Watch this to find out what lies ahead. Also, to hear me drop a bit of a bombshell.

Kindly ignore the sound of a distant emergency vehicle (no, I’m not being hunted by the cops), and the insistent beep-beep-beep of builders at the back of my house.

You might think: what the heck have I got myself into? Why is this man sitting on the floor to record these amateurish videos?

Please bear with me. I’m doing my best to avoid one of the great problems that often arises when people teach speaking and presenting. Too often, they give examples from the very best speakers and presenters: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King etc.

And my strong belief is that people who read about amazingly talented speakers and presenters get intimidated. So I want to share stories about my own more modest experience.

To reassure you, I’d like to acknowledge the audiences on four continents who have taught me to improve this training.

Through the time they generously gave me, I’ve learned what people enjoy, and what doesn’t work so well. Here’s a shot from a session I ran for young people in South Korea, with simultaneous translation from Alex (holding a blue clipboard):

But even this mild international success might sound like showing off, so I’ll stop.

FINALLY… please leave a comment below. It’s really important that together we get into some kind of dialogue. If you can’t think of anything else to say, just write, “I’m here”.

Thank you.

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