The Winning Voice

Category Archive - Own the Conversation

Change of direction/New website . . .

This is my last post for the year. To my regular readers, sometime readers and new readers – thank you for reading. I appreciate your support. Posts will resume in February 2018, but there will be a change in direction with the blog.

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‘Paid off’ points you can use right away

Back in 2013 I attended a business lunch. The format of the lunch was a panel discussion on how to do business in Asia. Scott Frew, CEO of Distribution Central, was on the panel. In the media, Frew had been described as one of Sydney’s super-rich who flies under the radar.

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My top presenting tips

Recently I read an article where English actor/writer/comedian, Neil Mullarkey, revealed his top presenting tips. Reading Mullarkey’s tips prompted me to come up with my own top presenting tips. Here they are:

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How to project energy – Lessons from Bradley Cooper

The eyes have it. When you see a person who has sparkling eyes, you can bet they’re enjoying themselves. You’ll see a great example of sparkling, beaming eyes in the American actor Bradley Cooper, as he engagingly and devotedly discusses his work, during his 49:16 minute interview with Charlie Rose.

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Here’s what you can learn from A. Lincoln’s oratory

Much has been said and written about the oratory and leadership skill of Abraham Lincoln. Still, Lincoln’s speaking and approach to leading are worth revisiting. His speaking and his leading approaches are timeless – and are guideposts, as you progress along the path to becoming a better speaker, presenter and leader. Here are Comments about Lincoln from his contemporaries. These comments particularly resonated with me:

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Month of the Orator, Part Two – learn from the best

For August of this year I chose the blog theme of Month of Orator. I’ve themed this month as Month of the Orator, Part Two. This is due, to November being the month that: -U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (19 November 1863). -U.S. senator, Robert F Kennedy was born (25 November 1925). Kennedy’s most famous speech occurred on the date Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. –Samuel Clemens (pen name Mark Twain)…

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How to introduce yourself

This week I’m pleased to share a guest article from a top performer – my friend, Duff Watkins. I urge you to read the article. How to Introduce Yourself Anytime, Anywhere, to Anybody in the Right Way.

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Russell Crowe – earthy & unpretentious

Of all the voices of male motion picture actors, Russell Crowe’s earthy, unpretentious voice is the one that grips you, viscerally – and doesn’t let you go until he stops speaking. You’ll experience that grip in a 53:30 minute interview of Crowe by Charlie Rose. Here are other thoughts about, and what resonated with me about, the interview: -I’ve shared this thought before but it’s worth repeating. Like many other…

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‘These are the times that try . . . ‘

‘These are the times that try men’s souls’. Thomas Paine This month’s theme is ‘Gandhi month’. Last week I shared a Gandhi’s quotation about choosing his written words, very carefully. Here is the quotation. ‘To be true to my faith therefore, I may not write in anger or malice. I may not write idly. I may not write merely to excite passion. The reader can have no idea of the restraint…

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