Message Doctor: How to convince people to support great ideas

Ok. Vagina. There, I’ve said it. It made me feel awkward, but it needed to be said to outline an example of one doctor’s attempt to convince surgeons to change their behaviour. A few years ago, I worked with Dr Marcus Carey, a Melbourne-based uro-gynaecologist to help him ‘sell’ his great ideas. He had developed a groundbreaking medical procedure More…

How to make a ‘save’. Update on Michael Bay meltdown

Wow. I’ve had a lot of questions on Michael Bay’s public speaking meltdown at CES and the article I wrote about it. It’s painful to watch because many of us have either had public-speaking-anxiety-driven experience – or worried about one. So I thought we’d focus on how to make a ‘Save’ when there is a More…

How to avoid a Michael Bay presentation meltdown

Michael Bay, one of hollywood’s hottest directors (eg: Transformers movies) and worth $400 million, had a public speaking meltdown yesterday and abruptly walked off stage mid presentation. It started with Bay joining Joe Stinziano, Executive VP of Samsung, on stage at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). After a minute or so, he lost his place, panicked and 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…

Drugs for public speaking fear: Should I take Beta Blockers?

Beta blockers are a class of drugs for anxiety that block the action of adrenaline in the body. Therefore the physical symptoms of the stress response are reduced. I’m often asked if they should they used for public speaking fear? Firstly, beta blockers are not officially drugs for anxiety, but cardiac medications. However, by reducing some of the More…

From sportsperson to sports media

The sports media industry is growing rapidly and sports jobs are increasing in this area. Are you ready to transition from the field to the microphone? Picture the scene for the sportsperson… Microphone in hand, you stand… waiting. The sound guy and cameraperson is milling around while another guy fiddles with cables and lighting. What do you More…

Public Speaking Anxiety Evaporates with Clarity

Public Speaking anxiety is directly linked to the amount of uncertainty we feel. The key is dealing with the cause speaking anxiety (uncertainty), not the symptoms (anxiety)!    Why do we feel public speaking anxiety? The symptoms of speaking anxiety can take many forms – feeling sick, a shaky voice, sleepless nights, dry mouth – but they all 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…

‘First Impression’ Myth when public speaking

You must have heard this one. Your first impression is everything and people form their lasting opinion of your presentation in the first 30 seconds’ (or 8 seconds depending on who tells it). Not true. This implies that the lasting impression of your presentation won’t be your wisdom, your character, the clarity of your message or More…

‘We can face the confidence with future’: A media lesson from Julia Gillard

Slips of the tongue happen all the time. They’re not a problem. What matters is how we handle them. When speaking in public (or televised from Parliament), the best way to handle them is to pause, smile, and correct yourself. A minor blip. The worst way to handle them is to ‘power on’ and pretend it More…