$100 million habit: Janine Allis keeps it simple and solves problems

I’m a fan of Janine Allis. A recent article in The Age outlines her story and secret to success with Boost Juice (250 stores, $130 million turnover). In a nutshell: ”What I’m good at is solving problems and keeping things simple.” One of the great things about Janine’s story is that her formal qualifications from Knox Tech (which she More…

Julia Gillard ‘Robotic and rehearsed’

An interesting article in The Age newspaper about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s speeches and public speaking which echos what I’ve been saying for some time. While message management and media management are important skills for those in the public eye, you need to throw us some scraps of authentic and natural. The key skill is More…

Steve Jobs: Chunk Structure helps engage Stanford audience

What is the value of speech structure? On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs spoke to 23,000 people at the Stanford University stadium. He received a standing ovation, but what made this event famous is that millions of people watched the speech on YouTube. The speech was later published in full in Fortune magazine. You can More…

Steve Jobs’ iPad: not such a vivid message

As promised at the end of my last post, ‘Steve Jobs– structure helps engage’, here are the reasons I think Steve Jobs missed his message with the launch of the iPad… The iPad launch on January 27 2010 was not greeted with the positive reviews that Steve Jobs might have come to expect from major More…

Public Speaking: how to stop racing through presentations

Q: “How do I stop racing through presentations? I always find myself rushing.  What’s the best way to pace myself?”   This is a common thing when public speaking. The question is WHY are you rushing through your presentations? Is it because you are nervous and want it to be over now? Is it because More…