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Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk: What You Can Learn

Jamie Oliver's TED Talk: What You Can LearnJamie Oliver’s TED talk saw one of the world’s best-loved TV chefs shares powerful stories from his anti-obesity project.  The famous British TV chef and food campaigner makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.  I thought it would be useful to use his talk as a reference point for TED talk advice—what worked, and what I felt did not.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

What works for me in Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk?

1. His Passion & Energy

God is he passionate about his subject matter.  He’s got energy  in bucket loads – in his language, delivery and stage presence.

2. He is Natural & Honest

What you see is what you get – like him or not.    No airs, No graces.  No changing who he is for a foreign audience – perhaps it’s his celebrity status though.

3. Both Oliver’s Message and Its Delivery Are Filled With Simplicity

He’s got a powerful message, delivered with simplicity.  His language, and story telling makes it simply powerful.

4. He Makes a Deep Connection with His Audience

Through use of story, analogy, personal experience – he’s got the audience in the palm of his hands.

5. The Q-Card Debate

I get asked regularly in training about the use of cue-cards. People think they are unprofessional, and that it looks like you’re not very confident in either your message or your ability to deliver it.

Well he’s got them, just in case he loses concentration, and it doesn’t detract from the talk at all.

Better to have them, than lose track.

6. He Offers a Little Shock Factor

Plenty of relevant shocking facts, personal stories, and statistics – keeping everyone thinking and on their toes.

7. He Uses Props & Visual Aids Effectively

Very effective use of video footage throughout – gives the audience a break from him and his regular rants!  The video footage of Jamie in the school asking kids what he was holding (a potato) – and they didn’t know!

The prop used to demonstrate sugar was great,  a wheel barrow full of sugar poured on stage! brave, and effective.

8. Clap trap

The skill to ensure the audience claps at certain times throughout—Jamie has it mastered.

This takes skill to pull it off naturally. It needs clever vocal delivery—pace, suspensive pause and inflection—but he did well on this note.

9. Finishing With a Clear Call to Action

Jamie finishes his talk with a very clear call to action.

Notice how he slows everything down, and the very clear silence before he delivers the call to action—it’s very effective. There is absolutely no getting away from what he wants the audience to do.

What doesn’t work for me in Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk?

1. He’s a Moving Target

I didn’t like the way he paced the floor throughout,  I find it distracting.  I always believe put the energy into your vocal delivery, and move only for a reason and with purpose.

2. He Talks at his Audience, Not to Them

Well I always say don’t talk at your audience, talk too them – well he seems to break the rule – he certainly talks at them and is regularly lecturish, but he gets away with it, simply because he’s message is so thought provoking, and maybe he gets away with it because he brings in one-lines throughout, and maybe simply because of his celebrity status!

3. PowerPoint

If he was going to use PowerPoint slides, he could have used cooler, more engaging graphics. Instead, the visuals and slides he used on-screen did little to serve his message or delivery.

Conclusion

So the question is: could anyone learn from Jamie Oliver’s TED talk, and do what he did in front of a large live audience?

Well if you’re passionate enough about a topic, if you believe in your message and you’re willing to put in the work, absolutely you can.

We hope this breakdown of Jamie Oliver’s TED talk offers you some useful advice for your own delivery in your professional presentations or public speaking engagements.

Now off you go and get on the stage!

Here’s Jamie Oliver’s TED talk in full

It’s 20 minutes and it’s a powerful message.

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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Ten Sales Pitch Mistakes We’ve Seen Over and Over Again on Dragons’ Den

Looking for some sales pitch tips? You’d think popular TV show Dragons’ Den would be the place to learn some great sales presentation techniques. However, there are so many sales pitch mistakes made on the show—over and over and over again. Here we share ten recurring mistakes we’ve witnessed—in the hope that you can avoid where others have gone before. Enjoy!

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

Dragons' Den sales pitch mistakes

1. Having a Poorly Structured Pitch

No thought about what makes a strong pitch – people seem to think that just because they understand and believe in the business idea,  everyone else will also – it doesn’t work like that.  You need to really understand what makes a strong pitch – do your homework!

