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Let’s speak! with Isabella Karat: communication skills for sensitive conversations – 032

12/11/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to this week's guest Isabella Karat. Isabella is a breast cancer surgeon and looks after women who require day care surgery or more complex treatment. Isabella talks about the kind of communication skills required when meeting women who are concerned that they may have breast cancer. She shares with us the importance of establishing empathy and rapport by using verbal and non-verbal communication skills such as body language, voice tone and open gestures. She talks...

Duration:00:22:26

Two ways to use the stage and ‘Look like a public speaking expert’ – 031

12/4/2018
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In this episode I share with you two ways in which you can use the stage to make you look like a public speaking expert. I call the first technique ‘Anchoring’. This is where you use your body and hands to emphasise different aspects of your speech. It is easy to use and gives your speeches and public speaking more impact. I call the second technique 'The timeline of your talk'. Picture standing in front of your audience and talking: a) When you talk about the PAST (e.g. a previous...

Duration:00:03:05

Find calm & feel relaxed by listening to this breathing exercise – 030

11/27/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to my breathing exercise. If you are familiar with mindfulness practice, this exercise will connect with you. If you are not familiar with mindfulness practice, then simply find a chair or stand in a place where you are not going to be disturbed. I will guide you through an exercise where you are encouraged to relax, to bring attention to your breathing and to count from 1 through to 10 and then repeat. I use this exercise to help people with their preparation for...

Duration:00:05:13

Two brilliant ways to ‘Open your speech’ – 029

11/20/2018
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In this episode I share with you two brilliant ways to open your next speech or presentation. I call the first technique 'The power of the pause'. When you are feeling a bit nervous before speaking, it is natural to want to get started as quickly as possible and get it over and done with. But if you do, you are likely to rush and lose your way and will feel less confident. I recommend before speaking, pause for a count of 4 or 6 breaths. This will give you an opportunity to get used to your...

Duration:00:02:29

Let’s speak! with Mike Kettle: communication skills to deliver successful projects and for demanding clients – 028

11/13/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to this week's guest Mike Kettle. Mike is the Head of Housing Development at the City of London and is responsible for delivering an ambitious programme of affordable housing for the City. He talks about his experience of speaking at committees and his strategy for dealing with challenging questions. He tells us that if we don’t know the answer it is OK to say “I don’t know”. Mike shares his insights into the importance of being able to communicate your ideas in the...

Duration:00:24:38

Two things to remember if you ‘Forget your words’ – 027

11/6/2018
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If you ever worry that you won't be able to remember all of your speech and forget your words, this episode is here to help you with two great techniques. I call the first technique 'What to do if you forget your words'. It is something that can happen to all of us when we are standing in front of an audience. You get to a point in your speech but suddenly, you cannot remember what to say next. If this happens you should avoid looking at the ceiling or floor and instead maintain eye contact...

Duration:00:02:38

Two things you should do when ‘Preparing your talk’ – 026

10/30/2018
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In this episode I share with you two tips that will help you when you are preparing for your next talk or even presentation at work. I call the first tip 'KISS'. When preparing your material always have your audience (the listener) in mind. You want to ensure your message is received loud and clear. You do this by removing any jargon or longer words from your content which may be difficult for the audience to understand. So think 'KISS' (Keep It Super Simple) when preparing your pitches,...

Duration:00:02:49

Two ways to make you ‘Look and Feel confident’ – 025

10/24/2018
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In this episode I share with you two techniques that will help you look and feel confident when delivering speeches and presentations. I call the first technique 'Calming your Nerves' and you can use this in your preparation before the big event. I guide you through an exercise where you focus on breathing and count your breaths. This can help you feel calm, centred and ready to deliver confident speeches and presentations. I call the second technique 'Confident Posture' and you can use this...

Duration:00:03:36

Let’s speak! with Jade Mountain: using language to lead others & motivate yourself – 024

10/5/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to this week's guest Jade Mountain. Jade has almost 20 years of experience in teaching, lecturing, leading & coaching and heads up a digital team in a University. She talks about the importance of using 'positive language' to help motivate & encourage yourself and others to achieve personal and business goals. She shares her experience of running ultra-marathons and how this taught her the importance of self compassion and that 'it is OK not to be perfect'. She...

Duration:00:23:15

How moving LEFT and RIGHT creates the ‘Timeline’ for your talk – 023

9/30/2018
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In Episode 21 I shared how you can capture the imagination of the listener by adding stories to your pitches, presentations and talks. In today's episode I share with you a technique which will enhance your story-telling skills even further. Here it is.... Picture standing in front of your audience and talking: a) When you talk about the PAST (e.g. a previous experience at work) move your body to the RIGHT. b) When you talk about the FUTURE (e.g. a future proposal at work) move your body to...

