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  Today it seems that the term has largely been replaced by Stagecraft which I find a bit confusing.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 […]

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 […]

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

For years I believed that Speaking to a Group of people was the number one human fear – well ahead of fear of death. This belief has been confirmed by countless studies over the years listing public speaking at or near the top of the list of human fears… but the truth is that not many people are afraid of speaking in public.

Getting the Room Set-up Right

I don’t know why it is, but no matter how carefully I brief a hotel on the room set-up I want for my seminars, workshops and training meetings, more often than not when I arrive, they have provided a standard hotel room set up. What I find even more alarming is the number of times that I attend a meeting either as a guest speaker or audience member to find that the meeting planner or speaker has not bothered to think beyond this standard room set-up which is often quite hostile to the audience.