Public Speaking Coaching [VIDEO ARCHIVE]

Every day through the UK’s second lockdown, I’ve been responding to questions about public speaking with daily videos about banishing nerves, improving confidence and communicating better on stage or on camera.

Based around a simple triad of principles, my approach is intuitive and practical. If you want to know more about my approach to public speaking, my book covers it in detail:

UK version here

USA / rest of world edition here

Click on the links below to watch the videos

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1 Losing your train of thought – ever had the sensation when your mouth is running away from your brain? There’s a quick fix that will get you back on track.

2 Voice projection – it’s important to be heard by the audience, but it’s not all about volume.

3 The Three Golden Rules of Public Speaking – ever been bombarded with tips on public speaking? Don’t panic – giving a good speech or presentation actually boils down to three things. Get them right and you won’t go far wrong.

4 Authority – is fundamental to speaking in public. When you’re onstage you’re in charge. Here are a few tips to make sure your credibility is not undermined.

5 Authenticity – is about being yourself. When you understand this principle, the reasons you think you are a bad speaker can transform into the reasons why you’re a great speaker.

6 Audience – putting the Audience first is the third pillar in delivering a great speech. The more you know about who’s in the room – and why – the easier it is to tailor your message to what they need to hear.

7 Networking – how do public speaking skills play into networking events? Here are a couple of tips on using public speaking skills to get the most out of meeting strangers.

8 Eye contact – connecting with the audience is key to making yourself a compelling speaker, whether online or in real life. Here are my top tips on making sure the audience feels seen.

9 Banish filler words – those ‘um’s ‘er’s and ‘y’know’s that take away your credibility… how do you cut them from your speaking, right?

10 Joining a public speaking club – public speaking isn’t a theory, it’s a practice. Joining a club like Toastmasters International can help you find your ticks and weaknesses and build on your strengths – in a supportive and diverse learning environment (even in lockdown).

11 Microphones matter – if you’re a comedian and you don’t have a mic, what’s the big deal? Actually, it’s got the potential to ruin your audience’s expectations – but it’s also an opportunity.

12 FEAR: What IS stage fright? – the next few videos look at what’s causing that sick feeling, anxiety and brain fog that strikes right before you’re due to go on stage. We’ve all felt it, but what actually IS it?

13 FEAR: Authority – speaking and leadership go hand-in-glove. If speaking scares you, maybe it’s your own sense of authority that needs work?

14 FEAR: Authenticity – many of us fear that being onstage is where we will be found out for who we truly are – but no audience will warm to someone they think is a fake. To become a great speaker, you have to learn to be vulnerable and get comfortable with being your less-than-perfect-self.

15 FEAR: Audience – we are often frightened of the unknown. The answer? Research your audience so that you know you’re giving them what they want.

16 FEAR: Unanswerable questions – it’s a nightmare scenario: what happens when you’re onstage and someone asks you a question… and you don’t know the answer?

17 FEAR: Hecklers (part one) – Hecklers are the number one occupational hazard for stand up comedians – but they’re rarer than you think and there is a way to tackle them. You don’t need to learn put downs, just keep these principles in mind.

18 FEAR: Hecklers (part two) – low-level disruption is more common than heckling, but it can be more destructive if you don’t handle it well. Here’s how to approach the drunk and chatty members of an audience.

19 Should I open with a joke? – an often-quoted rule of public speaking, it’s actually a terrible piece of advice. This video explains why (and what you should do instead).

20 How to introduce a speaker – a good introduction will help a speaker get off to a great start. here’s how to welcome someone onto a stage.

21 How to recover from a bad introduction – if the person introducing you hasn’t seen the last video, how do you recover from a bad (or non-existent) intro?

22 STORY: Act 1, crisis – the opening is the most important part of your speech. People might take away the end, but if you don’t build a good foundation from the get go, you’ll struggle to make the impact in the final act.

23 STORY: Act 2, deepen the relationship – following an impactful introduction, begin to deepen the audiecne’s relationship to the story with more detail and explain why it matters.

24 STORY: Act 3, decision – all stories are about character. At the heart of every story is a decision made by the central character that defines them. If your story doesn’t have this, it’s not a story, it’s just a list of events.

25 STORY: Act 4, dark point – change the mood to keep the audience interested, play up the jeopardy and look for the consequences of decisions made.

26 STORY: Act 5, resolution – for a strong clear finish, resolve the crisis from Act 1, recap your key points and give a clear hand-off.

27 One crazy trick to improve your public speaking – with apologies for the clickbait title, there really is something that any speaker can do to get better at speaking. If you’re not already doing it, prepare for fast improvement.

28 Final thoughts and thanks – a quick review of the main principles and a big thank you to everyone who liked, shared and asked questions – plus an invitation to connect.

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