Luck

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There is nothing about successful public speaking that comes down to luck. It is a matter of first knowing what you want to talk about and then, practice, practice, practice. LUCK = Labor Under the Control of Knowledge. It takes a lot of hard work to be ‘natural’ when speaking in public. Or as famous […]

The right tone of voice

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To maximize your impact when speaking in public, the single most important thing is tone of voice. The first question you ask yourself is, “What is my intention?”. Then, you generate the quality of sound that corresponds to that intention. Practice doing this and you’ll quickly see the results. “10% of conflicts are due to […]

What is your story?

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Being able to persuade is the linchpin of business.  If people don’t buy in to what you do or what you sell at an emotional level it will be much more difficult to clinch a deal. In spite of the importance of persuasion, many executives get bogged down by ‘biz-speak’.  Communications are hampered by jargon, […]

Am I repeating myself?

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A lot of presenters are afraid to repeat themselves but repetition is truly the art of pedagogy. To ground your leadership and show direction in your presentations, make sure that you find ways to repeat your key messages. “Repetition is the only rhetorical figure useful to the man of action.” Napoleon Bonaparte

The power of silence

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Watching Christine Lagarde give the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the IBA Annual Conference in Washington in 2016, it is clear that she is the consummate public speaker. However, what is particularly striking is her exquisite use of silence. Christine Lagarde, like all good speakers, knows the power of silence. Indeed, silence is […]

Emotionally attractive

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We spend a lot of time talking about how attractive celebrities and athletes are. Paul Newman’s blue eyes, Antoine Griezmann’s cute baby face, Usain Bolt’s lightning speed, Audrey Hepburn’s gamine elegance… Most of the time, though, our success is based on something we have far more control over: our emotional attractiveness. People who are open, […]