Claim your Space

Lisa Braithwaite from Speak Schmeak has commented on my post about the attention-getting myth. I started responding to her comment, but my response got so long I decided it was worth a blogpost in its own right. The issue is how to best help nervous speakers at the...

Why you don’t need to grab attention

I came across this intriguing story from the Washington Post which was blogged by both Seth Godin and Laura Fitton when it was first published last year. A world-class violinist, Joshua Bell, was asked by the Washington Post to busk during the morning commute at a...

The attention-getting myth

There is a pervasive myth in public speaking and presenting that you have to have an attention-getting opening. I would argue to the contrary. The beginning of your talk is the one time that you can guarantee that the audience is paying attention. They will pay...

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