What a Stinker!

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Friday was a bad day – for one woman.

The assignment was a 20 min speech before an audience of 120 people to reassure them of the credibility of a service being offered by her company.

The intro was reasonable, not dynamic or attention grabbing but enough to hold on to the audience BUT  . . . it soon became apparent that the woman had more or less learned her “script” by heart and was speaking from memory supported by a prompt sheet that was in fact the word for word speech.

All sincerity was lost!

How can you convince an audience of something with a memorised speech – It was rather like the recent pathetic attempt by a famous golfer to convince his family, supporters and financial backers that he was sorry for serial womanizing by reading a prepared statement.

A motivational speech has to come from the heart, to do that it has to be part of you. Well prepared yes, written out maybe but then shrunk down to very brief prompts and presented in an extemporaneous style.

The speech finished on time but the audience had “gone home” soon after it had started!

More on this in Core Training soon.


A tasting of the new White Flat at Costa

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The New Flat White

Did it live up to the hype in the promo leaflet – sure did – but I couldn’t resist a touch of chocolate dusted on top so it wasn’t far off a cappuccino. Will I make it my “regular” ? It would take a lot to beat an Americano with pouring cream on the side for a long drink or the delicious kick of a Double shot Con Pana with Choc chips adorning the slurp of fresh cream floating on top!

What’s your favourite way to imbibe the black stuff?

Don’t drown them with your illustrations!

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Yes – Illustrations are an excellent way to drive home a point. All great speakers use them BUT make sure you keep them short and only use them to support and drive home the main points of your presentation. They can be verbal by way of a very short story, a comparison – (similes and metaphors) or visually by way of a “picture”, short video or graph.

Make them easily understood and do not weave one illustration throughout the presentation or talk, that will only distract the audience who will get hooked on or bored by the story rather that the presentation itself.

What experiences have you had with good and bad illustrations?

Grab Attention . . . Introductions that make an Impact

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Do you grab you audience by their ears? If not then read on and discover 4 ways to make ’em sit up and listen.

Everyone knows that web surfers access sites in micro-seconds, rapidly moving on if not “satisfied”.

The very same thing takes place when you are presenting.

Whether the audience is large or small, individuals have normally made their mind up to “listen or not ” within the first 6.5 seconds.

That’s why introductions are so important.

Four Ways to Capture your Listeners Ears

1. Use an illustration – At a speakers convention recently I noted 50% of them used this technique with illustrations from Radio Telescopes to The Dance of Honey Bees. To be effective it needs to be short, relevant to your theme and understood by the audience.

2. Tell a story – We all love stories. That’s how history was passed on (and embellished) at one time. Some comedians use this technique to great effect (Ronnie Corbet was a master at it). But again the story needs to be short and relevant to the theme of the talk.

3. Questions – There is no better way to engage an audience than by a question that will involve them. It must be open (ie require more than a Yes or No) , stimulating and lead the listener into the main body of the presentation.

4. Quotations – Beware, these need to be very short, pithy, easily understood and by a well-known “authority”. If not you will lose your audience from the very first sentence you speak.

 Examples to follow next time.

Coffee Comment

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Possible with Instant

Hey, hope you don’t mind but coffee is another passion of mine, so from time to time I’ll drop in the odd comment about the fluid that fuels my day.

Have you tried the Starbucks Instant yet? That’s not meant to be blasphemous, it comes pretty close to the real stuff at  “your third place” . And you get a free mug when you buy a couple of 12 packs!

– Enjoy, Macca

This is where it all begins

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“I Keep Six Honest
Serving Men …”

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

The Elephant’s Child – Rudyard Kipling

Lose your fear of public speaking and quickly become a Pro-Presenter

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After over 30 years of professional presenting and public speaking all across Europe I have decided to pass on what I have learnt to help others become proficient presenters and even enjoy the experience.

If you want to change peoples lives by what you say and how you say it, stay glued to the blog because over the coming months I will reveal just how to do this.

But be patient with me for I am a virgin blogger, so I have a learning curve to go through too.

Let’s Enjoy The Journey Together,


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