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Public Speaking Tip: Using a script

Whenever I teach people to become better speakers, one of the items that inevitably comes up is whether or not they should have a script and the answer is yes and no. You need to have a script to know what you’re going to say, but not to the point of saying it by rote and sounding like a monotone drone spewing out a pre-rehearsed diatribe.

There is a balance that must be reached between having a SCRIPT and memorising your speech verbatim.

There is nothing worse in a movie or TV show when you get the sense the person is reading their lines.

At Unleash The Speaker Within, we’ll make sure you don’t commit this public speaking sin with IMMEDIATE and INSTANT feedback.

How To Present A Technical Subject

Technical professionals have a unique challenge when faced with presenting technical subjects. How much technical jargon should you include to build credibility versus leaving it out to maximise clarity and understanding?

Here is a great example of someone explaining a very technical subject in a way that any lay person can understand. He did it by looking at the audience and keeping it simple and accessible.

How NOT to speak in public

In my cornerstone event, Unleash The Speaker Within, I teach people the art and science of how to speak in public. This is the antithesis – How NOT to speak in public. That being said, this was an elected official in the United States – can you believe it?!?

Got an accent?

You simply have to watch this video to realise that we all have an accent – the only question is which one?!?!

Speaker Tools Of The Trade

Monica and I recently took a “workation“, which is a term I invented when I combine work and a vacation. Most of the time is work, the balance… vacation. If it’s the reverse, it’s called a “playcation” – that’s what I do when I compete in squash – my tournament PLAY comes first and foremost, followed by work.

Anyway, the reason I am blogging today is because when I packed for my workation, I left some of my cables and PowerPoint clicker behind. At first it was an annoyance, then I realised it was a sign that I needed to have DOUBLES – like I’ve had for my mobile phone and computer – a set of cables JUST FOR TRAVEL so that I am not constantly plugging and un-plugging my cables.

So now I have doubles of everything I need, will position them in special ‘secret’ pouches in my carry-on luggage and will be set to go anytime, anywhere.

By the way, I’ve been doing this with my toiletries for more than 10 years – when I was a road warrior, travelling the world (North America, Europe and Australia) on an on-going basis – I starting keeping one set of shaving cream, deodorant, brush, toothpaste etc. in a toiletries back SEPARATE from the ones I used at home. This way, I never forgot to bring anything and packing time was substantially reduced.

Just a quick, easy way to reduce the burden of travel and make your new career as a public speaker less stressful and more enjoyable!

If you have any other tips like this to share, please let me know and I’ll make sure I pass it along to our readers!

Taller = richer and smarter

WhoTallareyouIn a previous blog post I discussed a hot topic called “the ugliness factor”. Today’s post is along the same lines – how tall you are determines how much you make AND how smart you are! Read on.

While researchers have long shown that tall people earn more than their shorter counterparts, it’s not only social discrimination that accounts for this inequality. It seems that tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers, a new study finds.

“As early as age three, before schooling has had a chance to play a role and throughout childhood, taller children perform significantly better on cognitive tests,” wrote Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The findings were based primarily on two British studies that followed children born in 1958 and 1970, respectively, through adulthood and a U.S. study on height and occupational choice.

Other studies have pointed to low self-esteem, better health that accompanies greater height and social discrimination as culprits for lower pay for shorter people.

But researchers Case and Paxson believe the height advantage in the job world is more than just a question of image.

“As adults, taller individuals are more likely to select into higher paying occupations that require more advanced verbal and numerical skills and greater intelligence, for which they earn handsome returns,” they wrote.

For both men and women in the United States and the United Kingdom, a height advantage of four inches equated with a 10 percent increase in wages on average.

But the researchers said the differences in performance crop up long before the tall people enter the job force. Prenatal care and the time between birth and the age of 3 are critical periods for determining future cognitive ability and height.

“The speed of growth is more rapid during this period than at any other during the life course, and nutritional needs are greatest at this point,” the researchers wrote.

The research confirms previous studies that show that early nutrition is an important predictor of intelligence and height.

“Prenatal care and prenatal nutrition are just incredibly important, even more so than we already knew,” Case said in an interview.

Since the study’s data only included populations in the United Kingdom and the United States, the findings could not be applied to other regions, Case said.

And how tall are the researchers?

They are both about 5 feet 8 inches tall, well above the average height of 5 feet 4 inches for American women.

You can’t afford to be ugly


We all hate to admit it, but we judge a book by its cover and judge people on how they look.

You’d agree that when you look good, you feel good. But, looking great can also be a HUGE bonus to your bank account.

Attractive people earn more money than their less attractive peers. This has been researched scientifically and is called the ‘ugliness penalty’.

Surprisingly, men are MORE subject to the penalty than women. In a Canadian and American survey, ugly men earned -9% of average income, while ugly women earned -6%.

Why does this happen? Are attractive people smarter? More qualified?

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