2. Using Complex Jargon

Using complicated language does not make you look smart it just confuses the investor.

3. Not Carrying Out the Required Research

Not having researched the profile of each Dragon/investor.   It is vital that you know who the investors are and their possible interests/conflicts. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about the investors – why should they invest?

4. Poor Preparation for Question Time

Not thinking about the answers to “nasty questions” investors may ask.  You then become frustrated and confused.   Do your homework!

5. Not Rehearsing

If you haven’t rehearsed aloud, how do you expect to sound confident and relaxed?

6. Speaking Too Quickly

Having spent no time rehearsing , you get nervous and speak too quickly, this confuses and lacks confidence. With a poorly structured pitch, you pack the business “life story” into the pitch – which just confuses even more!

7. No Thought Given to Body Language and Physical Presence

Poor entrance and weak body language screams lack of confidence. Decisions are made in the first 15 seconds about you.

8. Becoming Defensive

When things aren’t going your way, and investors aren’t biting you become defensive—remember it’s not personal it’s just business.

9. Poor Use of Props

Awkward, gimmicky props don’t enhance, they annoy.  If you are using a prop make sure it adds to your pitch and doesn’t confuse or detract and that you have practiced and know that it will work well.

10. Being a Dreamer

Unrealistic sales/profit projections – nothing annoys investors more than idealistic, improbable projections! Do your homework and be honest.

Please feel free to add your own sales pitch tips to this list.

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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Political Public Speaking Techniques – Secrets To David Cameron’s Speech Uncovered

There’s a lot to be learned from studying political public speaking techniques. Here we take a closer look at a speech by then British Conservative Party leader David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference in October 2009.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

political public speaking techniquesDavid Cameron’s pitch at the Conservative Party Conference of 2009 was “high on rhetoric, scarce on policy”, or so the critics said.

But I’m not so interested in the policy of the politics. I study politicians for their communications techniques.

And I believe that as a piece of communication, Cameron’s 2009 speech, or several elements of it at least, certainly worked for me.

When it comes to political public speaking, here’s the thing.

There is a formula that Cameron and many other politicians use.

Therefore I thought it would be useful to share ten public speaking techniques Cameron used in this 2009 speech to enhance the success of imparting his message to his audience.

 

1. The Three-Point List

By structuring his messages into three-point lists he strengthens and amplifies his message.

A three-point list gives the audience time to recognise and react appropriately.

An audience can easily remember lists of three hence there are many three-point statements throughout the speech. Listen, for example, to his use of “family, community, country”.

(Barack Obama was another famous exponent of the three-point list technique.)

2. His Use of Contrast

By using contrast in public speaking, it provides a puzzle and it arouses curiosity. As such it opens the way for a punch line.

For example:

We all know how bad things are, massive debt, social breakdown, political disenchantment. But what I want to talk about today is how good things could be.

Of course, Cameron was leader of the Opposition at this point, so talking in this manner was easier in Opposition than it would be in Government.

3. Similarity & Repetition

He uses similarity and repetition in the language he uses, in the length of his sentences and even in his grammar. This helps an audience remember and adds weight and emphasis to his message.

For example:

None of this will be easy. We will be tested. I will be tested. I’m ready for that – and so I believe, are the British people. So yes, there is a steep climb ahead. But I tell you this. The view from the summit will be worth it.

4. Use of Metaphor/Analogy

He  uses metophor and analogy throughout his speech.  This is done to evoke people’s imagination.

The “steep climb ahead / view from the summit example” above also fits the bill here.

5. Rhetorical questions

He uses rhetorical questions to stimulates thinking, it evokes curiosity.  It also qualifies the point he wishes to make.

For example:

Yes, we need to change the way we live. But is that such a bad thing? The insatiable consumption and materialism of the past decade, has it made us happier or more fulfilled?

6. Personal Language

He uses a conversational style, and people automatically connect with that.

They will feel they are being talked to as opposed to talked at.

