Procrastination – Not so bad after all.

I am frequently guilty of procrastination. All my life I have battled with this affliction and seen it as the cause of many of my failures in life. Then today I watched Adam Grants TED talk on original thinkers and discovered that being a procrastinator is not that bad after all. In fact, according to […]

Platform mechanics at the PSA

Platform Mechanics to enhance your Speaking

I’d never heard of Platform Mechanics until I first joined the National Speakers Association (NSA) about 20 years ago.  Then it was still one of eight professional competencies speakers were expected to master.  Today it seems that the term has largely been replaced by Stagecraft which I find a bit confusing.  Stagecraft comes from the theatre […]

A Storyteller with a Message

A professional speakers is a storyteller with a message. It doesn’t really matter what the topic is – if you want people to remember who you are,  what you have to say and take some action you have to tell stories. I realised very early on in my speaking career that the biggest challenge I faced was […]

Learning from TED Talks

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design is now owned by the Sapling Foundation, a non profit organisation set up by Chris Anderson, and produces or inspires conferences across the world. While each conference has its own unique theme, all TED conferences have a goal to foster the spread of great ideas.

Sheryl Sandberg – Why we have too few women leaders

Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 talk at TED Women is an inspiring and informative speech that any woman, or man, looking to improve their speaking should take time to watch. It’s also a very important speech for anyone who cares about equality, especially gender equality. This article is one of a series of articles I am writing […]

Two Simple Rules To Help Women Massively Improve Their Public Speaking

I recently read some public speaking advice for women suggesting using video to analyse your faults and then writing out the speech in full. I believe that advice is exactly what you MUST NOT do because it will heighten your stress and anxiety and result in a boring speech. A better approach is to focus on getting the content right and let the presentation take care of itself.