How Will You Be Remembered? (Two Moments Every Speaker Needs to Think About)

Will you be remembered well? Will you even be remembered at all?  According to research by the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, author of “Thinking Fast and Slow”, the answer…


The Attention Tension (How to Capture and Engage your Audience)

In November 2015 I experienced Times Square for the first time. It was incredible and at the same time, overwhelming. As I looked up at the magnitude of New York City, I was…


Why Some Leaders Grow (And Others Don’t)

How can I get better?  It is a fundamental question that any great leader will ask. It is what separates the good and the great. Development should be one of the primary…


Stick the Landing (Three Questions You Should Answer Before You Close)

Have you ever worked so hard and been so close to achieving something, only to miss out at the last moment? It’s a horrible feeling.  Spare a thought for Japanese snowboarder…


If You Want to Connect (Learn the Language)

As leader, we will always struggle to lead the room, if we cannot learn to speak the language of the room.  In 2013 my wife & I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by…


Four Questions People Ask (Every Time You Speak)

Depending on who you ask, it has been said that the average person has between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. Our brain is one powerful information processing machine.  It’s…


Want to Improve? (Try Asking the Audience)

As someone who works alongside leaders to improve how they communicate one of the most common questions I get asked by people I hear speak is: “What feedback do you have for me,…


I have to speak and I’m freaking out (Three tips to calm the nerves)

You’re not really scared, but for some reason your hands are shaking. You’re instantly regretting wearing white because the sweat is quickly revealing all that glory hidden…


Happy ‘One Year Closer to Death’ Day (The Weight of Words)

Happy 'One Year Closer to Death' Day! It doesn’t have the same ring to it as ‘Happy Birthday’ does it? Last week I was passing a tram stop outside Southern Cross Station in…


The Other Side of Comparison? (Getting Bitter or Getting Better)

Has anybody ever told you that you shouldn’t compare yourself with others?  I would mostly agree. It can be dangerous and damaging.   But personally I have found that trying not…


Good leaders know how to speak (Great leaders know when not to)

Being a great leader isn’t just about knowing how to speak. It’s also about knowing when not to. Last week I sat down to write an article. I finished it and prepared to post as I…


When doing it right is getting it wrong (One thing we all need when communicating)

You’ve read it all. You’ve seen it all. You’ve heard it all. Stand up tall, shoulders back, feet shoulder width apart. Make eye contact, but not for too long. Don’t put your hands…