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Gifts and Giveaways

1st Dec 2020

If you're reading this you have chosen to stay on the mailing list. Great! I'm pleased to have you here.

I will endeavour to give you as many weekly tips and techniques as possible as loyal newsletter readers, plus, give you a gift or two every now and then.

Let’s start now! Because not only because it is Christmas soon and 2020 is nearly over but it's also my birthday this month. Cue: I know.

Recently, Say It Clearly launched a new mentoring programme that runs for 12 months. For every programme sold, 1 school student receives a free training programme.

 Actually, it’s for any individual programme sold a school student benefits from speech lessons.

For example; Tina Hardie, business owner, on the mentoring programme, donated speech lessons for Dom Riddell, the winner of the Southland Young Enterprise Scheme who will be pitching at the Nationals in Wellington on the 10th of December. He is getting help with pitching and presenting. We know he will be as successful here as he is at home.

If you want more information as to how this would look if you signed up to a programme, email me below.

If you want to nominate a student for free speech lessons, email me below.

This week's free gift is ....a bottle of Akarua bubbles! Completely nothing to do with speech but it's time to celebrate and I love this wee drop.

To be in to win forward this email to a friend or three and get them to sign up (link below) to the newsletter. That's it. Once you've shared, you're in. If you win the bubbles will be couried to your house/place of work or maybe delivered in person! 

The comp closes on Sunday 6th December at 12pm and winner announced 5pm. 


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Success and celebrations

23rd Nov 2020

On Friday 20th November Southland Chamber of Commerce and the Glass Elevator Women’s networking group held a conference, not conference. The theme was ‘courage’ and the 4 key note speakers spoke about courage, taking risks, leadership, overcoming adversity, and work life balance. The previous week the Chamber and Southland Export Trust held a gala dinner recognising success in the Export industry. Both of these events combined; celebrating success, overcoming challenges we all face in our life were events that brought people together, where there was fabulous food, entertainment at really marvellous Southland venues, not only recognising and celebrating success but most of all, time to catch up with people in our community, where we could ask ‘how are you going’. How are you celebrating your success?  Can you list your successes this year? This can be a challenge for a lot of us, we just do our thing and not expect to be recognised or celebrate but I think this is crucial. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just something to reward you and your team (family included in here too) with an actual list of your successes this year. This rewires your brain by growing your conscious mind into believing you succeed frequently, it's easy and it's fun.  If there is a ‘yet to achieve’ on your list that has possibly been on there for a while and you’re not too sure how to go about achieving this or if there is some fear that is holding you back, fear of making a mistake, fear of people’s judgements, fear that you’re not good enough. Whatever the reason, if fear is on one side of the coin* and courage is on the other, what flips that coin is your breath. Fear causes us to hold our breath. Not like cheeks puffed out bright red holding our breath but our breathing becomes so shallow it freezes up our muscles and stops us from taking action. Learn how to breathe from your diaphragm to release that fear and turn it into courage, progress, excitement. *Thanks to Dr G Hendricks for the coin analogy. There are 3 ways I can help you to achieve effective breath control, to find your voice and overcomes nerves.

  • 1. Stay on the mailing list
  • 2. Train yourself with a Say It Clearly online course
  • 3. Book a call to discuss 1:1 training

Here’s to your ongoing success.

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Public Speaking - It's All Public Speaking

15th Nov 2020

Public speaking. It’s all public speaking. Standing up in front of 400 people is what probably what springs to mind but having to pitch for funds, present to clients or collegues, meeting with your boss – are aspects of public speaking. Preparation is the first key step for any of these situations. It’s like building your house on sand, the whole lot will crumble around you if you don’t have the preparation solid.

1. Know your audience, if you don’t know and understand who your audience is those funny jokes will be met with a room of silence or even worse, fall asleep (note - this actually happened at the table I was sitting at on Friday night during a gala dinner. The speaker in question was so ill prepared one man literally nodded off). That 15 minute time slot will blow out to 40 plus and your main point will be lost. If you are pitching for funds, and the purse-string holder is the one falling asleep you can kiss good bye any money you need.

2. Practice, how to get rid of those pesky ums. Don’t let your moment in the spot light be completely derailed with 242 ums. And counting. (note- same speaker, same night but actually this has been the 3rd occasion in the last month where the ums got in the way of the content) Practice with someone who will give you honest and constructive feedback and who knows your audience as well, this will help to keep your speech on topic and on target.

3. Feedback and feedforward. Practise doesn’t make perfect, practise plus feedback does. Feedforward is suggestions for next time.

4. Find out strategies to help you not only keep the anxiety at bay but will also harness that energy for a really impactful and successful speech.

Here's 3 ways how I can help - 

1. If you are a well self-managed learner take yourself through the online course Pitches, Presentations and Public Speaking. Here is the link - Say It Clearly

2. Purchase the Training Manual to teach yourself. This comprehensive 40+page manual will give you all the techniques you need for voice development, clear, confident and eloquent speech. Link here - Say It Clearly

3. Individual or group coaching. Book a time to talk with me about what you want to do to succeed in all things Public Speaking. Click here to find a time that suits - Miriam's Calendar


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