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Business owner evolution – from owning to leasing

Those of us who took the leap from corporate to our own business can remember exactly what those first handful of challenges were: cashflow, equipment, branding and clients. If you were strategic enough, you’d make sure you had enough of a nest-egg (ideally 3-6 mths...

Stop Saying um and y’know

Breathing Life Back into the Full-Stop It’s one of those things you don’t even realise you’re doing until you listen back to a recording of your voice. There it is : “My first introduction to… umm.. technology was in school...

Confident Public Speaking

Number 1 Fear Download a handy PDF of these tips and a whole page of extra tips from speakers from around the globe. This is my 21st year of Professional Speaking, and when you’ve been doing something that long, people are bound to ask you questions, right? Of...

INTERVIEW : John Lawson – International Speaker and Author

John Lawson is a global speaker on Social Commerce, best selling author and go-to authority.  In this episode John Lawson describes the moment he became a proper ‘Speaker’ – when he stole the show instead of moderating a panel at an event. John is...

Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

Number 1 Public Speaking Challenge I’ve been speaking professionally for around 17 years and coaching speakers for more than 10. The most common challenge facing those speakers is dealing with nerves. I’ve developed my own techniques and tweaked those...

Launching my podcast: The Run Sheet

Finally Very happy to announce the launch of my long-planned podcast called The Run Sheet. I will take you behind the scenes of the conference and event industry, speaking with Speakers, MCs, venues, event planners, AV technicians, app developers, delegate experience...

Professional Eavesdropping (psst!)

In real life the art of conversation is as much about listening as it is talking.  So too on the social web. Listening, or – in social media terms – ‘monitoring the conversation’ – is a critical first step when embarking upon your social media...

Choosing a Celebrity MC for your event

One of the best things about being such an experienced Professional Speaker (read: been doing it a LONG LONG TIME) is that I’ve come across such a wide array of Speakers and can authentically refer other Speakers to my clients. I never refer a Speaker I...

Gift Ideas For Clients

There’s no denying how delightful it is to receive an unexpected card or gift from a client/supplier or colleague. It’s equally as thrilling to choose a card/gift to send. I’m always on the lookout for thoughtful and interesting gifts to send to...