Archive for Speaking’ Category

Have you written a book yet?
Jul

20

2016

Have you written a book yet?

Write your book There are some successful speakers out there who haven’t written a book, but not many. Some become successful and then write, others write to help them become successful. Either way, writing a book makes a lot of sense for speakers. The academic community have a saying: ‘Publish or Perish’. Most speakers don’t come from that background but I would suggest that the…

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Is your Keynote Relevant?
Jul

19

2016

Is your Keynote Relevant?

Is your keynote relevant for every audience? Dan Kennedy is quoted as saying “It is easier to find a new audience than it is to write a new speech” Some speakers have developed a really well crafted keynote and travelled the world saying the same things to different audiences three times a week for 10 years. Some even get asked back to the same audience…

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What gives you the right to speak in public?
Jun

30

2016

What gives you the right to speak in public?

Of course you know your subject. Of course you have been doing it for 40 years and there is nothing you don’t know about “Widget Making” or “Scone Baking” (replace the last two with your field of expertise). The challenge is that there are tens of thousands of people who have also been doing what you have been doing. What makes you so special? You…

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Speakers – Are you having a good year?
Jun

29

2016

Speakers – Are you having a good year?

Having a good year? Hit by the recession? How will Brexit affect your business? Those of us who get together regularly at speaker meetings, airports, mastermind groups or at the back of the hall will know this question well. “Hi Peter, (or Fred or Gill) you busy?” The answer is usually something like “Gee, it’s hectic. Had to turn down a gig last week, just…

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Pause for effect
Jun

23

2016

Pause for effect

How often do you Pause? As a speaker I spend a great deal of time working out the words I should use to get my message across in a meaningful way. I have to convince my audience to understand and accept my point of view and to entertain them while I am doing it. I have discovered, however, that silence can be as powerful as…

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Speaking for a Living
May

13

2013

Speaking for a Living

Can you Speak? Influence bookI know, most of us speak very well. You speak with your friends at a party or with your children around the dining table. But can you speak when faced with an audience? Most of us would answer that question with a very definite… No! For some of us, that is really good news. Some of us welcome an audience as...

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The Mother City
Jan

18

2013

The Mother City

I have moved to Cape Town. This is not such a dramatic thing, plenty of people see the light and move to Cape Town, but now that I have taken the plunge and moved, I cannot imagine why I didn't do it years ago. Cape Town is wonderful! Calling Cape Town the Mother City has always interested me. Why does it have such a name?...

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