Category Archives: Audience

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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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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Building Modular Talks

Last week, I told the story of how I discovered the power of building modular talks when I had two talks to do in one crazy week. This week, I want to go a bit deeper into how to recognise … Continue reading

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What interpreters know about public speaking

They are a bit weird, really. Interpreters sit at the back of the room, in comfy-looking boxes and just talk. Whatever you say, they talk. However funny (or otherwise) your jokes, they come up with something. In fact, the bulk … Continue reading

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Guest Post: What Makes a Good Presenter

This post is by Ellen Spaeth (@ellenspaeth), a PhD student researching music listening in the treatment of anxiety, and a technology trainer. You can hear more from Ellen on her blog. In this post Ellen wonders whether ‘professional’ has to … Continue reading

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Presentations, Chekhov, Audiences and Getting the Timing Right?

In a first for Rock Your Talk, I am really pleased to be able to present a guest post by one of the most inspiring speaking coaches you will find. Iain Davidson has helped me to make big jumps in … Continue reading

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The Four Cs of Public Speaking part IV

Connection

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