How to control your nerves

Everyone gets nervous. It’s perfectly natural! The best way to respond to those nerves is by firstly understanding what’s causing that stress.

Download SpeechOutline PDF tool

Are you looking for a free tool for faster preparation of speeches and presentations? Why not download this tool, it’s an editable PDF template of the SpeechOutline process. The SpeechOutline process walks you through: Crafting a compelling message your audience will remember. Structuring your ideas into chunks – so your talk is easy to follow. I use […]

A Speech Outline for Standup Comedy!

I recently used the Speech Outline Process to help a Coaching client develop a 5 minute Standup Comedy routine. Amy Doering is releasing a book and wanted a unique way of getting book publicity and media promotion. This only happens once (and she hasn’t been the same since!). Here’s Amy’s virgin standup appearance: Even though […]

Twice the impact when you speak – half the effort

 The Speech Outline Process twice the impact with half the effort – for 3 reasons:   1. You think more clearly about your ideas When you jump straight into writing a script or creating slides, you don’t have a chance for big picture thinking. You are too close to the information to see it objectively. […]

Speech outline for Steve Jobs Stanford commencement address

How does Steve Jobs plan a speech? The structure of Steve Jobs speeches varied depending on his goals for the communication event. But he always had 2 things: a clear take-home message and an engaging structure. Now, this speech tells an amazing story and shares unique life lessons, but it’s also a wonderful example of the […]

What exactly is a Speech Outline?

We’re in the middle of a Communications Revolution. The focus has been on writing (web pages, blogs, social media). However, more and more, you’ve got to speak well. I don’t mean grammar and accent, I mean you need to communicate ideas in presentations, conferences, video meetings, and phone meetings etc.   Structuring your ideas is […]

PowerPoint blows up Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program. A video of the launch here. Seeing the Space Shuttle in the news reminds me of the TWO Shuttle explosions (Challenger and Columbia) and the conclusion that poor communication contributed to both disasters. Some of the blame for the Columbia […]