He also uses  “I”, “we” and  “our” throughout this speech.

Involving the audience as if they were with him on the journey will engage listeners.

For example:

The problems we face are big and urgent. Rebuilding our broken economy … because unless we do, our children will be saddled with debt for decades to come.

Mending our broken society … because unless we do, we will never solve those stubborn social problems that cause the size of government to rise.

Fixing our broken politics … because unless we do, we will never reform public services, never see the strong, powerful citizens who will build the responsible society that we all want to see.

7. He Uses Story to Great Effect

By embedding honest and personal stories into the speech brings a human touch which again connects with people immediately.

For example:

I know how lucky I’ve been to have the chances I had.

And I know there are children growing up in Britain today who will never know the love of a father. Who are born in homes that hold them back. Who go to schools that keep them back.

Children who will never start a business, never raise a family, never see the world. Children who will live the life they’re given, not the life they want. That is what I want to change. I want every child to have the chances I had. That is why I’m standing here.

8. Commitment to every word

I felt he was connected and committed to his message.

He gives each word appropriate time and appropriate weight. It feels like he has thought about every word he spoke. There is no rushing, no great urgency and this draws the audience in.

9. He Has a Strong Vocal Delivery

Pretty good use of pace and timing, and both emphasis and energy are well used at the appropriate times.

10. His Overall Presence

Standing there, composed and grounded with no movement adds weight to his presence. It gives the audience confidence in the speaker.

Some Areas Where Improvement is Required!

Timing

Research has uncovered that the average duration of an enthusiastic applause is 7-8 seconds.

However, instead of moving forward with a well-timed restart, Cameron waits for the audience to finish clapping and hence he loses the momentum of the message, and with it too an element of charisma.

Never Wait for the Applause!

Pausing and waiting for the audience to clap is a faux pas which he did a number of times.

This removes the sense of spontaneity. A great public speaker needs to be even more committed to his message than to accepting praise.

Here are some links to the speech in full.

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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Achieve Stage Presence – Presenting Magically: Transforming your Stage Presence Book Review

Author Tad James David Shephard – Presenting Magically: Transforming your Stage Presence

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Level My personal feeling is that this book is not for the novice presenter.  It does offer a different and powerful approach to the art of presentation and achieving stage presence.  This is done through NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).  Some prior knowledge of NLP would be useful.

Layout The text is heavy.  It is broken up with practical exercises throughout. This is a book you’ll dip in and out as you work on your stage presence.  I liked this book and found it a valuable read.

What is the theme of the book? It’s about achieving stage presence

The author describes the NLP approach to presenting as an attitude of mind rather than a set of techniques and therefore a refreshing approach.  The key message they communicate throughout the book is encouraging a presenter to be comfortable with being themselves.   The book explores and challenges the reader on personal limiting beliefs.  Questions are asked about a presenter’s/reader’s  “fear” of presenting.  The reader is given an insight into addressing insecurities and fears.  This book at times is very thought provoking.

 

3 Things I liked

 Chapters on Presence & Energy

The book offers powerful techniques on how to establish strong presence, and positive energy with an audience.  The techniques on mental and physical preparation were excellent.  I liked the sense of being at one with the room. There is great advice on rapport and audience connection.

Connecting with your Audience

There are very useful exercises on connecting with your audience and establishing rapport- very useful.

Something different – Language & Structure

There is an interesting angle on language usage (using NLP).  If you are curious about the language skills of charismatic presenters you’ll find some interesting insights in these chapters.  The authors ask presenters to develop their presentations using metaphors. The authors advise towards a simplistic approach to language, structure and content.

   “most of the big things in life are simple”.

3 Things I didn’t like

Jargon

There is quite a lot of jargon throughout this book despite the authors best efforts,this can be heavy going for the reader at times.

A challenging read

The book does offer undeniable advice.  It would be a challenge for any reader sitting alone trying to figure it all out.   I felt a practical course (on Presenting using NLP) is an imperative with this book.

Some of the exercises are challenging and long winded.

