Powerful advice and articles that relate to the untamed experience of the voice. Feel free to comment bomb!
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on March 18, 2021 at 7:50 AM||comments (292)|
I was 26 years old when I first started my journey as a professional speaker, I made the rooki mistake of opening my seminar by flaunting my resume to a room full of high school teachers in an attempt to prove I was worth listening to. It backfired of course. Withon 10 minutes, I noticed 50% of the room had sat back in their chair and folded their arms across their chest.
Living in fear of sounding dumb can rob your audience of knowing the real you.
Most of us have a need to be ac...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on March 18, 2021 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
The first time I ever got a laugh from an audience was a fluke. I said something as a ‘side note’ and everyone erupted into laughter. At first I didn’t even know what they were laughing at. I had to take a moment to understand!
I learnt that experiencing humour isn't something that is given or done, it is something that you allow yourself to experience. Speaking to an audience is about letting joy live in the room.
As adults, we often get so caught up in "grown u...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on October 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM||comments (29)|
I recently had a private tutoring session with a confident middle aged man. He has just entered into a career as a life coach. Occasionally he has the opportunity to speak to small groups of people about the service he offers.During these talks he often feels as though he is holding back. When it comes to the point when he speaks about his service he feels himself shrinking and finds it hard to connect. Afterwards he would be left with an empty, hollow feeling. During our first session we dis...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on June 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM||comments (11)|
A healthy female speaker is much like a wild animal. She is aware and alert, absorbed and in contact with her primal senses. She can detect threat and rise into her innate sense of right and wrong. Willing to stand up for what she believes, she moves from a place of all seeing. Infused in her natural authority, she wills without command and exposes without disclosure.
She draws into the issue and enlivens her sense of what is real and unreal, sifting through the distorted a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on April 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (13)|
Your audience is more discerning than they were a year ago. So many things are calling for their attention they have to make judgment calls on the matters they can eliminate. At home they’re using their remote controls to click off DVDs, VCRs, receivers and cable boxes. It just takes them a split second.
What’s to say they won’t click you off, if only in their minds, the minute they lose interest in your meeting or trade-show presentation?
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|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on March 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
I have been speaking in front of audiences for around 20 years or so. Recently I came in contact with Nathalie Brewer and she interviewed me about what it is like to be a blind professional speaker. I realised that never before have I been asked to share my experience of speaking in front of an audience when you are blind. So, I will try the best I can to express the feeling of speaking without sight.
When I did have sight before the age of fifteen or so, I alw...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on January 4, 2012 at 6:15 AM||comments (13)|
Who knows what essence of a written or spoken word is absorbed by the mind and the heart or what imprint these words leave upon our souls. Like tiny pieces of an enormous puzzle called The Song of Life, perhaps its lyrics are scattered, here and there, throughout history—preserved by time and waiting patiently for the perfect moment to join together as one extraordinary, yet very simple, message.
I’ve often wondered what influence our voices have ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on January 4, 2012 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
At a Leadership Presence Training, Elizabeth Bader, Bay Area mediator, author, and mediation trainer, shared with us her radical approach to training professional mediators.
Early in her practice Elizabeth mediated a high-stakes, high-conflict dispute involving many people and many millions of dollars. The case had national, and even international ramifications. At one point her client turned on her when an offer was made that he took to be insulting. He becam...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on January 4, 2012 at 5:50 AM||comments (14)|
Next time you are in the audience of a magnificent speaker, steal a look around you and notice the faces. You might be surprised to see that almost all appear neutral, even somber, rather than in lively rapt attention as you might have assumed.
You see, an authentic speaker puts audience members at ease enough to relax their faces, listen deeply, and process within. As their facades dissolve, the weariness, turmoil, or whatever is under the surface shows throu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on July 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM||comments (15)|
All eyes are on you when you are standing in front of everyone. You COULD think that they are there to judge you. In fact, that is a misconception that will not serve you. The truth is your audience WANTS you to do well! They have dedicated a portion of their day to hear you speak...of course they want you to succeed because if you succeed so do they! Remember…
1. They are there to hear what you have to say. YOU! Not something they could have read online or in a book....Read Full Post »