My First Blog Post

I originally designed this website after graduating from college, however it has undergone significant change in recent times, and I’ve learned a considerable amount about web development in the process. With this post I am introducing something brand new on the site – the Communicate You Blog.

Why Communicate You?

Working in the electricity sector, I’m regularly reminded of the great achievements of the scientist Michael Faraday. It was Faraday’s discoveries in the 1800s that transformed electricity from an interesting curiosity into the workhorse of the modern age. But less well-known is that it was also Michael Faraday who pioneered the notion that scientists have a duty to communicate their technical work to a general audience.

The same applies to engineers and innovators. Apple founder Steve Jobs was renowned as an expert in design, but he was also an exceptional communicator. At the time of his death in 2011 Forbes noted his “amazing ability to speak with passion and make his ideas understandable and memorable through telling stories”.

Communicate Yourself

Public Speaking is the Number 1 Fear

Surveys about people’s fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great that we fear it more than death, in surveys at least.

IN THIS BLOG I HOPE TO HELP

Communicate You blog seeks to provide the tools and techniques needed to become an effective public speaker, step by step. It will feature advice on preparing, rehearsing and delivering a speech, tips and tricks for designing effective visuals, interviews with experienced speakers and much more.

 A Journey to Effective Public Speaking

Since moving to Dublin in 2013, I’ve made it my goal to become a better communicator. I’m an active member of Toastmasters where I’ve been working to hone my own communication and leadership skills. But there is always room for improvement!

The goal is to capture the key elements of public speaking techniques as I experience them in my own life. So please use this blog as your personal resource about presentation skills, share it with others, and join me on a journey to effective public speaking.

I’ve been working hard to create some great content and I can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime I’d love to hear your feedback.

Check back here regularly for new and updated content. Keep an ear to the street!