Personal Impact

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Malcolm Gladwell on connecting with an audience

February 3, 2016

You know who he is. He’s the zeitgeist shaping writer of such popular classics as ‘Outliers’, ‘The Tipping Point’ and ‘Blink’. He’s popularised performance psychology and brought millions of readers to consider some fundamental human questions like – Q.What’s the difference between Bill Gates and me? A. Not much. Q. Is success all about hard […]

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Guy Kawasaki Speaks – A review from the presentation summit, New Orleans 2015

October 16, 2015

Let’s imagine what it is like to be Guy Kawasaki for a moment. He’s the captain of the ‘I once walked with Jesus’ team of global presentation and pitching gurus.  His post Steve Jobs sidekicks are Garr Reynolds, Nancy Duarte and that other bloke whose name I can never remember. I’ve never seen any of […]

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Presentation Summit 2015 – Why have I spent $20,000 plus time to be in New Orleans?

September 27, 2015

It’s 3am New Orleans time.  I’m wide awake in my room at the name hotel on Bourbon St, where I’ve chosen to be for the next 4 days at the Presentation Summit 2015. I spent 18 hours travelling here. I missed the most important game of rubgy there has been for years (I discovered on […]

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Want to be a brilliant speaker? Try this

June 30, 2015

My 13-year-old son asked me to let him show me his football skills the other day. I was delighted, because until that point, he’d shown no interest at all in the sports that I’ve adored since I was his age. We went down to the local park, and I passed the ball to him to […]

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Jeremy Clarkson only had one verbal trick – it works

March 24, 2015

The soon to be forgotten Jeremy Clarkson has built his career out of this single skill. No, not bullying, whingeing and feeling sorry for himself after behaving appallingly to producers, fellow journalists, wives, foreigners, and anyone who didn’t attend a public school (Chavs, I think, is the word he uses to describe most of the […]

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Amy Cuddy at TED: Your body language shapes who you are

January 13, 2015

In this fascinating TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy starts with two good questions: Our non-verbals govern how other people think and feel about us but do our non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves? If our minds can change our bodies; is it also true that our bodies can change our minds? Her research […]

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3 things presenters can learn from Julien Blanc

November 7, 2014

In my previous post I drew attention to a troubled twerp called Julien Blanc. He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’ who for years has been selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after […]

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What can presenters learn from Julien Blanc?

November 7, 2014

He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’.  Selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after a woman (Jenn Li) objected to his methods, his language and his appallingly sexist and racist video […]

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