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Posts by Gavin Meikle

Storytelling for Speakers – Beware The Dark Side

storytelling for speakers - beware the dark side

Many people have written about the importance of storytelling for speakers from the perspective of the audience. They remind us that packaging information and ideas in the form of a story make it more memorable. But I have never seen an article warning presenters about how the stories they tell could be holding them back from…

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Vocal Variety Tips, Part 3 – Pitch and Resonance

Vocal Variety - Tuning Forks Image

Having learned about the importance of speech projection and delivery speed in the first two articles in this series on vocal variety, it’s now time to turn our attention to pitch and resonance. What is pitch and why is it important? In vocal variety terms, pitch relates to whether you are speaking in a high, low or natural…

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Vocal Variety Tip Part 2 – Perfect your Pace

Vocal Variety, are you exceding the speed limit

In my first post in this series, I shared some ideas about how public speakers could learn to make the most of their voice projection. In this, the second in the series, I’d like to show you to make the most of your speaking speed. Vocal Variety – Change your pace The speed at which…

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Book Marketing Made Simple – A Review

Having published by first book The Presenters Edge,  back in December 2016 and, having made loads of book marketing mistakes along the way, I was keen to read Karen Williams Book Marketing Made Simple My first reaction after reading this useful publication was – “I wish I had read this before I published my first book!”…

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Common Presentation Skills Myths Debunked

Presentation Skills Myths Busted

Are your beliefs about your presentation skills holding you back? “A belief is simply a thought that we have ceased to question Someone once told me that a belief is simply a thought that we had ceased to question and that started me on a voyage of discovery to explore my own beliefs to find out…

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How to write a speech – Discover the magic of metaphors

how to write a speech - liken it to cooking a meal for friends

I read a fascinating blog post today which reminded me of the power of metaphors as a tool to make communication more colourful and engaging. I started to think about metaphors relating to public speaking, communication and the idea for a new post about how to write a speech just popped into my head and…

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How to Improve Communication Skills – Avoid These Common Mistakes

How to improve communication skills

I first got interested in how to improve communication skills almost forty years ago, when I started working for a large corporation. I slowly became aware that most of the problems that occurred in the business were rooted in that mysterious process that we glibly label “communication.” Sometimes the cause was a complete lack of communication, (deliberate…

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