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…

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…

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…

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…

David Morrison Speech Transcript: The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.

Here is the transcript of the David Morrison Speech – the highlight is his message: “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept”. This leadership speech is delivered by Chief of the Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison. In the midst of a “Jedi Council” sex scandal, this was posted as a 3 minute video regarding unacceptable behaviour. [For the 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…

How to write a speech in only 15 minutes

Parkinsons’s Law controls how you write a speech. I know it controls how I write a speech. When I ignore it’s power, productivity bleeds out of me, soaking the floor under my desk. “Work expands to fill the time allotted to it.” That’s Parkinson’s Law. So, if you have an hour to do something, it will More…

A short speech – create a 3 minute speech that rocks

I’m in the Charles Pearson Theatre at the University of Melbourne, watching 12 short speeches. It’s a 3 minute speech competition called the 3 minute Thesis. These annual, 3 minute speech competitions challenge Ph.D and Masters students to effectively communicate 3-1/2 years’ of technical research into a short speech. Their task is to convey only the most important More…

How to END a speech with power and impact

The universe has no end but you need to end a speech well if you want people to remember your message. 6 steps to capture your audience and end a speech or presentation.