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Most People’s Number One Fear is Public Speaking. (Number Two is Death.)

When it comes to public speaking many of us tend to focus on external factors.

By Maria Tecce, ConfidentSpeak

Jerry Seinfeld, the famous New York comedian, perhaps summed this up best.

He said:

At a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.”

When it comes to public speaking many of us tend to focus on the ‘outside’: How am I coming across?  How do I look?  Do the audience like me?  What’s in it for me? A big part of effective presenting is actually an ‘inside’ job.

Great public speakers care about what they are saying, care about the audience and connecting with them, and remember that we’re all human beings craving a common connection.

Seinfeld even gets a mention in this article by comedian/therapist Jonathan Decker. It’s not all about technique and analytics!  Check it out here…

http://www.suindependent.com/news/id_7755/Your-Friendly-Neighborhood-Therapist:-How-to-be-a-fearless-public-speaker.html

Maria Tecce

maria@confidentspeak.com

 

 

Julian Treasure's TED talk

Four Powerful Words for Powerful Public Speaking from Julian Treasure’s TED Talk

HAIL. The short acronym and four words from Julian Treasure’s TED talk that the inspiring speaker put forward as the four cornerstones of powerful presentation and public speaking.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Julian Treasure's TED talk

The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say “I love you.” And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them. And why is that?

Thus begins Julian Treasure’s inspiring “How to speak so that people want to listen” talk for TED.

Treasure elaborates on what he believes are the four “cornerstones” of powerful speaking.

The four words form an acronym for the word HAIL.

The Four Cornerstones from Julian Treasure’s TED talk are:

  • H – Honesty. Being true in what you say, being straight and clear
  • A – Authenticity. Just being yourself, “standing in your own truth”
  • I  – Integrity. Being your word, doing what you say and being somebody people can trust
  • L – Love. If you’re really wishing somebody well, it’s very hard to judge them at the same time.

Later, Treasure adds:

You have an amazing toolbox. This instrument is incredible, and yet this is a toolbox that very few people have ever opened, I’d like to have a little rummage in there with you now and just pull a few tools out that you might like to take away and play with, which will increase the power of your speaking.

Check out Julian Treasure’s TED talk for yourself here … and prepare to be inspired!

 

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We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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Richard Branson on Public Speaking

Richard Branson on Public Speaking: The Billionaire Businessman’s Top Tips On Handling Speaking Nerves

You might not think one of the world’s most successful businessmen (not to mention best-known billionaires) might suffer from nerves when speaking in front of an audience. But you’d be wrong. Here are three tips from Richard Branson on public speaking.

By Maria Tecce, ConfidentSpeak

Richard Branson on Public Speaking

Nerves and anxiety affect pretty much everyone at some point, whether you’re speaking to an audience of thousands or one-to-one in the board room.

Much of the time it is not a case of eradicating those feeling but managing them and mastering them.

Great presenters and speakers are not born, they are made, with hard work and preparation.

In a recent article, featured on Fortune.com, Richard Branson mentions Winston Churchill, author Gavin Maxwell, and Mark Twain as his own touchstones for successful public speaking.

Richard Branson on Public Speaking: Lesson from Gavin Maxwell

When you need to speak in front of a crowd, close your mind to the fact that you’re on a stage with hundreds of people watching you and instead imagine yourself in a situation where you’d be comfortable speaking to a group. For example, imagine that you’re in your dining room at home, telling a story to friends over dinner. I know it sounds a little corny, but try it. This trick has certainly removed some of the anxiety for me.

Richard Branson on Public Speaking: Lesson from Winston Churchill

Churchill … once said: “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” Take this advice to heart. Even highly gifted speakers like Churchill would never ask an audience to listen for more than 25 minutes or so. Extending a presentation beyond half an hour will stretch any group’s attention span.

Richard Branson on Public Speaking: Lesson from Mark Twain

Twain was aware of the common misperception that in order to be a great speechmaker, one must be good at speaking off the cuff. Twain addressed this in 1899 when, speaking at a dinner given in his honor at London’s Whitefriars Club, he said: “Impromptu speaking — that is a difficult thing . I used to begin about a week ahead, and write out my impromptu speech and get it by heart.”

Throughout the piece Branson talks about a couple of his best loved tricks to beat the jitters and where his inspiration comes from in handling those nerves.

The full article can be read on Fortune.com over here.

And finally, remember the wise words of Soren Kierkegaard:

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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The Psychology of Confidence: Power Equals Confidence (And Vice Versa!)

