Words in speeches – If you pack’em in, your audience’ll block ‘em out!

When you prepare a speech, do you write it in much the same way as you would prepare a report? Do you cram as much as you can into what ever time you are allocated?

If you do, you’re not alone. And the consequences of your actions are that most audiences will tune out much of whatever you say.


Written and spoken words are not the same

Very few of us speak in the same way as we write. Nor are we programmed to hear (if we could be bothered) many words in a short space of time.


How to get more from social media ‘meet ups’ – Why speaking up can win you more visibility online

Engaging in offline networking is all about starting conversations, sharing information and developing relationships.

Meanwhile, social media marketing is about engaging in conversations, sharing information and collaboration – in other words, electronic networking.

They serve very similar functions and they commonly collide.

Many social media groups self organize offline networking events or ‘meet ups’ to encourage members to get to know/develop better relationships with those they interact with.


What Steve Jobs taught us about public speaking and inspiration

What Made Steve Jobs a Great Speaker?After almost 30 years of inspiring others, ill health forced Steve Jobs to step down from his role as CEO of Apple. And his extraordinary ability to captivate audiences with his visions will be sorely missed.

But why was he so lauded as a public speaker – so much so that his annual product launches were referred to as ‘Steve-note’ instead of Keynote addresses? And what can you learn from his approach to connecting with others?

In addition to paying meticulous attention to detail when preparing and practicing a speech, consider adopting some of his favourite techniques:


Sarkozy & Merkel fail credibility tests – lessons for public speakers


What a mess! Global stock indices have been hammered and the Euro crisis has been exacerbated in recent days on the back of a double whammy – fears about US debt default combined with an ill judged joint statement by President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel.

Looking at the latter, what happened and what’s all this got to do with effective public speaking?

Sometimes it’s better if a speaker says nothing!

Regardless of their intentions, Sarkozy and Merkel failed critical tests for their speech last Tuesday – international stock market audiences didn’t buy their arguments nor their motives.