Category Archives: Public Speaking

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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The Stories We Could Tell

One of the top qualities of all public speakers is their capacity to surprise and entertain while they teach you. In this post, my speaking coach, Iain Davidson does just that. On the stories we tell our colleagues, our students … 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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Surviving Crazy Weeks

For the past couple of months, it has been very tricky to get Rock Your Talk posts written. This is mostly because I have been experiencing some of the busiest periods of my professional and academic life. Oddly enough, in … Continue reading

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