A to Z Challenge: Z is for the Zen of Public Speaking

This may be stretching the meaning of the word a little…

Much has been covered in this series. From dealing with nerves, to industry talks and general speeches, how to use words and language to good effect and tips on using your voice.

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A to Z Challenge: Y is for You and the Yin and Yang of Public Speaking

Much of what has been covered in this series (click here for all the posts) sounds logical and straightforward. With preparation and practice it is! One thing is reading and cognitively understanding. The other thing is to actually experience it.

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A to Z Challenge: X is for X-Men of Public Speaking

Try and find a word starting with an “x” to do with public speaking and…well…not easy! At the time of compiling the editorial calendar for this challenge I had just watched X-Men: Days of Future Past and an idea struck.

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WordPress Weekly Photo: Motion – Afternoon at the Flying Field

Last Saturday was a warm Highveld afternoon, the wind was minimal, and my brother and family set off to the flying field. He’s a F3A radio control aerobatics champion and loses no opportunity to practice his craft. This time though, it was for fun. With this week’s theme in mind I went along to capture some pics. Continue reading WordPress Weekly Photo: Motion – Afternoon at the Flying Field

Weekend coffee share: Team Mauritius moved me beyond words

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that it’s a long weekend in South Africa – today is Freedom Day, commemorating this country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Despite recent violent events widely publicised in the international media, it is important to remember this day lest this beautiful country descend, once again, into darkness.

If we were having coffee all I would tell you is that I was moved beyond words with the gifts my team gave me on Friday. As I move onto the next step of my journey, I carry this team, in all its variations in my heart. They have contributed a great deal to making me the professional I am now.

I have been part of many teams and no other has impacted me as deeply as Team Mauritius.

I was spoiled with many gifts which included a photo-book of all the team activies we had and all the fun we got up to. The cliche of working hard and playing hard is very appropriate here.

The beautiful engraved pen will be used extensively from now on. On occasion, when I got too big for my boots, this team was very good about reminding me of where I came from, pulling me back to earth in the process. This pen will serve as a reminder of this :-)

I also got some spoiley vouchers. And a gorgeous pashmina from someone who has been in the team as long as I have and who is an amazing person who will stay in my life beyond this.

Because I am still feeling emotional, this is a short coffee and we would page through the photo-book where I would reminisce in between laughing and crying.

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This post is part of a weekend link up hosted by Part Time Monster.

 

A to Z Challenge: W is for Words

Communication is all in the language. Your message will be understood or not understood based on the words you use. This is pretty obvious. There are other considerations when choosing the right words to convey your message. This is what the rest of this post is about.

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A to Z Challenge: V is for Voice and Vocal Variety

Some people have voices that carry naturally to all corners of the room. Others need training and practice.

This post is all about the technique of finding your voice, and will not go into any psychological aspects of “finding your voice”. I am not qualified to provide information in this regard. So, to the techniques…

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A to Z Challenge: U is for Unassuming

Unassuming: modest, not arrogant or presumptuous, humble, unpretentious...

One of the most important pieces of homework a speaker has to do is to know who their audience is, even to the extent of knowing who is going to be in the audience (journalists, other experts, your peers…).

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A to Z Challenge: T is for Time

A TED Talk is 18 minutes long. Whether you are Bono, Bill Gates or Bill Clinton – no more, no less.

A Toastmaster speech is generally 5 to 7 minutes long.

How long can I listen to a speech or presentation before zoning out? Not more than 18 minutes…and it had better be good!

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Welcome to my personal blog. I write about a lot of different things so if you like eclectic then you'll like being here. Sometimes I'm #justsaying.

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