Blog: Public Speaking Tips & Advice

Questions at the end please.

Questions are a key tool for any trainer.
They can be used in many ways and for many reasons: finding out information; developing rapport; establishing direction or even asserting authority.
Sometimes you may wish to stimulate interaction: other times not.
Sometimes you may wish to encourage free expression: other times not.
Understanding our approach to questions will go…

You can't see 'not'

We see in pictures. 
I say 'Cat' - you see a cat. 
I say 'House' - you see a house.
However we cannot 'see' a negative. 
So if I say 'Do not think of a dog' - you still see a dog!

As trainers, speakers, communicators we need to be very careful about what pictures we are putting into our students' heads.  Sometimes we do it accidentally: particularly…

The Party Bag Principle

For a child coming home from a party, one of the key thrills is to receive a little party bag with a toy and some cake to take away with you.

As a trainer we should try to follow the same principle. 
Not necessarily literally, although many companies do like to offer freebie pens or memory sticks with company logos all over them as a marketing tool and to create a warm fuzzy feel-good factor.

Why you? Why me?

A common refrain from potential speakers is:
'What should I talk about?'

At first glance, giving the answer, 'Anything!' does not seem very helpful.
However the point is this: there is no ideal subject matter.
Any subject can be made engaging. Unfortunately any subject can also be made dull.
So, speakers and trainers need to understand, it is not the subject,…

The Training Triangle

Lovers of Aristotle will be well aware of his 3 kinds of creative persuasion: ethos, logos and pathos; where ethos reflects the speaker's credibility;
logos - the 'logic' of the argument and
pathos - the feelings and responses stimulated in the audience.
Whenever a speaker plans a presentation he should build his argument around each of those 3 areas: the speaker, the speech and the…