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Why We Get Results Others Only Dream Of

Recently speaking to a very technical minded FTSE 100 CEO – I was asked point blank. “How can you prove your Academy works – please explain..” How the coaching methodology works… And ‘Why’ it works I am accustomed to explaining in stories, in case studies, in testimonials, through examples but telling an analyst ‘Why’ made me…

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Help! I Want To Give Up?

We are told in the personal development industry to aim big,  dream, to set a vision… and more. But is it realistic? Does it deliver? I recall rolling eyes, sighs, looks of  ‘Yeh..ok mate..dream on’ variety when I’d replay lofty ideas amongst my peers, friends and family. In our own seminars I cite a story…

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3 Methods of Mastery by the Professional Speaker of all time

0500 hrs the alarm shrieks out. I leap up. I didn’t even struggle. I wasn’t even tired. I couldn’t get ready fast enough. Full of energy, excitement and determination – I catch the first early morning train from Sheffield to London. Writing my thoughts and questions for the day as the train, ”the Master Cutler”…

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So You Want to Get Paid to Speak

I have to date worked with hundreds of new speakers through The Public Speaking Academy.  We have had the privilege of watching people progress through fear and on to better careers, businesses and even improve personal lives as a consequence of new found competence and confidence. However as an executive coach – some of my…

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When I first started working as a professional speaker – I worried a lot about many things but mostly about my knowledge, subject expertise and content. Like most people I feared not knowing ‘my stuff’ – appearing stupid or ill informed. In fact there was a genuine insecurity that someone in my audience would know…

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The Way Out Was Easy – Get The Right Presentation Mindset

I took the call; it was a call no husband wants to take. The voice on the other end told me my wife had been in a car accident on a duel carriageway near Wakefield. The car was a total right off… my wife was ok, shaken and bruised but she was ok. In 15…

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7 Steps To Confident Communication, from Customer Service Skills to Job Interviews

You can communicate with confidence. We all have the tools at our disposal. It just takes a little bit more effort for some of us to use those tools. With the right know-how and training behind you though, you could be communicating like a pro in no time at all. The DNA of good customer…

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5 Reasons Why We Get Speech Anxiety

We have been analyzing the most popular reasons why people suffer from speech anxiety – here are our top 5. Self-consciousness in front of groups. If we are speaking one to one most people are at ease however when we add a group of people could even be to the same talk/subject- anxiety kicks in…

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E=MC is now the art of speaking Influence

You would be forgiven if you thought the above is a formula from a science text book! In fact what it means in the world of public speaking is that anyone who takes to the stage as a professional speaker or MC (master of ceremonies) must have E (Energy)! An obvious point you may think…

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What makes a great speech?

What makes a great speech, what makes an effective speech and how can you connect with the audience. “Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means…

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