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…

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…

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…

Cam Barber on Message Delivery in Victorian Election – Crikey.com.au

The Power of Messaging and Message Delivery   I was interviewed by Dan Moss of crikey.com.au on Friday for an article about the image and messaging of the two key candidates in the Victorian election, Denis Napthine and Dan Andrews. Here are the good bits 🙂 in the second half of the article:   “Napthine scored highly on More…

On leadership: Is excellence a dirty word? (with Steve Waugh)

Leaders love the word ‘excellence’. It’s used to set high standards and encourage a team to greatness. But is it overused? (Hint: Yes!). Could it even point people in the wrong direction? When should you and your team stop pursuing excellence? Steve Waugh, one of Australia’s greatest sporting leaders with strong opinions on leadership style, explained the problems he observed with 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…