Category: Presentations

Off the cuff: How to give an impromptu speech without embarrassing yourself

“And now I’d like to invite him up here to say a few words. David, take it away.” Words that to this day fill me with dread. Impromptu speaking When prepared, I’m a decent public speaker. As a speech pathologist...

/ 24 January 2017

My voice shakes: what can I do about it?

For me, it happened most memorably during my first ever court appearance as a lawyer. It was a simple procedural mention in a mid-level court in central Sydney. I’d had two coffees, four hours sleep, memorised my lines like a...

/ 17 May 2016

17 ways to wow your audience with better public speaking

Fitter and more curious. Two of my goals for 2016. Men aren’t known for multitasking. But I gave it a shot yesterday, listening to a talk by Michael Port on my phone while jog-trudging around Sydney Olympic Park. Michael Port...

/ 11 January 2016

How to do a TED Talk – start with the basics

Recently, I read the TEDx Speaker Guide for a client.  If you don’t know about the TED phenomenon, it’s a set of conferences owned by the non-profit Sapling Foundation, with 1000s of talks available on the Internet for free.  Its slogan...

/ 2 March 2015