 

I’d recommend this book to experienced presenters who already have a basic understanding of NLP.  It’s my opinion that this book is a useful book for people wanting to work on acquiring greater stage presence.

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How to be a Great Communicator: Alistair Cooke & the 3 P’s of Great Communication

Described by Tony Blair as “one of the greatest broadcasters of all time”, Alistair Cooke is one fine example of what a great communicator looks and sounds like. So what can we learn about the art of communication from the BBC legend?

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

great communicatorRecently I was giving a communications seminar and we started discussing some of the best communicators.

The question was asked, “Who is a great communicator?”

So we got to talking about presenters who really connect with their  audiences. One name to pop up was Alistair Cooke, who has been described by Tony Blair as “one of the greatest broadcasters of all time”.

So what were Alistair’s secrets? What makes him so refreshing to listen to? What makes him so memorable as a great communicator?

We try to break it down.

Alistair Cooke’s secret, I believe, boils down to what I call my 3 P’s for becoming a great communicator.

The 3 P’s of Being a Great Communicator, 1: Pace

Listen to Cooke anytime and you have to marvel at his great use of PACE.

Pace is hugely important for engaging and connecting with audiences.

He keeps his pace slow and measured, but also brings life and vibrancy through his great use of pitch range is key for engaging any audience.

The 3 P’s of Being a Great Communicator, 2: Presence

A great communicator always remains in the moment, is always PRESENT.

It can be hard to describe this, but think of it like this.

Did you ever listen to someone giving a presentation and you knew they were thinking about what they are going to say or do next?

It can be hugely frustrating for an audience when this happens.

Cooke, however, is always present, he is always “in the moment” when he’s speaking.

I believe you achieve this through preparation and planning.  In other words a little work!

The 3 P’s of Being a Great Communicator, 3: Personal

With Alistair Cooke, you just get the sense he is exactly the same person in-front of the mic as behind the mic.

There is no real sense of a “show man”.

There is an honest, natural flow in this delivery.

You just don’t get a sense of artifice. He seems so authentic.  He is relaxed and composed.

The outcome?

As a result, his audience is also relaxed and composed. His audience is able to listen and stay connected with him and not getting distracted.

The Alistair Cooke School of Great Communication Conclusion

The end result of everything Alistair Cooke brings to the table is that he has a definite commitment to the words he’s speaking, which gives him an honesty and integrity when he speaks.

  • He is connected and committed to every word he speaks.
  • He gives each word appropriate time and appropriate weight.
  • It feels like he has thought about every word he speaks.
  • He is emotionally connected to whatever he is saying.
  • There is no rush, an urgency but no haste.
  • These attributes draw an audience in.

Sit back, take a moment and have a little trip down memory lane with the Alistair Cooke YouTube clip below.

Is his speaking style timeless or does it feel dated to you?

Without question the slightly clipped BBC accent has certainly received a modification over time. We don’t hear it very often these days (I for one miss it!)

But leaving the accent aside, I don’t think the basic delivery skills to being a great communicator are out of date.

I don’t think they ever will be out of date. In fact, we all need to learn from a great communicator like Alistair Cooke. (If you want even more after the clip below, here’s a link to some of his “Letters from America” broadcasts.)

 

To learn some of these skills to help you engage and influence audiences, contact us to hear about our Vocal Presence Programmes.

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.

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Giving Presentations Book Review

The latest in our series of book reviews on the general theme of communication in business, we take a deep dive into the Giving Presentations book, written by Jo Billingham.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

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Giving Presentations book: The basic details

  • Author: Jo Billingham, who writes business-to-business communications for individuals and groups to help to improve their presentation skills.
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • First Published: 2003
  • Other Details: The book is part of the “One Step Ahead” series by the publisher
  • Where to Buy: From Amazon here

Who is this book suitable for?

This  book is fine for beginners. It covers all the basics in preparing and delivering presentations.  However, it does not go into any great degree of depth that might be required for more advanced presenters.

What is the book’s structure?

The book’s structure makes it easy to read.

It’s laid out in bullet points, with brief pointers and reminders throughout.

