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…

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…

Public Speaking Anxiety: Choose fear or fun

Public speaking anxiety can be dissolved. You can CHOOSE the way adrenaline affects you when public speaking.   Could public speaking anxiety be fun? Psychologist Stanley Schacter has conducted experiments on the way people label the physical symptoms of anxiety. Using many inputs, including a drug similar to adrenaline, he set up two different scenarios. More…

Vivid Presentation Skills 1-day Course, in-house

  Presentation Skills Course Overview Our 1-day course has been refined and perfected over 10 years. It’s designed for 5-7 people. It gives participants an opportunity to develop a real presentation from start to finish so they are ready to persuade immediately. We create a fun, stimulating and non-threatening in-house training environment. You’ll learn the trusted Vivid More…

Instructions for VividOutline iPhone App.

First, create your speech Outlines at SpeechOutline.com (See bottom of page for a refresher on how to do this).  Step 1, open the iPhone app! Type in your Username and Password. Or simply use the ‘Demo Account’ which has 4 Outlines to play with. Scroll through your List of Outlines (they are automatically downloaded from More…

Groundbreaking new app – VividOutline for iPad

Is this app really groundbreaking? Well, if you want a quick, easy way to prepare a speech or presentation – and then rehearse the structure and key messages in just a few minutes, then it is groundbreaking. There’s been nothing like this before. Most software innovation in the area of public speaking and presentations is around More…

The trend to better quality explanations

February 24th, 2011 was a significant day. Until then, much of the content found via a Google search was low quality fluff produced by ‘Content Farms’, purely to get higher rankings and expose users to ads. A high percentage of info junk means users waste time on rubbish sites, while good information is obscured. This pollution makes More…

3 quick tips: Presentation visuals

1. Lights Up Avoid turning the lights down during a presentation.  If your visual support requires a darkened room, ensure it’s not long enough for them to take a nap! 2. ‘Be’ the visual… Use your arms and eyes and expression to show us the size of the fish you caught or how quickly your More…

Can you translate information to a vivid message? (if not, the sharks will die)

Great communicators can translate information into vivid messages. They have the skills to assess a situation and translate the information in ways that a particular audience can relate to.   Technical presentation example While on holidays a few years ago I met a man who made his fortune with a company that builds aquariums. $20 More…

$100 million habit: Janine Allis keeps it simple and solves problems

I’m a fan of Janine Allis. A recent article in The Age outlines her story and secret to success with Boost Juice (250 stores, $130 million turnover). In a nutshell: ”What I’m good at is solving problems and keeping things simple.” One of the great things about Janine’s story is that her formal qualifications from Knox Tech (which she More…