The Rock Star was Mi...

The alarm bells started to ring when he claimed to be a world champion of public speaking. Closer examination revealed that he’d merely won a team debate contest in high school and was greatly stretching the truth. Other claims were harder to examine. He bragged from the stage about being on...

How to Become an Ico...

Your stagecraft is excellent; your delivery refined. Now you want to know how to elevate your speaking career to that illusive next plateau. You want the conference conveners to seek you out a year or more in advance of their events because they have to have you. The next steps in your...

Why 10 Years of Givi...

Why don’t people get better at public speaking just by speaking in public? Same reason golfers don’t get better just by playing golf. But both could make giant strides if they just understood how Talent actually works. It is understandable, it is systemized, and it can be replicated....

Need a Visual Aid? Y...

Considering which anatomical part we park on them, chairs are one of the most venerable oratory tools in the universe. I’d go so far as to say, of all props and visual aids available to you, the humble chair, and not Bill Gates’s little programme, is the ultimate. For starters, just about...

Bad Intros Ruin Spee...

Bad intros ruin speeches. They’re like flipping open the leather cover on a Dickensian classic and finding a foreword that reads, “This is a story about two cities. I haven’t read it, but I’m sure it will be good. And the author will introduce himself to you.”  Typically, bad intros...

Bad Intros Ruin Spee...

Bad intros ruin speeches. They’re like flipping open the leather cover on a Dickensian classic and finding a foreword that reads, “This is a story about two cities. I haven’t read it, but I’m sure it will be good. And the author will introduce himself to...

What?! 20 Grand For ...

Let’s talk frankly about cost. In particular, the cost of hiring professional speakers. How on earth is it that one such creature asks $3 000 for a keynote, while another cheerfully sends through an invoice for $30 000? Is there really that much of a difference? Should you choose based...

Speaking In 3D

In 2005, I spent a weekend in Oregon on a personal pilgrimage. I was there to learn from 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking, Randy Harvey, who is a master at the art of ‘Speaking in 3-D.’ Randy’s concept is so simple to implement, but its impact on your speeches and presentations...

Dont Know How To Str...

Ever sat staring at a computer screen, agonizing over how to structure that crucial presentation? The future of humanity depends upon it, and so far, you have a blinking cursor… And a note to pick up some chicken spice. For those difficult days when your mind is on the fritz,...

How The Room Can Rui...

A few years ago, I learnt a lesson in public speaking the ugly way. It’s a lesson you won’t find in any manual, and I’d like to share it with you, so that you’ll never have to face the same embarrassment. I was well into a speech at a conference venue in Cape Town. It...