This year I was asked to mentor the speakers of TEDxYouth@Seabury Hall for the 2nd year in a row. The eleven youth were chosen through auditions and came from schools all over Maui. They spoke on topics ranging from social discrimination, feminism, asexuality and taking risks to finding one’s passion through art and self-expression. Speaking Read more about So you want to be a TED speaker[…]
What if your perceived weakness or negative trait was in fact your very own SuperPower? What traits or qualities do you have, and take for granted, that are in fact your biggest GIFT? It came to me last night as I was listening to Dr John DeMartini speak on values and embracing the good and Read more about Claim Your SuperPower![…]
The trick to being an effective speaker is to be yourself while still adapting to various types of people within your audience. You want to be connected with them and find a mutual bond. You have got to know yourself and be honest about that. The more you explore your own style, your strengths and your weaknesses, the more you are able to express yourself authentically.
I have heard people say, when it comes to an upcoming speaking opportunity, that they will ‘wing it’ or that they like to ‘wing it’ because then it will come out natural. Two things are wrong with this kind of thinking: That being prepared and even having a script prevents you being natural, and That Read more about Don’t Wing It[…]
It is said that if you are not growing, that you are dying, and when it comes to speaking or presenting, it might be easy to get stuck into a groove of doing things a certain way and think that that is enough. Is there room for improvement? Like any performer, yes, there is always Read more about Are You Stuck at the Same Level?[…]
When it comes to speaking on stage, it’s really important to define your style, to be yourself on stage, to be natural and authentic. If you are putting on a performance like an actor, then it’s really hard for people to buy into it. They buy into the performance, but really they want to know Read more about Just for laughs[…]