Duration:00:01:31

Let me help you solve the riddle of running out of ‘Time’ – 022

9/26/2018
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Can you guess the answer to this riddle? "Sometimes you don't have enough of me! Sometimes you run out of me! Sometimes you have too much of me on your hands, but you cannot hold me. What am I?" Have you guessed? That's right...I am talking about 'TIME'. Time can be your biggest obstacle to delivering effective pitches, presentations and talks because there will always be an expectation that you deliver them within a specified time. What do you do? Have a stopwatch ready and listen to this...

Duration:00:01:45

Capture the imagination of the listener by ‘Telling a story’- 021

9/23/2018
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Remember how much you loved hearing stories when you were younger? I certainly did. Recall how you were captivated by the words that painted pictures and took you to new and exciting worlds within your imagination? Did you know that by incorporating stories into your presentations or speeches, you create a deeper connection with the listener. Stories offer a way for us to see things from a different perspective and are a powerful way to get your point across. If you would like to discover...

Duration:00:01:06

Let’s speak! with Stephen R. Marriott: walking into a new life as an author and speaker – 020

9/7/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to this week's guest Stephen R. Marriott. Stephen is a former investment professional and shares his deeply personal story of how he had the courage to leave the corporate world behind, went for a long walk and discovered a new life as an author and speaker. He talks about how he coped with being 'thrown in at the deep-end' when he suddenly had to speak to over 100 people at the launch of his first book. Although nervous to begin with, he shares how this experience...

Duration:00:22:57

Want to speak but think you have nothing to talk about? Hear this! – 019

8/28/2018
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So you want to stand up and speak but you are worried you have nothing to talk about. You have nothing to say. If you are ever struggling to find an idea to talk about, the answer is simple. Talk about what you know best, YOU! People do want to hear stories and the experiences of others. So never struggle for an idea again and simply speak about YOU! In the next episode I will be talking with a public speaker. More info to follow. If you would like to discover more public speaking tips and...

Duration:00:01:15

Give the listener a gift by ‘tying a bow’ over your talk – 018

8/21/2018
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We all like gifts, don't we? Well, here is a clever little technique for you to use when preparing to give your next talk. Give your listener a gift by 'tying a bow' over your talk. You do this by opening and ending with the same statement. This is a great way to show you have clearly thought about the structure of your talk, and boosts your talk in the memory of the listener. Do give it a try. In the next episode, if you ever struggle to find an idea to give a speech about, I have something...

Duration:00:01:03

Open your presentations like this and people will want to listen – 017

8/14/2018
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You want people to listen when you have put hard work into preparing your speech, or that work presentation, or even your big pitch. Am I right? You are going to want to jump straight in and start speaking, but if you do, the listener won't necessarily be ready to listen. Instead, follow my 3 steps to begin your speeches, presentations & pitches, and your listener will want to hear what you have to say: 1. Start with a pause, 2. Ask your listeners a question or ask them to imagine...

Duration:00:02:07

Let’s speak! with Cornelia Fernandes: public speaking for your business – 016

8/7/2018
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Allow me to introduce you to this week's guest Cornelia Fernandes. Cornelia is an entrepreneur who uses public speaking to effectively promote her business. She shares her insight into the importance of public speaking for both business and personal development. Her advice to anyone thinking about developing their speaking skills to promote their business is..."Just do it!" If you would like to find out more about Cornelia and the work she does, you can connect with her at...

Duration:00:13:53

How to use the ‘Power of 3’ to stand out from the crowd – 015

7/29/2018
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You think of an inspirational speaker and they will use the 'Power of 3' in their speeches. The power of 3 is an effective way to A: Structure your speeches (think start/middle/end), B: Share information in a way they helps you and the audience recall your message (e.g. my favourite foods are: 1. Pasta, 2. Fish, 3. Pineapple). C: Makes your speech sound more structured, engaging and attractive from the viewpoint of the listener. So do give it a try. In the next episode I will be talking with...

Duration:00:01:20

Don’t rush in to start speaking, Do use the ‘Power of the Pause’ – 014

6/30/2018
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When you are feeling a bit nervous before delivering a presentation or public speaking, it is natural to want to get started as quickly as possible and get it over and done with. But if you do you are likely to rush and lose your way and will feel less confident. Instead, before speaking pause for a count of 4 or 6 breaths. This will give you an opportunity to get used to your surroundings, gather your thoughts and give you a confidence boost before speaking. Do give it a try. This is the...

Duration:00:01:29

It’s going to be OK, ‘the audience cannot read your mind’ – 013

6/23/2018
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Let me share with you something that you might just find surprising...'the audience cannot read your mind'. In this episode I share with you a strategy so that the audience will never notice if you have skipped ahead, or missed a bit out when you are public speaking or presenting. In the next episode I will be sharing a technique called the 'Power of the Pause' to help you feel confidence during your pitches, speeches and presentations. If you would like to discover more public speaking tips...

Duration:00:01:37