Developing dynamic openings and closings in speeches

Imagine stepping onto a stage. The crowd is silent, expectant. How you begin your speech can capture the room's attention; how you end it can leave an indelible mark long after you've stepped down. That's the power of dynamic openings and closings—they bookend your message, creating a...

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The power of podcast guesting: How PR professionals can leverage it

In the ever-evolving world of media and communications, podcasting has emerged as a formidable force. Today, over a third of Australians listen to podcasts regularly, making it a critical platform for reaching diverse and engaged audiences. But while many recognise the importance of hosting or...

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How business awards elevate public speakers

In the realm of public speaking, the art of oratory is often perceived through the lens of direct audience impact—how speakers stir emotions, shift perspectives, and spur people into action. But there's another facet of impact that's equally potent yet less discussed: the transformative...

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How to write winning media releases in PR

Public Relations (PR) is a dynamic field that requires strategy, foresight, and creativity. A core tool in the PR arsenal is the media release (often referred to as a press release). A well-crafted media release can be the gateway to invaluable media coverage, amplifying your message to a wider...

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How emerging technologies are reshaping public speaking in 2024

As we welcome the New Year, it's an opportune moment to reflect on the transformative role emerging technologies are playing in the realm of public speaking. The landscape of communication and presentation is evolving rapidly, and as we step into 2024, understanding these changes is crucial for...

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The intersection of public speaking and emotional intelligence

Public speaking, at its core, is an act of communication designed not merely to inform but also to engage and influence an audience. The ability to do so effectively hinges on one’s emotional intelligence (EQ) – the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to...

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How to pitch to the media: A guide to successful PR

In today's digital age, public relations (PR) continues to be an essential component of effective marketing strategies. One of the crucial aspects of PR is the ability to pitch stories to the media. But how do you ensure that your pitch stands out in a sea of emails, calls, and messages that...

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Crafting compelling calls to action in your speeches

The climax of any great speech is its call to action (CTA)—the moment the speaker galvanised an audience into taking tangible steps towards a cause or initiative. Whether you’re motivating a team, selling a product, or leading a movement, a compelling CTA is the critical bridge...

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The importance of follow-up after a speaking engagement

Speaking engagements, whether they are workshops, webinars, or keynote addresses, offer a unique opportunity to connect with an audience, share expertise, and build your personal or professional brand. However, the true magic often lies in what happens after the applause ends: the follow-up....

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How to negotiate your speaking fees

Being asked to speak at an event is not just an honour, but it's also a testament to your expertise and value in your industry. Along with that recognition often comes compensation. But determining and negotiating your speaking fees can be daunting, especially if you're new to the speaking...

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The role of networking in becoming a paid speaker

In today's interconnected world, networking is not just a buzzword – it's an essential tool for professionals from every field, especially for those aiming to become paid speakers. For budding speakers, mastering the art of networking can be the difference between merely being a 'voice' and...

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Turning audience questions into engaging dialogue

As a paid speaker, one of the most crucial moments in your presentation isn't necessarily in the scripted slides or rehearsed anecdotes—it's in the unpredictable realm of audience questions. This segment, often reserved for the end of a presentation, can transform a one-sided monologue into...

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