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Communicate You Interviews Barry Brophy

A couple of weeks ago I called in to University College Dublin for a chat with Barry Brophy. With a background in engineering, Barry spent many years studying cognitive psychology in order to gain insights in how to explain technical material. Barry has nearly two decades of experience helping people make presentations in both the […]

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Communicate You Interviews Matt Abrahams

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Matt Abrahams. Matt is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach who teaches Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Presentation Skills for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, and De Anza College. Matt is also Co-Founder of Bold Echo, which is an industry leading communication coaching consulting practice. During […]

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World Champions of Public Speaking

Toastmasters is a community of over 345,000 members in 15,900 clubs in over 140 countries. Each year thousands of those members gather for the annual convention, culminating with the final round of an International Speech Contest, to produce the World Champion of Public Speaking. This post showcases a selection of previous speech winners. For those not familiar with Toastmasters, check out […]

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Tips from Ireland’s Top Coaches (Part 1)

This next post is a very special one for the blog. I’ve gathered together some of Ireland’s leading public speaking and presentation coaches to garner some top tips and advice.    Catherine Moonan is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’. Catherine has coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them […]

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Communicate You Interviews Hilari Weinstein

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Hilari Weinstein. Since 1998, Hilari has trained more than 2,500 professionals through her business High Impact Communication. Her training specialises in helping clients: Gain greater confidence and be more comfortable Communicate with greater clarity and authenticity Be effective communicators in a variety of contexts Make their message memorable  During my […]

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6 Steps to Successful Public Speaking

When faced with delivering a speech or presentation many of us worry about what we are going to say or how the audience will react. There is no need to be worried! This post outlines a simple, yet hugely effective method that you can apply to help you prepare and deliver well structured, compelling presentations. There’s a famous quotation on public […]

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Communicate You Interviews Gary Genard

I’m delighted to feature Dr. Gary Genard on the blog. The Genard Method is a Boston, Massachusetts-based public speaking training organisation. Gary, its founder, is an actor and speech coach who uses performance-based techniques to help professionals of all types become more dynamic speakers. He also has a specialty in helping people overcome fear of public speaking and […]

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4 Hidden Benefits of Public Speaking

Taking that first step into the public speaking arena can seem daunting but this is a skill that could potentially have a huge impact on the rest of your life. There are many hidden benefits from learning to speak in public. You’d be surprised at how relevant they are. So why would you want to learn […]

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How to Prepare for a Speech (Part 3)

Preparation is without doubt the most important element to a successful presentation, and the best way to reduce nervousness and combat fear. This blog post series is designed for people seeking a comprehensive, simple guide for preparing a speech or presentation. It takes the reader through a process which begins by defining the audience, and […]

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Welcome to the World of Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a worldwide organisation devoted to public speaking. The first club was started by Ralph Smedley in California in 1924 at a local YMCA to meet the need for speech and leadership training for young men. His initial “Ten Lessons in Public Speaking” still forms the core of the Toastmasters educational program as […]

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