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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 […]

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 […]

What do you think is the secret behind the world’s best professional speakers? Words offer experiences waiting to happen. These must stimulate your mind and pull at your heart strings.  Words can be magic.  Not only do they convey information.  They are there to generate a feeling.  This is the key to magical presentations. The speaker’s words must change what the audience thinks and change what they do. That is the secret of all communication. It is through emotion that a speaker can generate changes in an audience’s thought, feeling, or action. There are many ways a speaker can implement emotion in their presentations. There first must be energy, a rhythm, through the repetition of words, phrases, ideas and a parallel structure.  The use of storytelling is also a strong technique.   The third invaluable application is being authentic, honest and genuine.  When you speak from your heart you will transform your audience with passion, energy and emotion. Enjoy becoming a master orator.

It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with a positive attitude if you are focused on your goal, determined and willing to work hard.  Becoming a successful speaker doesn’t happen over night but it can happen over time.  Choose the right path for yourself whether it’s motivational speaking, keynote speaking, workshop leaders, facilitation, master of ceremony, trainer or breakout group leader. Understand your strengths and what gives you fulfillment and self satisfaction.  Don’t allow yourself to have negative self talk.  Turn the ‘what ifs’ into ‘I can’. If you have a fear of Public Speaking, you are not alone.  It still is the number one fear in our society.  People are afraid of being judged.  Professional speakers know the strategies and mind set to overcome the fear.  Few people are born fearless speakers. Take a public speaking course.  It is an investment in your future.  It also gives life-long skills that will help you in communication. Make 2018 the year of rediscovering the power of your voice, your hidden Public Speaking talents and the joy of communication.   Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. Betty

8 Steps To Becoming a Professional Speaker – it is easier than you think. You have a dream to be a Professional Speaker. You can visualize yourself speaking in front of audiences receiving excellent remuneration. Now create an action plan.

Holistic Speaking, when executed properly, can connect a speaker to their audience in a physical and emotional merging of words, non verbal communication skills and voice dynamics.

But did you know that music can offer a Public Speaker many different gifts from rehearsing techniques to performance excellence? Use music to unleash your talent as a speaker.

Accents are the world’s symphonies of voice. They sound very different just like musical instruments. However, they express a beautiful quality that no man made instrument can duplicate.

Coming soon! Learn the STRATEGIES, TECHNIQUES, and MIND SET for overcoming the fear of public speaking. Researched for over 30 years, this book will offer practical, easy to understand and apply immediately strategies and techniques for eradicating and reducing the fear of public speaking.

Public Speaking is the number one fear amongst the majority of people. We’ve heard the statistics for years that speaking in public is frightening and often debilitating. It crosses ethnicity, gender, and race. In my years of researching this topic, I have found there often is a trigger that seems to occur around puberty. It can happen earlier or later but consistently hundreds of my clients, recall the first experience with a public speaking fear happening during puberty. It makes sense that during those years of hormonal imbalances, emotional and physical changes our minds and bodies react to perceived stress in a negative fashion. There are people who seem to be stress resilient and public speaking provides an opportunity for them to shine and feel important. If the fear of public speaking is not recognized, addressed and dealt with, it lies dormant and resurfaces throughout ones’ life whenever they are called on to make a presentation. Many people despise being judged by others. Our self esteem is very fragile and even successful professional speakers dread reading the comment sheets about their performance after a speech. Human nature focuses on the one or two negative comments rather than on the majority […]

All Public Speakers are unique. Just like no one in the entire world is exactly like you, the same holds true for professional speakers. Watching the recent Canadian and American elections gives us a glimpse into a politician’s weaknesses and strengths in their presentation style. They offer the newest tends in public speaking. They all have negatives and positives. We can learn a lot by watching their presentations. What do we dislike? What do we like? This evaluation helps us to zero in on our own preferences. There are always good and bad characteristics of every speaker. They speak too slow or too fast. They pause too often or stumble on their words with fillers. I prefer to focus on the positives in the following Public Speakers. If we look at Donald Trump. the President elect, his strength in his delivery lies in his conversational tone in his speeches to his audiences. He makes the audience feel he is talking directly to them. He at times appears parental in his wisdom and guidance. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, is poised, formal yet sincere and theatrical. We as listeners feel his integrity and humanity. Anthony Robbins, this generation’s life coach […]

One of the secrets to maintaining any skill including Public Speaking is positive reinforcement, continual practice and striving to improve. Excellence in Public Speaking is a skill that can be learned. Many novice speakers learn the skill set through coaching and training with a professional presentation’s expert. The client may give several presentations that are good, well received and successful. They are satisfied with their achievements and quickly move to other endeavours. It doesn’t take long for old habits to return like rust penetrating a polished surface. Refresher programs in Public Speaking are one way to maintain your skills and even advance to a higher level. Another way is through Professional Development. This is a viable and important part of every Public Speaker’s tool box. It continues on as a life-long resource to help speakers enhance, perfect and excel. Nourish your garden of Public Speaking with new skills and techniques, observations and experimentation. Experiential learning is a valuable and important tool. Reap the rewards as you enjoy the journey as a fabulous and spectacular presenter reaching higher and higher on the ladder of professional speaking.