Playwright and actress Ensler, who was abused as a child, is a master storyteller with a passion for changing the plight of violated women around the world.
So much of what she says revolves around themes that I continue to explore in my own life.
It’s 20 minutes of non-stop tenderness in which Allende shares powerful stories of her personal experiences of passion, poverty and hope.
She warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
She begins with her own childhood in which she wrote stories about blue-eyed children who drank ginger beer, from a world she had never seen or experienced.
She goes on to tell, well, see for yourself…. Read More…
It takes time for audience members to listen and process information. You must keep that in mind when you speak, even when it’s one on one.
If you speak too quickly, people will miss a lot of what you say while they’re trying to make sense of what you just said the minute before!
In this TED talk, actress Sarah Jones shows what it sounds like when a speaker’s words come out like a tsunami.
Have a look and listen and see what it feels like to you as an audience….
Not much has changed since the great Greek philosophers and Roman orators made speechifying an art form. The secrets to success aren’t really secrets at all.
Use the Bull’s Eye model as your guide and you will succeed: Read More…
To make it easier for people to recall the five-star habits, I’ve framed them in a way that makes them more memorable and created an icon for each one because visual cues help people remember information more readily.
I sometimes run into former clients and participants (some who attended a workshops years ago), and they rhyme off the habits to show me they still remember what I taught them! Read More…
I know first hand what it’s like to be afraid of speaking in public. As a child I was painfully shy – to the extent that I hid in the library at school to each my lunch because it was simply too intimidating for me to walk into a cafeteria crowded with hundreds of my fellow students.
That shyness remained until I was well into early twenties. I only began making presentations and speeches in my mid-thirties, when I took the decision to face my fears head on rather than back away from them – just like the young woman in this video! The rest, as they say, is history… Read More…