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What motivates you as a speaker? Do you have a message you want to share? I often have clients who want to embark on a professional speaking career but don’t know what they want to speak about.  They are focusing on the possible outcome of their speech in numerical value.  Like so many other creative fields, the motivation is the dollar sign. The truth is that the success of a speaker who reaches the status of professional are few rather than many.  It takes many years of disciplined hard work to reach the pinnacle of success.  The speaker who reaches the realm of professional has worked hard through experience, research, education, courage, natural talent and determination.  It is never an overnight success.  The speaking industry is constantly changing with new expectations, trends and challenges.  This computer and digital era has made the speaking industry easier and harder.  It’s easier if speakers keep up with all the technological advances available to them and difficult if they refuse to change their comfort zone lapsing into complacency and staleness. Knowing your purpose for speaking other than for a lucrative outcome is crucial. To be a successful speaker you must be able to transform […]

USE YOUR PLATFORM LIKE A ROCK STAR

Professional speakers require poise and energy while delivering a presentation. The poise comes from your posture, gestures, self confidence and eye contact. Where does your energy come from? It is not only the fuel of voice dynamics and body language that ignites a speech but how you move on your platform. Years ago professional speakers were glued to their podiums. Speeches were formal with only the vocal aspect and gestures enchanting audiences. They were vocal athletes taking their gifts on a rollercoaster ride of fifty or more tonal varieties to their voices. Gestures became larger and enhanced. Eyes were used in a specific pattern to engage and sustain an audience’s attention. Platform mechanics became more popular using parts of a stage repeatedly for the best reaction for emotional impact and humour. Horizontal and vertical spaces traced the Theatre actors staging with downstage centre being the most deliberate and important part of a stage. Gradually more speakers have added more platform dimensions to their craft. Why limit your stage? Move beyond the boundaries of the past. Enlarge your platform by moving out into your audience. Rock stars use this technique all the time. They open their concerts by placing a platform […]