Author Archives: Jonathan Downie

About Jonathan Downie

I am a conference interpreter, public speaking coach, preacher and researcher.

Final Update

A big welcome to all visitors from Thesis Whisperer. If you want to know more about me and my work, I recommend you visit my new website Integrity Languages, as this site will shortly be removed. You can find out … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Who Can Become A Motivational Speaker?

Regular Rock Your Talk readers will have seen guest posts by my speaking coach Iain Davidson. This week, we have a guest post by Jonathan Curran, who leads Europe’s premier motivational speaking agency: Promotivate. Here, he gives us the lowdown … Continue reading

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Starting Talks with Questions and Stories

It’s 4pm. I have the last slot in a parallel session at a major international conference. The mulling crowds that packed the room for the first speaker in the session have long since wandered off to find something else to … Continue reading

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The Power of a Prologue

First of all, I’d like to thank you for reading this post. It is a great pleasure to be read and recommended by people in many different countries. When preparing this post, I was reminded of a saying by someone … Continue reading

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Hit ‘em Between the Eyes: Introductions that Mean Business

For the next few weeks, I will be giving you ways to grab people’s attention and keep it. If first impressions count then your introduction is your most valuable asset. I want to show you some ways to use those … Continue reading

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Addicted to Flashy Visuals

Nowadays, PowerPoint slides and talks have become almost inseparable. From scientific discoveries to church sermons, almost every talk you can imagine will be accompanied by a series of slides with a dash of blue backgrounds and, if course, generous amounts … Continue reading

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