How often do you say the word “uhm” or “um” when you talk? Probably a lot. Because many people do. These words are called “filler words”. But how can you fix this? When you use filler words, you are thinking out loud. And that’s where the solution to stop saying “uhm” lies. Bas van den […]
There are speakers who draw great crowds. Not only during their session, but after as well. People come up to them, ask them questions, take pictures and often enough, become clients. How do they do that? Of course, with a good presentation. But there is a way to get that attention as well. Here’s how…
If you are doing talks or workshops, you need to come prepared. If you show up with only your computer, chances are something goes wrong. A well-prepared speaker brings his own items. Let’s take a look at five items every speaker needs to bring to a conference or workshop to make sure your session goes […]
When you are preparing for a talk, you need to get out. Burst your bubble to create a better talk. Bas van den Beld explains in his weekly video!
I wrote about ways to connect with your audience before. One topic I didn’t address then was asking the audience questions. Sometimes speakers want to engage with the audience by asking them a question. Often, these are simple questions (“who in the room works for an agency?”). Sometimes the questions are more complicated.These have a […]
When you are going to a talk or a pitch, don’t be late, be early. Many make it last minute, but no matter how good you are, it will hurt you. This tip is part of our email series. Sign up for the tips below!
I’d like to talk to you about your audience. Many speakers don’t know much about who they have in the room. I believe you should know a lot about them. Here’s why!
One of the most important parts of your talk is the end of it. How you end your talk, decides on how people walk away from it. So you want it to be good. Bas van den Beld explains in this video why and how to pay attention to the end of your talk. This […]
Almost every event has them: panel discussions. In these sessions, they often bring more speakers on stage to discuss a topic. When they invite you to be part of one of these panels, you are in luck! They see you as an expert! In the early days, I never thought about where to sit in […]
Your slide deck is one of the most important attributes of your talk. That is if you use one of course. Most marketing speakers do. So you pay attention to your slides. Sometimes I see slide decks filled with great content. Content that is overwhelming. That is why I always suggest those speakers: build in […]
You could get asked to be a moderator yourself. I would suggest any speaker to accept that invitation, at least once. You will learn a lot from it. Not only from what the other speakers are talking about, but from the experience. You will be a better presenter afterwards. How to be that great moderator? […]
Never underestimate the power of a smile in a presentation. It can do wonders for how your audience feels. Let me explain. Want more tips like these? Sign up below for our free weekly tips and learn from behind your screen! Want more personalised tips? Check out our individual training options or get your personal speakers plan.
Every speaker wants a good ‘connection’ with the audience. In some cases, that can be quite hard. Not all audiences are the same. And some audiences, you have to ‘convince’. Wouldn’t it be great if your audience would listen engaged to every word you had to say? It’s possible. There are a few ways to […]
When you want to persuade people or convince people, you need to start from their side. They have to feel like you are talking about them. Bas van den Beld explains the importance of making people recognise themselves Want more tips like these? Sign up below for our free weekly tips and learn from behind […]
This week in Manchester the second Searchelite conference was organised. At the first one, I spoke to Craig Rayner, the organiser of the event. My question was about picking speakers. Want to know what it takes to speak at an international conference? Searchelite conference organiser Craig Rayner explains how he picks speakers and what you […]