Body Language in Politics: Hands, feet, posture, eyebrows, and MORE!

I recently was asked to be a guest on City TV Montreal to discuss the body language techniques and non-verbal cues within a political debate – specifically, the debate between the four candidates in the Quebec provincial election. The positioning and movement of the hands, the differences in posture, their stance, and even their eyebrows […]


Got the Storytelling Bug? Don’t Confuse It with Effective Public Speaking

Guest Post by John White, VenTAJA Marketing Storytelling. Suddenly, you’ve got the bug. Maybe you’re streaming the 10 most popular TEDx talks, listening to Ignite presentations or tuning in to The Moth Radio Hour. Maybe you happened into a pub on open-mic storytelling night and you were captivated by the tales people told. Or maybe […]


Houston high school teacher wins Toastmasters’ 2018

Houston high school teacher wins Toastmasters’ 2018 World Championship of Public Speaking® Ramona J. Smith rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest With a speech titled “Still Standing,” Ramona J. Smith, a high school teacher from Houston, Texas, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 25. For the first time […]


3 surefire ways to build connection with your audience — and look like a speaking superstar!

If you’re like many of my clients, you may be comfortable giving presentations. You may have a LOT of experience delivering them. You may even get great feedback after you speak. But is confidence, experience, and “good job, [insert your name here!”] enough to consider your presentation successful? (You already know that this a trick […]


Speaking at a Podium While Reading Notes: Is it a Recipe for Disaster…Or another way to Rock Your Presentation?

Standing at a podium and reading your script has the potential to create a boring, unengaging, and frustratingly long experience for your audience. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen when you’re the speaker. If you’ve ever sat through a presentation where the speaker stands at a podium reading their notes, you know that […]


Claim the Stage Podcast: My interview with Angela Lussier of the Speaker Sisterhood: Talking about how to find the heart of your message

I had the pleasure to be a guest for Episode #80 on the Claim the Stage podcast with Angela Lussier, founder of the Speaker Sisterhood. We chatted about how to cut through the “fluff,” how to make your talk relevant to your audience for optimal impact, and how to apply the so-necessary-but-so-rarely-used “WHO/WHAT/WHY” approach to decide […]


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Storytelling: 3 Tips To Choose The Right Stories For Your Presentation

We all know the value that stories can bring to a speech. They add colour and life, they add interest and fun, they back up the key points, show a concept in action, and most importantly, they add audience engagement and connection. But – they can also be self-serving, drag on, and lose your audience, […]


Global TV segment: How to overcome nerves when speaking in public

A super-fun (and early) morning on Global TV Montreal, discussing how to prepare for a speech, why telling a joke at the beginning is a BAD idea, and how to be gentle (yet still helpful) if someone asks for YOUR feedback on their speech. Complete with an intro taken from one of my Speaking Resource […]


On the radio with Life Unrehearsed (CJAD 800 Montreal) — Talking about how to step out and get noticed through public speaking

A great time was had by all on CJAD800 Montreal radio on the Life Unrehearsed program (I come on in the last half hour in this video). We talked about common myths of public speaking, how to shift your mindset so that you could approach your presentation with more confidence, and the best first steps […]

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