Hillary Clinton’s election loss was a messaging failure

Public speaking gets better results when it’s built on great messaging. Vivid messages can be the deciding factor in the success of a person, a business or an idea. The 2016 Presidential election is an example. If you look at the Trump v Clinton election through a Messaging Lens, you see a clear winner. Donald Trump.   Trump’s More…

Public Speaking Masterclass, March 21st, Melbourne

It’s on again… Get the great ideas out of your head and into the world! Learn the Vivid Method for Public Speaking, as outlined in Cam’s book, ‘What’s Your Message? Public Speaking with Twice the Impact, Using Half the Effort’. *With special comments about the Message Strategy Donald Trump used to beat Hillary Clinton!   Half-Day Masterclass More…

CEO Magazine interviews Cam Barber on Messaging and Public Speaking

“The Power of Messaging” Communicate your business message in the most memorable way by learning the tools of effective public speaking. By Skye Hoklas, CEO Magazine, September 2015. Public speaking is the process or act of performing a presentation or speech to a live audience in order to inform, influence, or entertain. For some, it More…

10 Reasons You’ll Improve Your Next Presentation By Using The ‘B’ Key

Business Insider interviewed me last week on the best way to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’ and improve public speaking and presentation skills. I talked about the simplest and most powerful technique – the ‘B’ key. Otherwise known as blanking the screen during a slide show. They published the piece on Friday as ’10 Reasons You’ll More…

Ashton Kutcher speech uses Steve Jobs’ Structure

I love writing about Steve Jobs and his incredible communication skills. And this Ashton Kutcher speech let’s me do it again. For example, How Steve Jobs’ messaging changed the world, Steve Jobs top 5 leadership messages and particularly the speech outline of his famous Stanford graduation speech. Jobs’ ability to leverage message and structure helped Apple More…

Book titles with a vivid message. Top 50 examples 1-10

A vivid message opens a window in the mind for more information. Great book titles capture interest in just a few words and draw you in to open the book and read more.   Find a vivid title for your communication project The title for your speech or presentation – or the tagline for your brand More…

Cam Barber Public Speaking interview on ‘Big Marketing’

Here’s how Tim Reid opens the interview: Cam Barber developed The Vivid Method to help  you overcome the fear of public speaking.  And thank God! I mean who doesn’t (you know what) themselves when they have the opportunity to get up on a stage or present to an audience of more than one?!  But here’s More…

Create a Persuasive Message in 2 steps

We all need to be persuasive. We need a vivid message to convey the true value of our idea or it will be lost to the world. I coached a scientist who’s pitch for funding wasn’t getting anywhere. His newly developed technology was groundbreaking. He was a likeable and energetic presenter, but explained his technology More…

Kevin Rudd ‘caught’ shuffling speaker notes in debate – how important are notes?

Sunday night was the first Election debate with Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. There’s plenty of commentary on who won and why. My view is below. However, I thought I’d use this opportunity to address a side story: Kevin Rudd’s use of speaker notes. The first headline I saw on Monday morning was: CAUGHT RUDD More…

Great speeches in Kevin Rudd’s leadership challenge

Public speaking is your core opportunity to demonstrate leadership qualities. There were some great speeches in the recent leadership challenge, and some not so great speeches. Overall, they tell a fascinating story. They explain a lot about leadership communication and public speaking. I’m not going to address who’s right or wrong, who lied or betrayed, etc. More…