What should you do immediately before you make a speech?

Athletes don’t run without warming up. Actors don’t go on stage without getting ready. Why would you go out to make a speech without properly preparing?   Watch this video and find out what you should be doing just before you make a speech.

Do you have any advice for disabled speakers?

This is the most interesting question I’ve been asked while delivering public speaking training. When I thought about it I realised the answer gets to the heart of what being a great speaker is about.   Find out why by watching this video.

How do you overcome nerves?

  Nerves are bad.   Nerves can cripple you, they can transform even the most confident person in to a sweating, shaking wreck. Nerves destroy speeches.   But they don’t have to. In this video I’ve got a bit of advice about how to master your nerves.

Do you put the audience at the heart of your speech?

Most people will tell you to put the audience at the heart of what you do. I’m not most people.   When I was asked this question while delivering some public speaking training I realised that my answer shocked a lot of people there. To find out what they were surprised about look at this

What’s the point of your speech

I heard a truly awful speech recently   It was from a civic leader who has been around the block but seems not have learnt anything about public speaking.   The person just rambled on and on with no discernible aim on show. At the end the audience gave a limp clap and no one

Are you born a great public speaker?

This is a fantastic question and it comes up quite often. It gets to the heart of the matter, are people good at something because of natural talent or hard work.   What a debate! Find out my take on it in this video.

How do you prepare a speech when you’re short of time?

You have loads of time on your hands, right? You are just sitting round twiddling your thumbs waiting for stuff to happen?   No? In that case you’ll like this. It is my simple guide to preparing a speech when you haven’t got much time.   P.S. to save you time it put it on

What’s your system for developing speeches?

What is your system for developing speeches? Write it on the way to the event and read it from a crumpled piece of A4?   After six years of speaking professionally I’ve developed a system for preparing my speeches. I’d like to share it with you in this video. I hope it helps.   Here

What do you do if you go blank on stage?

  You’re in the middle of your speech and then…   Disaster, you go blank. What do you do? Panic? Run off stage? Spout something you do remember like twinkle, twinkle little star?   Maybe not, find out my strategies by watching this video.

The speaking cake

Is your speech more interesting than the catering?   I was at an event recently and the catering was very distracting. I was trying to concentrate on the civic leader’s speech, but there was cake!   It’s hard trying to pay attention to a very average speaker when there is some very good cake on