It is not text heavy, so it could be used as a reference book to pick up and put down.

The language is simple and it has an easy flow. There are useful quotes littered throughout the book, some amusing, and some thought provoking.

Three Things I Found Useful from the Giving Presentations Books

1. Team presentations

This chapter on delivering presentations as a team is useful for sure. The bullet point format or brief pointers work well.

When we present we tend to focus on ourselves and our message, and tend to forget about the other people in the room. This can be even more pointed when we present as part of a team, when there is always a need for strategy.

This chapter provides concise information and rules that a team of presenters often forget.

2. Presenters tool kit checklists (pages 122- 133)

This section is very useful to any presenter, beginner or experienced.

Why? It’s a fast reminder, a tick list reminding us of the basics that we often forget when we are busy preparing or worrying.

More importantly this checklist is very useful for those experienced presenters who might have become blasé about presenting.

I use these checklists on my advanced courses regularly.

3. Question time

The book has a useful chapter (though a little brief) on handling questions, how to handle difficult audience members and how to prepare for question time.

Things I Didn’t Find Useful

The book lacks depth in all chapters. Unfortunately, it seems to skim the surface throughout.

Whilst it’s useful no doubt, it doesn’t add much for the more experienced presenters.

If you are looking for something different in a presentation skills book this read doesn’t really offer it.

All in all it’s pretty “bog standard”, with nothing really new to offer.

Overall I felt it lacked creativity. It’s a little old fashioned in certain chapters. For example what it has to say about wardrobe and on visual aids are already a little dated. Also, it didn’t include a chapter on language which could be useful for the reader.

Summary of Giving Presentations book

For beginners, it’s worth a read. For more experienced presenters, however, don’t bother as there are better options out there.

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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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Looking for Books about Voice Coaching? Here’s One That Ticks All Boxes

There are so many books about voice coaching and presentation skills that claim they will help you improve your voice, speaking and presenting ability. The problem? So many of them are so boring to read! Here’s one that ticks all the boxes.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

A bit harsh?

Honestly, and I say this with my professional voice coaching hat on, a lot of books about voice coaching or speaking can be a really tough read for non-voice professionals.

Why?

Most often, it’s because of the overly practical nature of the content.

The books seem interesting when you glance at the cover, and flick through them in the shop.

You buy them with both great hopes and great intentions.

But when you get home they find their way to a shelf where they gather dust, and no matter how much you try, you can’t get through more than a few pages at a time.

But there are books that marry good technical content with a pacy narrative flair.

Here’s one.

Books about voice coaching and presentation skills—a rare find

First off, the title—Breath of Life or Kiss of Death?—really grabbed me.

But when I got it home and got to work, everything inside the covers matched that promise.

Books about Voice Coaching and Presentation Skills

I really liked the simplicity of this book, how easy it was to read, understand and—most importantly—to apply to everyday, real-life situations.

Author Janet Howd brings a long background in voice coaching, the performing arts and executive coaching to the table, and she combines the use of voice skills and presentations skills very well—something that can be quite rare to find in a book.

This book gives the reader a clear understanding of how to work on your “vocal character”.

It also gives the reader simple exercises and ideas.

It’s a book you will read really quickly, but will also find yourself referring back to time and time again as a quick reference (and that, I think, is a real test of a book’s usefulness).

Her section on presentations are also useful and hit all the key areas.

I liked how she brought it all together—voice, body, language and performance.

I liked it and think you will too.

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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Did You Know Your Posture Effects Your Voice? You Must Understand More About Your Posture

 

posture effects your voice

 

OK, so my picture is an exaggeration! but I couldn’t resist.  Seriously though – as a voice coach, if I could give you one tip to help protect you voice  against vocal problems, it would be that posture effects your voice – so you need to be very mindful of it:

 

Watch your head-neck relationship

If you are collapsed or stooped  over a desk or a computer and you are speaking regularly throughout the day you are going to strain your voice.   You need to make sure your head/neck relationship is correct.

