How Presenters can Persuade with Power

This post is part of a series of posts aimed at PMO professionals ahead of my keynote Public Speaking Demystified at the Future PMO Conference on October 17th in Hammersmith. A fortnight ago, when discussing informative speeches, I also mentioned that most speeches or presentations either seek to inform or persuade an audience. Persuasion immediately triggers images of … Read more

Want to speak with impact? Use your voice effectively!

Impactful public speaking is made-up of well-structured content delivered in a strong and confident manner. Eye contact and body language are key elements of a strong delivery. However, the one that can make the difference between a weak speech and an impactful one is the speaker’s voice. Your voice is a muscle One thing that … Read more

Leadership success via networking

One of my favourite aspects of attending big events like the Toastmasters 2019 Convention. In Denver, is catching up with peers and acquaintances from all over the world. More than educational sessions, training, and trophies. The real value of these events lies in the connections we build and maintain. Yet, once upon a time I … Read more

How to use words to your advantage when you speak

The words you use can make the difference between a good speech and a great speech. They can keep your audience engaged, interested and allow audience members to paint mental images of what you say. Only a few general principles should be followed to use good language when speaking. The magic of synonyms I didn’t … Read more

The power of fun and gamification

I spoke earlier this year about the development of a visual monopoly style incentives board, to communicate the initiatives linked to long-term strategies that I developed. At the challenge of a colleague, I eventually ended-up fleshing this into a playable board game. So far, hundreds of people have used the board game as part of … Read more

An analysis of John F Kennedy’s Moon speech

JFK's speech at Rice University

JFK’s speech delivered in 1962 at Rice University in favour of the Apollo programme. Is in my opinion one of the best political speeches of the 20th century. There is a lot that can be learnt from this speech. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this speech is a very good example of … Read more

When you speak purpose is power


Standing out as a memorable speaker and clear presenter can open new doors to you, and help you establish credibility as a leader in your field. A very effective way to stand out while you speak is to have a clear sense of purpose. Here are a few tips to help you when you next … Read more

Leadership lessons from the nuclear industry

Nuclear reactor

Looking at my nuclear industry career with hindsight. It is actually quite striking to see that many leadership lessons can be drawn from the industry. The more I think about it, the more I actually realise that it even influenced elements of my own leadership style. So, let’s find out what the industry can teach … Read more

What can presenters learn from fairy tales

In every culture worldwide, fairy tales and storytelling feature prominently in some form or another. As children we listened to fairy tales read aloud by our parents before going to bed. Widely acclaimed authors like La Fontaine, Grimm or Andersen largely owe their acclaim and fame to their compilations of stories and fairy tales. Can … Read more

Effective communication through gamification

Incentives board created by Florian Bay

Leading a volunteer organisation brings many interesting challenges. Chief of which is how to engage others with initiatives designed to support the wider organisation in meeting its goals. This is where gamification can help leaders in getting buy-in for said initiatives and changes. One of the conclusions of the 3-5 years strategic excellence plan that … Read more