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Category Archives for "Speaker Style"

Jun 21

Speaker Style: Jim Kwik, The Brainiac

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

Today's Speaker Style is Jim Kwik's 10 Steps To Improve Your Memory

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however we all have the ability to learn how to be great at public speaking.

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits.

You can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't, and think about how you could use what you like to develop your own personal style.

Speaker Style: The Brainiac

Jim Kwik is the world's leading brain and memory coach, and CEO & Founder of Kwik Learning. He's also great speaker to listen to when your brain needs a boost, becuse “If knowledge is power, learning is a superpower”, and he really can teach us a lot!

Biography

"I was known as the “boy with the broken brain. ” A childhood head injury at age five left me struggling in school. For a while, I even believed I could never be as good as other kids when it came to learning.

I was slow and barely survived school, but never stopped hoping for better. I often talk about “superhero brains” and “superpowers” when I’m referring to life-long learners and learning. It’s not just because I’m a geek, though....

...I discovered that, no matter the circumstances, we can rebuild our brains. And after working on myself, I realized my brain was not broken…it just needed a better owner’s manual. This shattered my own limiting beliefs – and over time, it became my passion to help others do the same."

Read more at JimKwik.com

Quotable Quote

The most enjoyable part about listening to Jim Kwik is that you can see that he lives what he teaches. He has so many sound bytes that once you listen to a few of his videos or podcasts you realise why he is so effective; simple rhymes, alliteration and emphasis on key concepts make his talks rich and massively informative. In relation to this topic, boosting your memory capacity, he says;

"Information alone is not memorable. Information combined with emotion becomes a long-term memory" - Jim Kwik

What To Watch For

  • So many quotes! "Don't rehearse your fears, rehearse for your successes", "What you eat matters, especially for your grey matter", "Where your focus goes your energy flows". Jim is a very deliberate speaker; every message is so carefully crafted to make it memorable.
  • It's interactive. It would be very easy to make this a dry, academic talk. Instead, he makes the topic relatable, and gets you doing what he's doing - showing you as well as telling you what he knows. So much more fun than simply listening. How many of the top 10 can you remember?
  • It's motivational - watch this and tell me you don't want to change at least one of your thoughts or behaviours. Not many speakers can move their audience to action!
  • The memorization technique he talks about at 11:05 in the video - specifically for remembering key points in a speech! 

What other speakers really get you fired up to take action? Are there other experts out there that have a great way of simplifying complex topics?

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Apr 24

Speaker Style: Brené Brown, The Storytelling Introvert

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

Today's Speaker Style is Brene Brown's The Call to Courage Netflix Original

Brene Brown's The Call To Courage is available on Netflix. Click image to access

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however we all have the ability to learn how to be great at public speaking.

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits.

You can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't, and think about how you could use what you like to develop your own personal style.

Speaker Style

The Storytelling Introvert

It's just like a chat with your best pal, with plenty of sweary bits (Brene loves an f-bomb) and loads of laugh-out-loud, relatable stories. As a self-proclaimed introvert, she may find it easier to stand up to a crowd like that than attend the promotional events that accompany the release of the documentary, however the focus here is on the story she wants to share. You know there is an ocean of knowledge backing up the opinions delivered in her credible and comfortable style.  The persuasive examples she uses to demonstrate her studies into shame and vulnerability will make you laugh and cry. Her studies illustrate that these are powerful topics for many people, and to quote Brene "Maybe stories are just data with a soul". 

Biography

RESEARCHER. STORYTELLER. TEXAN.
The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’m the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising StrongBraving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. Read more at BreneBrown.com

Quotable Quote

Brene herself has loads of her own quotable quotes, however the most powerful moment is when she recalls the turning point after her initial 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerabilitywas shared to the world, followed by the intense shame and embarrassment she felt after reading negative comments about her weight and appearance. She needed a Teddy Roosevelt quote to turn her perspective around.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming." — Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

What To Watch For

  • The Roosevelt quote uses perfect pauses for emphasis and builds feeling
  • It's a storytelling masterclass. Every key point is illustrated with a story to show us not only what she found in her studies, but she powerfully shows how her points relate to us all.  Writing notes, holding hands, tears.. the audience were absolutely HOOKED.
  • The language she uses. She's very relaxed using relatable, everyday language. Some people may be turned off by the swearing, however it serves to reinforce that this is a talk for everyone (of a sweary age). 
  • Her energy management. It's a long talk and she's just as passionate, interested and engaged at the end as she is in the beginning of the talk. 

Netflix have made accessing thought provoking documentaries as easy as can be. There's a huge range of nonfiction available to get those synapses firing!

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Want to work on your Storytelling skills?

Book some time in to discuss your speaking goals today.

Apr 12

Speaker Style: Pico Iyer, The Worldly Professor

By Briohny Williams | Speaker Style

There's nothing more interesting and exciting than an idea presented brilliantly.

We're not all born with the ability to jump up on stage or hold the whole rooms' attention with a story, however the great news is, we all have the ability to learn great public speaking.

So, where do we begin to master speaking techniques and develop our storytelling? And if it's not too much to ask, feel great when we are in the spotlight?

The people that capture our hearts and minds have all spent time on their public speaking skills, strengthening over time with practice and good habits. We can do that too by watching other speakers to see what you like, what you don't - and hopefully learn something new along the way.

Our first Speaker Style is Pico Iyer's Where is Home TED talk

Speaker Style

The Worldly Professor

Equal parts teacher and philosopher, you can imagine the worldly professor the lecture halls of a celebrated university by day, and penning their memoirs by night. They reflect on the world around them, asking great questions and rubbing their chins in deep, deep thought.  

Biography

Pico Iyer has spent more than 30 years tracking movement and stillness — and the way criss-crossing cultures have changed the world, our imagination and all our relationships. Read more at TED.com

Quotable Quote

And home, in the end, is of course not just the place where you sleep. It's the place where you stand.

What To Watch For

  • The use of storytelling to hook and re-engage his audience throughout
  • Clear connection made to the objective of his talk (where home is) multiple times during the talk
  • Use of humour to relate to and include his audience
  • A succinct and thought-provoking conclusion

TED Talks are a maze that I could happily get lost in for days, as there are so many amazing ideas and speakers to explore. And, if you're interested (read: a little obsessed) with them too, there's an entire book dedicated to the art of the TED talk, Talk Like TED, if you really want to nerd out.

If you've got a talk you love, pop it in the comments below!

Want to work on your Worldly Professor skills?

Book some time in to discuss your speaking goals today.