The easiest way to describe head/neck relationship – think of the back of your neck lengthening up to the ceiling – like a string pulling you up from the top of your head!

 

When your posture is collapsed, especially in the head, neck and shoulder area, you will:

  • Put pressure on the vocal tract and which effects the vocal mechanism (vocal cords etc)
  • Hinder your breathing
  • Create lots of tension which effects your voice
  • Trap the voice – hindering vocal production – eg volume and resonance
  • not be able to project your voice, so you will end up straining your voice!
  • this list goes on…………………………………

so it’s really worth understanding a little about posture.

 

here is a basic check list for great posture – this is key for your voice

    1. Standing – think Tall and open
    2. You start from the feet up – the feet are parallel and hipbone width apart.
    3. Have a sense of you feet firmly planted on the group – with the idea of roots growing from the soles of you feet!
    4. Knees should be unlocked.
    5. The weight of the hips is directly over the feet not pushed forward or pulled back
    6. Spine up and not slumped nor rigid.
    7. Upper chest sits naturally.
    8. Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
    9. Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
    10. Massage facial muscles
    11. Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw, unclench the teeth

 

Nice tip – Your crown (located at the back of your skull, top of your head, the soft part where your hair joins) is the tallest part of your body. Think of it growing up to the ceiling – this will lengthen your spine and neck and really help with developing great posture.

 

So come on, straighten up, stand tall, as I said posture effects your voice – so if you are having problems with your voice and your just want to preserve the great voice you have, then start to be more mindful of your posture – that “Head & Neck relationship”.

 

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Need Wedding Speech Advice In A Hurry

Here’s a quick read from an article I wrote on wedding speech advice in Confetti Magazine recently

 

click here for the Article written for Confetti Magazine 

If you haven’t time to read the article then here is some wedding speech advice:

  1. Think about what you want to say as opposed to what you are expected to say
  2. Get it out of your head and down onto paper
  3. Ask for help (if not a friend or family member, then ME!!! only joking)
  4. Rehearse  aloud
  5. Learn correct breathing techniques to control your nerves

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stillness and executive presence

The Simple, Powerful Tip to Build Your Executive Presence

One question we get asked all the time at our masterclasses and seminars for business executives and C-Suite personnel. What simple techniques can I use to build my executive presence? Well, I wanted to share a simple, yet powerful technique with you.

By Olivia MacDonnell, ConfidentSpeak

I try to go for a jog most days, well it’s more of a “jalk” (half walk half jog!).  I’m very lucky to have an amazing park on my doorstep,the wonderful Phoenix Park.

stillness and executive presence

So recently, I was struggling around my route, I take a corner, and facing me was a group of deer.

There were about 100 of them, lined up in front of me.

The Art of Stillness Builds Executive Presence

What struck me most—no, what amazed me—about them was their stillness.

They possessed such calmness and a phenomenal sense of ease as they looked at me.

But they were also alert, ready to escape at any time. I stood there looking at them, drawn by something – what amazing presence I thought.

Deer are plentiful in the Phoenix Park, so it’s not the first time I’ve come across them and I’m always a little awe-struck.

Why do I bring this up?

An audience is always connected to a speaker who communicates in a relaxed and calm way, but just like a wild deer, a speaker needs to always be alert to the audience.

So if thinking about building your executive presence is something on your mind, I would urge you to try this.

Stop moving around!

It can be distracting for your audience. Instead, find an ease within yourself to simply stand and be present when you are communicating.

You may well find that you connect in a strong and authentic way with your listeners.

Remember this.

As a speaker, you have the ability to instil any emotion in your audience.

If you are agitated or stressed then your audience will also be agitated and stressed.

Imagine, for a moment, a panicking, nervous presenter,

If you are in the audience, guess what? Yes, you also start to panic.

If you are at ease and physically relaxed, then your listener will also be at ease.

As a result they will be more open to listening, and building a connection with you.

So next time you are rehearsing your presentation, try it – it works.

Can we learn other things from nature and the world around us?

Of course we can.

Sometimes we just need to go back to basics when it comes to communication!

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.

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