Psychology of ConfidenceAre you interested in the psychology of confidence?

We long suspected that being powerful makes someone more confident, right?

How about the other way around? Yes – being confident does make you more powerful!

So power means confidence, and vice-versa.

A fascinating new report into recent psychological research studies show that when people are in positions of power, they feel more positive and speak more confidently.

These scientific trials, led by a social pyschology researchers at San Diego State University, have documented a shift in vocal quality as people move from positions of lower status to positions of higher status in their field.

So when we find way to feel more secure and self-assured, it affects how we sound.

The Psychology of Confidence Research

More from the researchers themselves:

Sei Jin Ko, a social psychology researcher at San Diego State University, explains that over a hundred college students came in to their lab to have themselves recorded, starting with a recording of their everyday voices. Then they were asked to imagine a scenario involving the purchase of a new car.

Some people were told they were in a position of high power — they had inside information or lots of other offers to choose from. Meanwhile, others were told they had very little power.

Both groups were then recorded reading the same text out loud. “It was something to the effect of, ‘I’m glad we’re meeting today to discuss this, we have a few differences that we’ll need to iron out before we come to an agreement,’ something like that,” Ko explains.

Researchers took the recordings and looked for differences between the two groups by analyzing acoustical features, such as pitch, resonance and intensity.

It turned out that feelings of power are reflected in people’s voices, says Ko. “When you put them in the situation, their voices change,” says Ko. “I think that’s very, very exciting and quite powerful, shall we say — no pun intended.”

Head on over here to read the full article or listen to the NPR piece from Nell Greenfieldboyce.

 

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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Speaking Lessons

Four Great Speaking Lessons From Five Great Actors

Speaking Lessons

Sir Anthony Hopkins. A great actor with great speaking lessons to impart

Everyone needs a good role model, right? Watching the best in their field, and learning from them, is a proven route to success. And the same is true when it comes to speaking lessons and becoming great public speakers. Here we take a quick look at five of the best from the world of acting: Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, John Hurt & Benedict Cumberbatch.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

So, what do they all have in common?

Of course, there are several things.

Yes, they are all British.

Yes, all male.

Yes, all accomplished actors.

Yes, all did their time on stage before making it on screen.

Knighthoods? Well, several of them do have one under their belt.

But here’s what I think is one of the most important things to focus on with this quintet: they are all phenomenally good public speakers!

Now you might think that this is a given; they are trained actors after all.

Sadly, though, that is not so. There is many an actor who can deliver a fine performance on screen or even on stage but when they have to stand up in front of an audience they don’t do so well.

So what are the public speaking strengths that Hopkins, Stewart, McKellen, Hurt and Cumberbatch (henceforth known—to me at any rate!—as The Fab Five) all demonstrate when they get on stage?

Great Actors Speaking Lessons, 1: They Possess Great Commitment and Clarity

I can almost guarantee,  that you could hand any of these guys a restaurant menu to read, and they would render you spellbound in seconds! How?  Well, it is all down to commitment to the line or message that they are delivering combined with clear and articulate delivery of it. Throughout they remain connected and committed to every word they speak, giving each word appropriate time and appropriate weight. As an audience you cannot help but listen and stay connected.

Great Actors Speaking Lessons, 2: They Have a Natural Flow

With each, you get the sense that they are exactly the same person on stage and off. There is an honest, natural flow to their delivery.

Great Actors Speaking Lessons, 3: They Use Pace to Great Effect

They all have great use of pace. They know when to keep it slow and measured, bringing life and vibrancy through great use of pitch. There is no rushing, no great urgency.

Great Actors Speaking Lessons, 4: They Let You Know They Are Ultra-Present

Did you ever listen to someone giving an interview or doing a speech and you sense that they are not really there, but that they are thinking ahead about what they are going to do or say next. The Fab Five are always present,  always in the moment, whether they are on stage, on camera or standing at a podium

These guys make it seem so easy that you could be forgiven for thinking that it is all down to natural ability. The truth is that most of it is down to hard graft – many hours spent preparing, planning & rehearsing. A comforting thought as it means that there is hope for us all!

Another Actor With a Masterful Voice

To finish, a little fun! 🙂

Check out this clip from The Lego Movie. Morgan Freeman, perhaps the American equivalent of our five British friends, jokes that he could read the phone book and make it sound interesting. It is true! So too with The Fab Five…

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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Public Speaking Panic Attack: How to Handle It (Better Than Michael Bay)

It’s our worst nightmare as public speakers: the public speaking panic attack. Nerves take hold, panic sets in, the mind goes blank. When the moment we all dread happening actually happens, how can we recover? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

public speaking panic attack

It is one of the scariest & loneliest places to find yourself and it can happen to anyone.

