For the last 10 years, I’ve been posting once a month (or more) on this blog.
150 posts and almost 1,000,000 views under my belt, it feels like time for a change. That’s why, from now on, I’ll post less often than before.
I’m still fascinated by public speaking, data visualisation, and business communication in general. And I believe people’s need for help and inspiration in those fields is just as great as ever. So I’m sure you’ll find new tips and videos shared here from time to time.
could say :
“It’s not goodbye, it’s just
So until the next time, all the best with your presentations. And as this blog’s header-image says
“Here’s to better presenting!”
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Because fear of public speaking’s such a huge issue, any useful advice on it’s a great help – to speakers everywhere.
So I was
delighted to find a really helpful video on that topic from speaking coach Alex Lyon.
In fact, Alex posted a
pair of related videos in recent weeks.
In this post, I’ll focus on the 1
st of those, which looks at ways your mindset can help to reduce your fear of public speaking. The 2 nd video (which you’ll find at the end of this post) looks at ways your behaviour can help to lessen your nerves, too.
In the 1
st video, I love how Alex starts :
“These tips will help you
cut your anxiety in half”
Alex Lyon, at
What a winning way to open! He doesn’t claim you can crush your nerves
completely. And that distinction’s key to managing your fear – yet it’s all too easy to forget.
6-minute mindset video. (This clip skips his 40-second intro.)
For your easy reference, these are his
If you’re like me (and most other people), you’re fascinated by stories.
As a speaker, stories also help you to connect with, to deeply engage, and even to
transfix your audience.
But expert storyteller
Kindra Hall has a stern warning for you :
“There is one story you should never tell
– the story that makes you cry”
Kindra Hall, at
She goes on to say
“Crying in front of an audience
shows a lack of control and
is simply irresponsible
…You can tell I feel
strongly about that!”
Kindra Hall, at
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Have you heard of the “assertion-evidence approach” for making slides? It’s a simple, powerful, evidence-based approach to presenting your talk.
It was devised as a more effective way to
But you can also use its directness and clarity in business – to great effect. share scientific findings.
especially so when you present insights from analysing data. You know, like :
employee survey results.
What’s in this post?
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In a rush?
Watch the video ( 30 mins) or read the tips.
When you present online, the tips below will help set you up for success. They come from my friend
Eric Winters, who’s a coach, author, and international public speaker.
I love the metaphor Eric uses to explain why it’s hard work
watching an online talk :
“There’s a good reason they call it paying attention,
because you have to give up a lot of energy…
So if we want to help our audiences…
we need to lower the price”
of paying attention
Eric Winters – at
in the video 1:42
In his video below, Eric presents what he calls “
8½ tips” to elevate your online presentations. The clip’s about 30 minutes long, and he spends about 2-3 minutes discussing each tip.
Below the video, you’ll also find
a list of the tips
discussion of each one
useful links to help you build your skills.
As I think you’ll see – and as Eric’s live audience commented – this was a very engaging and helpful session
Here are Eric’s
8½ tips – click any of them to jump to the relevant part of my post :
Of the 140+ posts on this blog, here’s by far the most popular …
Awesome opening lines: 20+ more examples for your speeches, from Patricia Fripp (Certified Speaking Professional)
At its peak, that post had more than
22,000 monthly views (in October 2016). That wasn’t just an outlier, either – for 3 months in 2016, the post had more than 20,000 monthly views. And for 11 months that year, it had over 10,000.
When you’re preparing a data-rich talk, where could you learn to get your message across better?
In my opinion, you couldn’t do much better than watching the
55-minute video below, by Isaac Reyes. (The first 45 minutes or so consist of Isaac’s talk, and the rest is him answering questions.)
Isaac’s a data scientist, and the video’s from
(Open Data Science Conference). ODSC Europe 2018
The talk describes
these 4 keys of data storytelling :
If you look carefully, you can often from all learn great public-speaking tips kinds of places. (Not just from obvious ones, like courses.)
Let’s check out an example
can tell you my LinkedIn profile , I work at CommBank – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, also known as CBA.
were updated, so they’re now CommBank’s values in just succinctly expressed 3 words:
When I first heard those words, I was struck by how
well they work together. And as I reflected on exactly why that is, I realised it’s because they have these 3 traits:
Need to present some data? About the best way you can do that is to use a data visualisation.
Most often, a dataviz is simply a chart. But you might choose to use something less mainstream, like a
Whatever type of dataviz you choose, I suggest you use this
3‑step method for making your dataviz more effective :
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When you share data – in a slideshow, a dashboard, or a written report – how can you give your message impact? (You know, so you that it’s a big deal, and so they persuade people ) act on your message.
To help you do that, you’ll find
3 powerful steps in this post and my next:
Step 1’s the
key (and the easiest)
Step 1’s the key (and the easiest), and step 3’s perhaps the most advanced – which is why I’ve put them in that order.
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