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

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…

Great speeches – David Morrison ‘The standard you walk past…’

The leadership message is clear in this David Morrison speech. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” “If that does not suit you then get out.” It’s recognised as one of the great speeches of recent years. In the midst of another sex scandal, around a “Jedi Council” internet sex ring, the leadership speech More…

Kevin Rudd ‘caught’ shuffling speaker notes in debate – how important are notes?

Sunday night was the first Election debate with Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott. There’s plenty of commentary on who won and why. My view is below. However, I thought I’d use this opportunity to address a side story: Kevin Rudd’s use of speaker notes. The first headline I saw on Monday morning was: CAUGHT RUDD 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 use PowerPoint to Force Attention

Have you ever seen a bad PowerPoint presentation? (Have you ever made one?!) Think about how you use PowerPoint. It can be used to engage, to annoy, to inform or put people to sleep. Many argue that to use PowerPoint itself is bad and should be avoided. But if there is a problem with a PowerPoint More…

The Power of the Pause in public speaking

I paused to speak with a friend this week, a legend in radio, who shared with me what Graham Kennedy believed was his secret to success in connecting with an audience. The pause. Now, some of you will be asking; ‘Who the hell is Graham Kennedy? He was a pioneer – an award-winning entertainer, movie More…

My chat with Bill Clinton about Public Speaking

Bill Clinton talked about public speaking mistakes Al Gore made during the 2000 election when I spoke to him at the Global Business Forum in Feb 2006. Victorian Premier Steve Bracks introduced him as the World’s Greatest Communicator, and his speech on the day was compelling, but I was more interested in asking him questions about speaking style. In particular, 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…