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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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How not to be on the chopping block post covid

9th Nov 2020

Because our economy has been booming for the last 7 (how odd) or so years there have been people who think they can go to work and do an outstanding job of looking busy or spend most of the time stirring up other people’s grievances because unemployment is at an all-time low and businesses were crying out for workers.


That may have been working during the boom times but it just won’t cut in the era of COVID.

For the first time in a generation we’re facing a huge recession, and most businesses will be looking to cut expenses including wages.


What can you do to make sure you aren’t on the chopping block first? Here are my top 3 suggestions that have worked for my clients in the past and I have noted top Australian Investment Advisor,  Scott Pape also recommends. Yay, good to know someone else agrees with me. ;-)

  1. Write down the 3 essentials in your job description. NOTE: If you need to get your contract and j.d out of your bottom drawer, do that now.
  2. Write 3 really out there goals you are going for in the next year.
  3. Learn how to put authority and power into your voice so you don’t sound wobbly (I sound like I’m going to cry and I’m not, voice) when you go to that appraisal interview to show your boss why you should stay.

You are possibly thinking, I just want to keep your job, let alone ask for a pay raise. Yep, hearing that, but show your worth anyway. In fact, it's crucial. 

Diary in one thing a day that moves you towards those 'big' goals within the year.

Work on putting authority into your voice (hint – it’s related to breathing).

Set a time for an appraisal meeting if you haven’t had one yet.

When you get there tell your boss about how you’ve met your KPIs for the year, plus the goals for yourself and therefore the company in the coming year.

3 steps. GO! Stand out!

PS – that’s exactly what I did just before writing this and for the first time I’m actually looking forward to 2021.

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New Job, New Business, New Goals.

1st Nov 2020

Last week in my blog I discussed what could happen if your role has been dis-established and what you can do to upskill or retrain in your own new business or a new role. If you aren't there yet here's what I recommend.

1. Find out what you love to do the most. Dr Gay Hendricks call this your 'genius zone'. There are other social media giants out there claiming this phrase but as Dr Hendricks wrote his book "The Big Leap" in 2009, I'm fairly sure it's his phrase to claim. If reading the whole book isn't your thing print off the PDF of finding your genius zone off my website.

2. You need something extra on your CV to show you are open to learning, upskilling and retraining. Of course, I have the courses for you that not only show you are willing to learn but also the skills you will actually learn will mean you can win the job by smashing the interview. PLUS, being an amazing team worker with your fabulous communication skills.

3. Just do it. Thanks Nike, for your catch phrase. Procrastination is a killer and the longer you leave it the longer the tiny little amygdala in your brain will tell you NOT to do it. It's a real thing and the only way to silence it is to do something. Trust me on this, putting things off for another day is one of my worst habits. 

That's it. 3 things, go do it now. If you are super stuck, book a time to call me and have a chat about what you can do next. 

PS - you may be eligible for funding for your retraining, ask me how. 



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