Do you remember Aesop’s fable on The Mice and The Cat? The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had…

Whether you’re an executive leader, entrepreneur, or coach, you would, by now, recognise the importance of speaking well. Making an impact in your presentation definitely goes beyond asking questions, giving a pep talk, or merely closing the sale. It is the human-to-human connection that matters. As we know, it’s the value we give to another…

Stage presence is magnetism. It is charisma. It is a quality that cannot be defined. It is almost as intangible as clouds and incomprehensible as waves. It is an aura that emanates from within. Some people can walk onto the stage with no pomp nor circumstance, but the audiences either go ballistic or are enthralled….

Imagine the allure of the Red Riding Hood story for children, or James Bond for adults. Or take a look at Mr Bean who is known across the world, who is so famous that  even without the need for English as a tool for communication is understood. Now, imagine that your business can harness the power…

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan on 11 March 2016 during the funeral, it sparked a dramatic backlash for unverfied facts and untruths. Here’s what Clinton said in an interview with MSNBC at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, about the late former first lady: “It may be hard…

In a recent blog “2 tips on teaching public speaking to primary school children, and why drama helps“, I answered a teacher’s question by explaining to her the importance of identifying (a) the context and purpose of the speech situation, and (b) the needs of the audiences. I gave specific contrasting examples on mobilising the…

Recently, a friend messaged me and asked if I knew any resources to teach public speaking to primary school children. She then clarified the question and asked how they should craft a good speech. In this video, I gave two quick tips. Here on this blog, I would add deeper reflections with more real life examples….

  “I don’t know how to motivate others.” “What should I say to inspire my team?” “I have run out of ideas and I don’t think my life is that inspiring.” Well, my dear colleague, you are not alone. Inspiring and motivating others through speech is not easy, but it’s also not that difficult. You…

Opening and closing a speech is the hardest thing to do. Because people remember you based on first and last impressions, what you say in the first and last twenty seconds will ‘make’ or ‘break’ your reputation as a speaker. If you get the last bit right, what you say at the end will most…

Some people say the biggest currency is money. Some would argue it’s time. Some would go to lengths to secure freedom. But I like Jim Carrey’s answer when he gave his commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in 2014. Here’s the video, and a short transcript to what I think is the crux of…

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