The Winning Voice

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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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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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Gandhi month

As Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the month of October ( 2 October 1869) this month’s theme will be Gandhi month. The focus will be aligned with Gandhi’s tenets of simplicity and congruency of communication. To warm you up for the month, here are quotations and ideas to wash over you. ‘He (Gandhi) recognized that communication is the most effective tool to shape opinion and mobilize popular support.’ (reference)

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How to walk, so you don’t get mugged

In the book Race: How Blacks And Whites Think and Feel About The American Obsession, by oral historian Studs Terkel, there is a quotation on p. 39 from an Afro-American man named Julian Jefferson. Here is the quotation: ‘I’ve never had any run-ins with the police. I credit that to my mother. I’ve known people that walk down the street and the police throw them against the wall and frisk them.

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