But if it happens to you, then what?

Well I guess you have a choice – the ‘fight or flight’ choice.

It is entirely up to you. In the case of one much-talked-about Samsung presentation in 2014, Hollywood director Michael Bay chose flight…

But if you choose instead to stay and fight, what do you need to do?

Let’s start here.

  • Stop
  • Take a moment and take a deep breath
  • Accept that you have lost control and your train of thought
  • Admit it—firstly to yourself and then if you want, to your audience

Now, think about this question.

What’s the worst that can happen?

It’s very important that you realise as soon as you possibly can that your audience is not your enemy.

Every audience wants the presenter to do well—if the speaker is doing well, the audience does well.  If a speaker is doing badly, the audience does badly.

In Michael Bay’s case, his audience was no different and they silently willed him to recover.

We break down all possible eventualities below.

Rules for Public Speaking Panic Attack, 1: Before you even get to the auditorium

Remember to have notes or at least a cue/anchor to help you get back on track

Rules for Public Speaking Panic Attack, 2: If you’ve just began your talk

  1. Stop, breathe, admit, accept it yourself
  2. Start over
  3. Tell the audience (honesty is always appreciated)

Rules for Public Speaking Panic Attack, 3: If you’re midway through a sentence

  1. Stop, breathe, admit to yourself
  2. Repeat what you’ve just said (or just ask the audience!) and this should get you back on track.

Good luck!

Olivia

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives.

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5 Minutes of Mandela: What Can We Learn from One of the World’s Greatest Orators?

Nelson Mandela, whose death in 2013 was felt by millions of people across the globe, spoke some of the most powerful words ever spoken at the end of an extraordinary speech which he gave during his trial in the 1960s for treason and acts of sabotage. He was one of the world’s greatest ever orators, and here is our tribute to perhaps the greatest Nelson Mandela speech of them all.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Nelson Mandela speech

At ConfidentSpeak we routinely study and learn from the world’s greatest speakers, orators and performers to help leaders communicate more effectively.

Today we take a look at one of the most inspirational and poignant speeches of all time, the Nelson Mandela speech before his imprisonment in 1964.

Speaking in the Supreme Court of South Africa, Pretoria on April 20th, 1964, Mr Mandela knew that he risked the gallows. In the end he was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour, a sentence which only came to an end when he was finally freed 27 years later in February 1990.

During his long speech so eloquently delivered, he didn’t deny the charges. Instead he explained how his actions of resistance were, as he saw it, no more than a moral duty.

Probably the most poignant part of this historic address is the last five minutes the transcript of which is below.

Five Minutes of the Greatest Nelson Mandela Speech

Africans want to be paid a living wage. Africans want to perform work which they are capable of doing, and not work which the government declares them to be capable of. Africans want to be allowed to live where they obtain work, and not be endorsed out of an area because they were not born there. Africans want to be allowed to own land in places where they work, and not to be obliged to live in rented houses which they can never call their own. Africans want to be part of the general population, and not confined to living in their own ghettoes. African men want to have their wives and children to live with them where they work, and not be forced into an unnatural existence in men’s hostels. African women want to be with their menfolk and not be left permanently widowed in the Reserves. Africans want to be allowed out after eleven o’clock at night and not to be confined to their rooms like little children. Africans want to be allowed to travel in their own country and to seek work where they want to and not where the labour bureau tells them to. Africans want a just share in the whole of South Africa; they want security and a stake in society.

Above all, we want equal political rights, because without them our disabilities will be permanent. I know this sounds revolutionary to the whites in this country, because the majority of voters will be Africans. This makes the white man fear democracy.

But this fear cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the only solution which will guarantee racial harmony and freedom for all. It is not true that the enfranchisement of all will result in racial domination. Political division, based on colour, is entirely artificial and, when it disappears, so will the domination of one colour group by another. The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs it will not change that policy.

This then is what the ANC is fighting. Their struggle is a truly national one. It is a struggle of the African people, inspired by their own suffering and their own experience. It is a struggle for the right to live.

