On Getting Past Fears of Public Speaking: Lessons From a Potter’s Wheel

Public speaking lessons from potterySo, I recently stepped out of my comfort zone to have a bash at something I’ve always thought I’d be useless at – a pottery workshop with my missus (a birthday gift).

And I don’t mind admitting that my expectations were remarkably low. I assumed I’d be the sort who’d have clay flying everywhere and produce nothing more than wonky, misshapen, unrecognisable  ‘thingies’ never intended/destined for the light of day (or public view).

But, fortunately (and there was an element of chance in this), I choose a wonderfully talented and inspiring instructor (Hannah at Ballymorris Pottery – which is right beside Bunratty Castle in County Clare)…

…And that made all the difference in the world.

She managed to allay our fears of messing up (the self same fears that get in the way of honing public speaking skills) and helped us get to a ‘you can do this’ mindset.

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What You Should Learn From Awesome Speakers (And Why Imitation is Folly)

Learn from JFK Public SpeakingIf you want to hone your speaking skills, should you check out the best practices of awesome speakers and make it your business to learn from these folks so you can emulate or even imitate what they do?

After all, why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to and weren’t Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw right when they said:

  • “There’s no such thing as a new idea. That’s impossible.” and
  • “Imitation isn’t just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning”.

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Create More Compelling Facebook Videos With These 7 Ideas from Andrea Vahl

Facebook video tips from andrea vahlVideo content isn’t just hot these days; it has become the dominant type of content consumed online (In fact, studies show it’s set to account for 74% of all web traffic this year).

And if you’re not creating easy to find and compelling video content to promote your business on Facebook or YouTube, chances are you’ll lose out to competitors who do. After all, out of sight is out of mind.

But, here’s the snag. Although 96% of businesses say they plan to use video over the next year, many business leaders either don’t know or have yet to figure out how to create interesting video content.

If that sounds like you and you’d like some quick tips that can set you up for greater success when creating video – in this case for Facebook – you’re in luck…

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My Faith in Others is Renewed – A Belgian Story About Going The Extra Mile

Walk your talkI did something really stupid en route to a wedding in Brussels with my wife today (and revisited a valuable lesson along the way).

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