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Why rehearsed gestures so often fall flat body language Mar 12, 2020

Are you rehearsing the authenticity out of your presentations? Dr Nick Morgan, a preeminent communications coach and occasional contributor to this blog, thinks it’s possible.

Nick tells the story of Carol, VP of sales, tasked with inspiring...

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Are you filling your presentations with filler words? filler words presentations Mar 11, 2020

A lot of the words we fall back on when we’re making a presentation or speech, especially if we feel under pressure, don’t actually serve any useful purpose. In fact they are obstacles to understanding and barriers to engagement.

What...

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Why you need to be in the M and M business dave carroll speaking Feb 16, 2020

If you are called on to make many speeches or presentations, we have some great food-for-thought for you from a speech by singer/songwriter, author and social media activist Dave Carroll.

Dave, the guy who had that viral blockbuster United...

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Six ways to make your writing memorable writing Feb 16, 2020

If you were drowning, you’d shout ’Help’.

You’re unlikely to say ‘Your assistance is required due to my imperiled state’.

Yet, often, we send bunches of words to do what one could achieve: have a meeting...

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How will your speeches and presentations be judged? authenticity political speeches Feb 16, 2020

How do you judge a speech, particularly a political speech? By what it achieves at the moment of delivery? Or should history be the true judge?

Recent events in Washington had Eliot Cohen pondering this question in an article last week in The...

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Which butterfly stage are you at as a speaker? creativity presentations Feb 16, 2020

A painting on a wall of a butterfly made me think of the good and not-so-good aspects of making a presentation or speech.

When it goes well, we are the magnificent butterfly: delicate but powerful, spreading our wings and being the best we can be....

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Four speaking tips from Oscar winner Brad Pitt nerves public speaking Feb 16, 2020

Today’s quick quiz question: who recently said: “Speeches make me nervous. I’ve always been really tentative.”

OK, if you answered Brad Pitt, award yourself an Oscar.

Brad Pitt is no stranger to making speeches. This year...

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You've finished writing; now the work really begins editing writing Jan 15, 2020

A couple of months ago I was taking part in a workshop with that wonderful Newfoundland writer, Donna Morrissey. A novel-writing class with the award-winning author of Sylvanus Now, The Fortunate Brother, and Kit’s Law, was pretty daunting -...

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A CEO's quest for a better way of speaking speech writing Jan 15, 2020

Once a upon a time there was a CEO. He had to make a speech to some very important and influential people. So he hired a speech writer.

The minute he looked at the speech, he knew he was in big trouble. He knew that with the script he’d been...

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Wildfires in Oz: fund-raiser with a difference Jan 15, 2020

If you’ve seen any of those horrific pictures from the wildfire disaster in Australia, you may have wondered ‘what can I do to help?’

Here’s something you could consider… something a little different from simply...

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Be a speaker, first - and then a writer talkitout Jan 15, 2020

Our brains are wired for speech naturally. Children learn to speak at a very early age. They learn to read and write later. You can speak and understand a language, without necessarily reading or writing it.

From the cradle we become used to the...

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Out with the old, and let in new ideas Jan 14, 2020

I cleaned out my office this month. It took four days. I got rid of a mountain of old dead files, two filing cabinets, a pile of CDs (what did we ever use those for?) and various knick-knacks that were just collecting dust.

I wound up with lots...

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