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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers

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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
February 12, 2020

Habit 7: Deliver a compelling start and finish

It’s my birthday and I was married 3 weeks ago. There we are – that’s a start! Most coachees or participants on my training programmes say a version of this to me often: "...as long as I can get through the first 2 minutes of a presentation, then I tend…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
January 22, 2020

Habit 6: Articulate a burning platform

Articulate a burning platform - NOW! Over 30 years ago now, a terrible tragedy hit the UK North Sea oil industry - The Piper Alpha disaster. You may have heard of it or remember what happened. At nine-thirty on a July evening in 1988, a disastrous explosion and fire occurred…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
November 21, 2019

Habit 5: Present with authenticity

What does ‘Present with authenticity’ really mean? In an increasingly sceptical world, authenticity is critical. Authenticity allows your audience to trust you as the presenter and trust that your content is real and valuable. Statistics show that only one third of us believe ‘most people’ can be trusted, so how…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
September 27, 2019

Habit 4: Structure every presentation

You persuade through reason; you motivate through emotion. That’s the nub of it. You will be persuasive if you: have an easy to follow structure for every presentation signpost (tell audience what is going on) regularly articulate and repeat a small number of clear messages Regular dollops of evidence help…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
May 24, 2019

Habit 3:  Be aware of mindset and manage your state

Exuding confidence during your presentation is one of the most critical things you can do, as any audience is more likely to be influenced by a speaker if they perceive them as confident. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself, if you’ve ever been in the room with a speaker who…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
April 4, 2019

Habit 2: Consistently follow a preparation model

This month, I’m outlining my recommendations for Habit 2 – consistently follow a preparation model. Last month I stated that Habit 1 (you can catch up here, if you missed this one) is the most important habit, and that’s true. But, number 2 is the most helpful habit. Having a…
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12 Habits of Exceptional Speakers
February 28, 2019

Habit 1: Keep your audience at the heart of every presentation

Habit 1: Keep your audience at the heart of every presentation. Of the 12 habits that make up our framework for exceptional presenting, this is the most important. It is the first habit for a reason - get this one wrong and you will fail. Lodge Habit 1 at the…
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