Speech Outline template download – free PDF

The Vivid Speech Outline template will help you prepare a speech or presentation in half the time. You can download this tool as an editable Speech Outline template PDF.   The Speech Outline process walks you through… The Speech Outline process helps you to craft a compelling message your audience will remember, and structure your ideas into chunks – so More…

Professional sports message: If you’re good enough, you’re old enough

Messaging underpins success in all professional sport. In European football (soccer), Sir Matt Busby, who managed Manchester United to great success between 1945 and 1971, crafted many timeless messages. His quote, “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” is still on the wall in the Manchester United player’s dressing room.   You can borrow great More…

Twitter weakened the messaging skills of 328 million people

Twitter got it wrong. They are weakening your messaging skills. In November 7th 2017, the social media giant doubled the character limit on tweets, moving from 140 to 280 characters. Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen explained in a company Tweet, that it was largely due to the restrictive nature of the English language: it takes More…

The first rule of public speaking: F**k the rules

  Get your hands out of your pockets! Make a hand gesture every time you state a point! And for God’s sake, don’t forget to pause every seven and a half seconds! It’s all a bit much, isn’t it? Public speaking is so often dominated by rules: What to wear When to speak When not More…

Cam Barber’s interview with European CEO Magazine

Public speaking has evolved.   Cam Barber was interviewed by Elizabeth Matsangou for European CEO Magazine about the relevance of modern public speaking in business. Here are some interesting points from the interview:​ The art of public speaking has changed significantly since Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill. “Most people haven’t caught up”, “the More…

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 vs Clinton election through a Messaging Lens, you see a clear winner. Donald Trump.   Trump’s More…

Cam Barber – message man

Cam is a speaker, speaking coach and speechwriter. His background as a radio executive helped him understand how to get inside the mind of an audience and trigger message recall. He developed the Vivid Method for Public Speaking as a response to the mechanical acting skills being taught for business presentations and media settings. The 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…

Nelson Mandela’s Top 5 Leadership Messages

Great leaders, like Nelson Mandela, are associated with great leadership messages. This is no coincidence. A leadership message helps position people as great leaders. Gandhi, Anita Roddick, Steve Jobs, Steve Waugh, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and Janine Allis are leadership examples of this. This article focuses on Nelson Mandela who led South Africa from apartheid 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…