Brilliant speech by Tim Minchin to the students at the Uni of Western Australia

Tim Minchin, the former UWA arts student described as “sublimely talented, witty, smart and unabashedly offensive” in a musical career that has taken the world by storm, is awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia.

Quick public speaking tip – What are your clothes saying?

The clothes you wear when you present … what do they say about you? Yes I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we do. Everyone does. Audiences do. So what do your clothes say about you? Is that the message you wanted them to convey? The message the audience gets from your clothes needs to support the impact you want to make.

On the other hand, are your clothes making their own statement? Do they stand out so much that they are more interesting than your words or message? 

Consider the thought that you are respecting your audience if you dress at least at their level and perhaps a level above.

A man’s best friends …

“A man’s best friends are his ten fingers.”

-Robert Collye

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Communicate your mind?

~ Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it. ~

Robert South

The Makings of an Exceptional Speech

You vividly remember that special speaker’s message and stories years—or decades—after hearing the talk. It had a huge impact on your life. You want your presentations to be that magical and memorable. You’re a good speaker—perhaps very good—but know you could be even more unforgettable.

Why do some speeches stay in our minds long after the speaker has left the stage? How can you integrate some new elements of outstanding orators?
This session will look at the key elements that create a memorable and repeatable experience for listeners.

You will hear:
• How to “yank ’em in and throw ’em out”—creating that exceptional opening that pulls the audience right up on the stage with you. . .and closing in a way that makes them beg for more.
• Structure—it doesn’t “freeze” you, it “frees” you—why an audience loves transparent structure even when they don’t consciously recognize it.
• Being the story, not telling the story—right, you’ve heard this before, but we’ll tell you exactly how it’s done. . .on Broadway, in novels, and in your presentations.
• Truly speaking to “an audience of one”—what are those magical little phrases and transitions that make each audience member feel you are speaking only to them. . .and in an almost intimate way at that?.
• Voice as a finely tuned instrument—ironically, one of the most ignored assets by many speakers. We’ll show you the way to use your voice like Yo Yo Ma uses the cello.

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Uncommon Model for Speaking as Much as You Want— And Being Paid Handsomely for It

Tired of chasing the latest technology-dependent business model? Exhausted at the idea of having to post another tweet, blog, Facebook or LinkedIn update? Want a dependable income model that allows you to speak in your home town (if you want)—and get paid really well to do it?

During four decades, Ed has perfected this model. He’ll share how he fills his 3-day programs by selling dozens of seats to the same handful of companies over and over and over again. His 80-person courses are full far in advance without any ongoing marketing, giving him time to speak more—if he wants—or go on a motorcycle trip. And he never has the stress of updating his PowerPoints or having his technology fail—he doesn’t use any!

This 77-year-young speaker has lots to share with other, less experienced speakers. Learn to adapt his ideas to your market and life preferences and you’ll be as energetic as he is!
You will learn how to:
• identify and approach companies you want to work with
• sell the program once and have a steady stream of participants that lasts for years, if not decades
• use this model when a traditional approach for public workshops doesn’t
• capitalize on why companies value this approach better than having a speaker/trainer conduct in-house workshops
• double your participants and increase their take-away value with one easy suggestion
• maintain this model, even with diminishing education budgets


Today’s book: The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever

~ Cliff Atkinson

Armed with laptops and smartphones, audiences today are no longer sitting quietly taking notes during live presentations. Instead, they’re carving out a new space in the room called the backchannel, where people are online searching for resources, checking your facts, and connecting with others inside the room and out.

7 Tips For The Master Of Ceremonies

MC’ing events and conferences at the top professional level is a real blast. The fundamental key is to make everyone else look like stars…then you’ll shine along with them.