Eve Ensler on Happiness in Body and Soul

Eve EnslerThis 2004 TED Talk could equally be called “Eve Ensler’s Journey To Help Stop Violence Against Women And Girls.”

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.

Her talk is at once tragic, funny and touching. Her books are also great reads, if at times convoluted and controversial (qualities I personally adore in a woman). Read More…

Isabel Allende Tells Tales of Passion

Isabelle AllendeThis spellbinding 2007 TED Talk by world-renowned writer and feminist Isabel Allende alternately made me laugh, cry, and reflect.

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.

If you love her books (which I do!), you will also love this talk… Read More…

Chimamanda Adichie Finds Her Voice

Chimamanda AdichieNigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice.

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…

Sarah Jones and the Speed of Sound

Sarah JonesMany, many, many speakers SPEAK TOO FAST.

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….

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5 Quick Tips for Great Speeches

PINK lipsMaking great presentations isn’t rocket science.

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…

5 Habits of Successful Speakers

stars_iconStephen Covey has the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. And I have the five “five-star” habits of highly effective speakers!

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…

#1 Tip to Get Over Fear of Public Speaking

wolf within#1 Tip: Feel the fear… and do it anyway!

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…

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