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Listen to these last five minutes below, or read the full text of this epic speech here courtesy of The Guardian & with thanks to The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

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We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

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When Opportunity Calls: Six Vital Phone Interview Tips for Your Next Job Opp

The phone interview has become an increasingly common part of most recruitment processes. The environment is so different to the face-to-face meeting, so how should you prepare? Here’s our list of six phone interview tips to ace the first round of your job-hunting journey.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

phone interview tips

We were flicking through Fast Company recently when we happened upon an interesting article.

A piece by Judith Stock explained that employers are opting more and more for phone interviews to screen potential new hires as it allows the company to sort through candidates without committing to the expense and time required for on-site meetings.

In her article Ms Stock refers to a survey conducted by Office Team who polled 515 human resources managers in the US.

And the majority of those, 57%, reported that phone interviews happen “very often.”

With this in mind, here are some handy steps for phone interview preparation…

Phone Interview Tips, 1: Research Still Wins

  • Do a web search to find out everything you need to know about the company.
  • Search online for a photograph of the person who is interviewing you – It’s much easier to talk with someone when you know what they look like.
  • Write out a list of questions you want to ask and points you want to make -“What specific qualities and skills are you looking for in a candidate?” “How do you see this position contributing to the continued success of the organisation?” “I read recently that the company…

Phone Interview Tips, 2: Prepare the Scene

  • The last thing you need during a phone interview are noisy interruptions so make sure you can take the call in an isolated room
  • If possible, use a landline as a mobile phone connection can be less reliable
  • If you don’t have a landline then make sure that your mobile phone is fully charged and that you take the call in a place where the reception is reliable.

Phone Interview Tips, 3: Put on Your Game Face!

  • Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview; you’re more likely to feel and sound professional if you look the part.
  • Remember to smile – You wont sound bored or uninterested if you have a smile on your face.
  • Put a mirror on your desk to see your facial expressions when you talk.
  • It’s all about the voice so swallow a teaspoon of honey before the phone and have a glass of water nearby

Phone Interview Tips, 4: The Invisibility Factor

  • Because you’re unseen and so invisible, you can think of this interview like an “open-book test”. So if you wish you can have all the information you need to know about the company and the person conducting the interview open right in front of you, which is much more difficult to do in a face-to-face environment.

Phone Interview Tips, 5: Nail the 3 C’s:

The Three C’S  are concision, concentration and courtesy.

Concision

As phone interviews are generally shorter than in-person interviews you have less time in which to make a good impression so:

  • Avoid long-winded answers keep your responses to no more than three sentences.
  • The day before the interview, practice asking your questions aloud and rehears your answers to some potential questions that the interviewer might ask you -“What are your strengths?” “Tell me about yourself….”)

Concentration

It’s important to stay focused and take notes during the call. Listen carefully throughout so that your responses are to the point.

Courtesy

Be professional and be polite.

  • At the end of the call you could ask – ‘Do my qualifications meet the company’s needs?’ Then ask when you could meet with them in person
  • However the interview goes, end with a ‘thank you.’
  • Remember the last few words of a conversation are often the most remembered.”

Phone Interview Tips, 6: The Follow-Up

If you want this job you need to restate your interest so about 24 hours after the interview ends, send an email to the interviewer:

  • The subject line should be: “Your name and the position you applied for.”
  • Thank them for the opportunity to speak with the
  • Summarise what you spoke about during the interview.
  • Include a link to an interesting news article about the company that you already found during your preparation research.

Conclusion

There you have it. Follow all these steps and you should be set up to communicate brilliantly in any phone interview, and leave you in a perfect position to step forward to the next stage of the process.

To recap:

  • Research is still vital
  • Get your location ready
  • Put on the game face
  • Make the most of being invisible!
  • Tick off “The Three C’s”
  • Follow up with care and attention

Good luck!

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives.

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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The Power of Eye Contact: New Research and Proven Advice

Eye contact: is it good or bad when you’re communicating? New research suggests that forcing eye contact could have a negative effect, but in the right manner eye contact can be very powerful.

By Ariadne Laurenns, ConfidentSpeak

eye contactWe have all said it—especially if like me, you’re a parent.

Look at me while I am speaking to you.

Contrary to popular belief, though, uttering those words may result in far from the desired outcome.

New research has found convincing evidence that attempting to force eye contact when trying to change someone’s mind or persuade them of something may actually cause the listener to become less receptive.

During this research, subjects who were asked to hold eye contact with a speaker were less open-minded and more likely to hold on to their original opinion than those who were allowed to look elsewhere.

According to one of the study’s authors, social psychologist Julia A. Minson:

Eye contact is a very intimate thing,  so when you’re in a situation that feels confrontational, I think it’s more likely to put people off … Dogs aren’t going to look each other in the eye unless they’re about to fight.

