Dec 28

Public Speaking tip: “Just the facts, ma’am”

I was inspired to write this post after seeing a similar post on Lisa Braithwaite’s Speak Schmeak and remembering some of my own frustrations with this area. A lot of speakers I’ve seen this past year seem to have developed the “habit” of quoting information without citing any sources. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 08

Speech Masterclass D.I.Y – would you do it?

I have decided to split this post in half because there is something that needs to be addressed before we even get into looking at Simon Bucknall’s Masterclass. If you wanted to take your speaking skills to the next level and maybe even compete, but you couldn’t afford a speech coach what would you do? Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Advanced Communicator Bronze

I finally managed to complete the Humorously Speaking manual at my Toastmasters club, Grosvenor Square Speakers, which means I now have my Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award. I had actually completed the other 9 speech projects by this past June (2008), so why has it taken me until November 24th to complete one speech? Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 19

Powerpoint Tip: Producing Handouts

Here’s a quick tip for printing out PowerPoint slides as handouts for your delegates. When you open up your PowerPoint document make sure that you’re in normal view, you can double check this by going to “view” and then “normal”. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 18

Estelle Reiner Dies – 1914-2008

Estelle Reiner died last month. She was the actress who uttered one of the most famous lines in modern cinema. She was the woman in When Harry, Met Sally who, in response to Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene said, “I’ll have what she’s having.” She was the mother of the director Rob Reiner and wife to Carl Reiner, who directed some early Steve Martin comedies and alongside Mel Brooks was famous for the 2000-year old man.

The line wasn’t in the original script. It was created on set by Billy Crystal and, for me, it really made the scene and was the only way to top Ryan’s performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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