Blog: Public Speaking Tips & Advice

In Training Why always comes before What

If you know what you are going to cover in a training session, you probably know your subject.
If you know why you are running the training session, you now have a purpose.

Knowing what you are teaching might give you good session notes.
Knowing why (and therefore who) you are teaching should give you a clearly…

Musically Speaking

Comparisons between music and public speaking usually start and finish with the voice. The voice is a 'musical instrument' and therefore much can be made of comparisons in terms of pace, pitch, power and pause.

However, the comparison can go deeper, as we consider speech structure in relation to musical structure.

If we look back to the simple voice and dance structures in the baroque…

TVET's turn to Make its Mark

In Favour of Professional, Technical and Vocational Training (PTVT) - but not at Education's Expense ardently advocated, just as the encroachment of explicit employment preparation and the world of work's practices and values upon general education or schooling is strenuously opposed.

The world changes. We try to identify the trends, avoid the looting and the riots and the retributive…

Technical and Vocational Education Training

If it is truly time for TVET, then ensuring that every training programme includes 'Communicating Clearly and with Confidence' is vital. Most of life, including the world of work, is spoken. Most of education, including technical education, is written (which includes being entered by keyboards).

In the contemporary world, effective skills are your necessary passport to success. To succeed…

Albert Mehrabian

Have you ever heard the adage that communication is only 7% verbal and 93% non-verbal, i.e. body language and vocal variety? You probably have, and if you have any sense at all, you have ignored it.

There are certain "truths" that are prima face false. And this is one of them. Asserting that what you say is the least important part of a speech insults not only the intelligence of your audience,…