What Is Your Message?


Does this situation sound familiar to you? You’re listening to a speech or presentation. Somehow you know, somehow you feel there is a message… somehow. But, if someone asked you about it only one hour later, you wouldn’t be able to nail it.

Your message is the most important sentence of your speech. Pay more attention to . . . → Read More: What Is Your Message?

Terima Kasih, Toastmasters!


From 20-23 August 2014, I attended the Annual Convention of Toastmasters International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For the first time in its 90-year history, the global organization chose an event location outside North America. And it turned out to be a fabulous decision.

More than 2,500 attendees from all over the world created a special atmosphere of . . . → Read More: Terima Kasih, Toastmasters!

Have You Spent 14 Years In Your Garage?


The other day my folks and I visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. At one point, we were standing in front of this piece of art – The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly. My aunt Brigitte told me that the artist, James Hampton, had worked on it . . . → Read More: Have You Spent 14 Years In Your Garage?

10 Lessons Learned For Trainers And Leaders


Five years of imparting corporate trainings in the areas of public speaking, presentation skills and charisma have taught me many lessons. Based on all the feedback I received at the end of the sessions, here are 10 of my biggest lessons learned. As always, all my views are of subjective nature. We all have to find . . . → Read More: 10 Lessons Learned For Trainers And Leaders

Do You Have A T-Rex Moment In Your Speech?


In the past five years, I moderated more than 3,200 speech evaluations. In more than 3,200 speeches I followed exciting slide presentations and listened to monotonous business talks. I felt touched by the full range of human emotions – sadness, pride, values, weaknesses and failures, successes and accomplishments. I witnessed laughter; I witnessed tears, I felt . . . → Read More: Do You Have A T-Rex Moment In Your Speech?