The Speech Sculptor

generosity

How you can be a generous voice in 2017

by Elizabeth Toohig
in Blog
How generous are you in what you share in your talk? When you speak, you are sharing knowledge, a skill, a process or a product. You have something that is of value to others, but it only becomes valuable when shared with those who actually need it. Speaking to others is one of the most powerful ways to share your knowledge. The challenge for speakers is to craft a talk that connects with the audience, keeps them engaged and has a clear message that meets their needs. Deliver on your promise One…
speaker agility

How to develop your speaker agility

by Elizabeth Toohig
in Blog
Speaker Agility Being a speaker at events or conferences as part of your business means you will inevitably encounter some challenging situations. This can happen to the most experienced, diligent and prepared speakers. For reasons beyond your control, things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes you will need to rely on your speaker agility. The Benefits One example of the many times I have encountered this happened in China. I was leading a delegation of headteachers, and we had spent…
great talk

The 5 elements of a great talk

by Elizabeth Toohig
in Blog
How to make every talk you give a treat for you and the audience! Creating and delivering a talk doesn’t have to be that daunting. With the right process and techniques at your disposal, you could easily create an engaging talk and step out with the confidence to deliver it with passion and conviction – all without suffering sleepless nights or a churning stomach. TREAT™ gives you the five elements that are in every great talk.   5 elements of a great talk I help people to make speaking…
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PAUSE: remember the power of the pause

by Elizabeth Toohig
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PAUSE: remember the power of the pause. “Remember the power of the pause.” These words of advice I received in my early days as a speaker. When I first started creating talks, I was desperate to include as much information as possible in the time I had been allotted. My solution? Speak faster. Not my best idea! As a result, I lost my audience. I did not give them enough time to process what I was saying.  I left them confused and overwhelmed. Now, as an experienced speaker, I know that…
brain hardwired for stories

Hardwired for stories

by Elizabeth Toohig
in Blog
Our brains are hardwired to remember stories more than facts Stories are the most powerful way to get across your message and to stay in the minds of your listeners is. In this article I share my 4 T’s storytelling model and how you can use it to create stories with impact in your next talk. Have there been times when you have come away from a talk or presentation and thought ‘that was good’. Then a few days later found that you can’t remember what the important points…