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Public Speaking: How do you prepare to truly connect?

Public Speaking. It’s just a conversation. Even if all of the words go one way, you’re still just talking to your audience. It’s inclusive, even collaborative. It’s not fully pre-determined, even if all of the words are. Tony Robbins outlines 6 key human needs: Certainty; Variety; Significance; Connection; Growth; and Contribution. Ponder these. An audience […]

Vocal Coaching: We’ll make it sing for you.

I love vocal coaching. However, vocal coaching in certain professions has been a challenge! Everyone wants their voice to sound great. Everyone wants to make an impact. People are very sure that they want voices that are relaxed, confident, authoritative, trustworthy, engaging etc etc etc…insert more positive adjectives. “I want to use pitch and tone […]

Networking: “How can I help you?” not “How can I win business?”

Networking. It causes a fair bit of anxiety for a fair few people. Stupid, self-conscious, nervous, desperate, demeaning, shallow, clammy hands, dry mouth, forced, embarrassing. These are just some of the ways that either networking events themselves or the feelings that they drum up have been described to us in the past month. If you’ve […]

Public Speaking: The Power of Vulnerability

Compare your relationship with your audience to any individual relationship in your life. Your strongest relationships are those with the fewest barriers. You’re comfortable to be yourself and share openly. The relationship is, therefore, authentic and intimate. In the 1950s, US psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham developed a model called the ‘Johari’ window. It’s […]