Frances S. Chen, the other study author and a social psychologist, added:

It’s already a tense situation. That’s a very primal way that eye contact is used.

Prior to taking part in the experiment the subjects were asked for their opinions on various topics.

The researchers, using eye-tracking technology, then asked them to watch recorded speeches which supported the opposing viewpoint. The subjects were then asked whether their attitude had changed. Those who focused on the speakers’ gaze were less likely to have changed their opinion than those who looked at other parts of the speaker’s face.

Ms Chen said:

People were less open-minded and receptive the more they look at the eyes.

Throughout this research both spontaneous and forced eye contact were tested. In the first experiment an area of gaze focus was not specified whereas in the second, experiment, Subjects were told to stare at either the speaker’s eyes or mouth.

The results?

Maintained eye contact was less likely to lead to opinion change.

Eye contact is still an important and powerful social skill

We must not forget, however, just how powerful eye contact can be.

Here are some tips to help you use it effectively in both one to one situations and more formally in a speech or presentation.

How Eye Contact can be Powerful in Face-to-Face Communications

Eye contact helps to create  moments where you are able to tangibly feel what someone else is feeling. It creates empathy and an intimate bond…

  • Lean back as you increase the amount of eye contact – This will make the receiver more comfortable and avoid crowding them
  • Focus on one eye at a time and switch slowly and smoothly between them – This avoids a laser-like gaze with can be off putting
  • Try the ‘Triangle Method” (this really works!) – Focus on one of the persons eyes for a second, then move your gaze to the other, then to their mouth and back to the first eye using a natural flow.

How Eye Contact can be Powerful in a Speech or Presentation

This is made much easier and used to more effect the more you have rehearsed your talk and the less you have to refer to your notes.

  • Open your talk with eye contact – take a few moments to look around, smile and name eye contact with your audience before you start
  • Through out your speech make eye contact with individuals in your audience – this will help to create a sense of intimacy.
  • Make a particular effort to make eye contact at the end of your speech – This is when you will leave a lasting impression and drive home your message
  • Try meeting the eyes of a stranger on the street – (although this should be used with caution for obvious reasons) It’s a great way to build eye-contact-confidence – just keep your expression neutral and your gaze soft and brief.

You can read more on the research by Minson, Chen and their research teams at the Psychological Science Journal website.

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

Email: info@confidentspeak.com

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TED Talk

The Confident Speak Award for Best Talk goes to… The Guy with the Frog at TEDx Dublin!

We are lucky enough to have attended several TEDx Dublin events – for business and pleasure, you understand! One of the most impressive talks we’ve witnessed was that of Fergus McAuliffe in 2013. Here’s why.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

TEDx Dublin Best Talk Fergus McAuliffe Canadian Wood Frog

The Confident Speak crew attended TEDx Dublin in September 2013, and amongst the many experienced speakers on the day it was a young Environmental Scientist called Fergus McAuliffe who most impressed our team.

This softly spoken Cork man recently won the “FameLab International” competition where entrants were judged according to the golden rule of the 3 C’s

  • Content
  • Clarity
  • Charisma

Competing against 20 other finalists at this Times Cheltenham Science Festival, his talk was about how the wood frog in Canada blurs the line between life and death.

He spoke at TEDx in Dublin about the challenge he faced in communicating this effectively to both the scientific and non-scientific community since a scientist’s thought pattern—due of the nature of their work—has to be primarily objective whilst those of us not in the field of science tend to be more subjective.

His solution was to tell a story, one that would appeal to both scientists and non-scientists alike.

He relayed that story to us on Saturday afternoon, and it worked!

We sat upright, glued to the stage, listening to every detail.

We may have held no preconception or indeed had any interest before this speech in the Canadian Wood Frog.

By the end of Fergus’s talk, though, we were hooked on this little fella and how his antifreeze like blood prevents him from freezing to death in winter!

Fergus’s full speech is below (and below that again, the “science bit” from his FameLab speech earlier in 2013)

Fergus McAuliffe’s TEDx Dublin talk on the Canadian Wood Frog

Fergus McAuliffe’s talk at FameLab 2013

 

About ConfidentSpeak

ConfidentSpeak is a Voice and Communications consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland.

We offer a range of voice and communications programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals. Our packages are tailored for both individual and corporate level. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives

Contact us for details by filling out this form, or call or email us via the details below.

Telephone:- +353 1 9696056

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