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What Makes Communication Effective?

The concept of effective oral communication is a tricky one to nail down. Speaking is a skill, like walking, that most of us learned before we have any memory of learning it, so it’s easy to take it for granted. It’seasy to believe that “I speak, therefore I communicate,” but that’s not always the case and investigating the factors that make communication effective can be a fascinating process. This week in my wanderings about the internet I discovered a model…

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Sources of Inspiration

Welcome back! You might have noticed I have missed a few of my weekly posts, and I completely missed my May newsletter! It’s been an incredibly busy month, culminating in a week-long stay in hospital… More on that in a moment. I’m often asked where I get my inspiration for my stories and presentations. This last month has been a classic one for stories, if you know where to look… Since mid-April I’d been preparing for a conference that was…

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Forget Not!

This week I was reminded of something people really fret about when it comes to speaking – they worry that they’ll forget what they were going to say. In my opinion, Less is More is definitely the rule to follow. Put it this way, if you can’t remember it, your audience certainly won’t, so why bother including it? If you have 15 minutes to speak, three points made with five minutes per point is much easier to remember than five…

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Trying Something New

I missed another blog post last week because the pain in my hands was just too much to type. This week was pretty rubbish too, but I decided to find another way instead of finding more excuses. This week, I’m trying something new. It’s my first vlog. It’s not perfectly polished and there’s a lot to improve on, but I’ve made a start. I’d love to know what you think 🙂

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Dream Big Dreams

If your dreams do not scare you, they’re not big enough These words were spoken at the Harvard University Commencement in May 2011 by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, the first woman president of the African continent. The speech was highly inspirational to me and I thought I would highlight a few techniques which enhance the message and inspire the audience. There’s also a lesson in the speech for me and I share it in case there’s a message there…

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The Leaders Debate

Thursday saw the one and only Leaders Debate between the seven main parties contesting the upcoming General Election in the United Kingdom. It is shaping up to be an interesting election – every poll I’m aware of says that no single party will gain a majority. This means that parties will have to be more collaborative than combative. They will have to compromise more and be far less adversarial. This leaders debate is unusual for two reasons. Firstly, there are…

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My Big Why

Last week a gorgeous visitor to my shiny new website took the time to tell me she felt she didn’t get a sense of me, my motivation, my Big Why, if you like. I really appreciated her insight, because it made me stop and think. I did have a page explaining that on my old site, but I’d baulked at putting it up on this one. I think it all seemed a bit too big when I read it over again,…

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International Women’s Day

A few days ago someone asked me why I do what I do. I’ll be writing more about that next week, but today, I want to focus on International Women’s Day, which was on Sunday the 8th of March but marked the apex of a few weeks of activity, lobbying and attention on women’s issues. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about authority, but one thing I forgot to mention is that sometimes your authority can come by allowing…

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Brain Freeze – It Happens to the Best of Us!

Did you hear Natalie Bennett on LBC Radio? I didn’t hear the full interview, but just listening to the snippet available at The Guardian it’s hard not to feel sympathy for her. Others have commented (Another Angry Voice) that she really should have prepared better for the interview, especially given her recent flaying by Andrew Neil and this is certainly true. What I’d like to do is offer some ideas that you can use if you’re ever in the difficult situation that Natalie…

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Be Yourself

I’ve talked previously about the Audience being the focus of attention and about claiming your Authority when you’re on stage. This week I’d like to share some thoughts about Authenticity. Personally, I have found claiming my authenticity led to a lot of self-doubt – people won’t like me if they know the real me.. there are so many other people doing it better than me… and lots of other crazy self-talk. I’ve learned a lot though, and I’d like to share…

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