01 December 2015
They’re clapping for you! Feel the love
In my powerful speaking programs, something happens every single time that causes me to raise my voice and say, “No, no, no!” And then, “Go back and do it again!” It’s this: After delivering a brilliant talk, directly and powerfully straight from the heart, that leaves audience members marvelling and longing to clap loudly to show their appreciation, each woman walks away. I’m calling this for the big pile of poo it is. You diminish your power and presence when you do that. Stop.
24 November 2015
The art of staying connected and powerful
Staying connected is what grounds you when you speak, especially when you find yourself in a confronting situation – on a stage, or in a conversation in which you’re speaking about something that truly matters. Staying connected is what stops you from buying in to other people’s ideas, beliefs, reactions, or distractions. Ultimately, staying connected is what allows you to do life your way, aligned with your truth. Then, when you stand up to speak, it’s what informs every word you say – or don’t say – and the way you say it. Staying connected is what stops you from buying in to other people’s ideas, beliefs, reactions, or distractions.
17 November 2015
How to shift from ‘not enough’ to owning it
The most powerful speakers care deeply and want to make a difference. The most powerful speakers know themselves exceptionally well. The most powerful speakers intuitively know how to read a room and own it. To shift from not enough to owning it, you have to flip outdated concepts of power on their head.
05 November 2015
Stilettos and ugg boots: what it takes to speak powerfully
Every story of powerlessness and every insecurity you’ve ever known will get up next to you to clutch your hand every single time you stand up to speak. Before you craft a talk, let alone share it out loud, you need to start with your stories. Public speaking will become so much easier. And you’ll be far more powerful, perhaps even commanding the stage like a rock star.
01 September 2015
We want to matter. Turn towards us
Did you know, according to scientific research, that couples need to “turn towards” each other at least 87 per cent of the time for their relationship to happily continue – and last? That research was conducted by the famous Gottman Institute, and a recent article about “turning towards” sparked my thinking about all sorts of things, not least of which…
17 August 2015
How to share your message (and wisdom!) to make a difference
Depending on where you choose to place your attention, it’s highly likely you’re consuming too much junk food (and I don’t mean via the drive thru of your local Maccas). We’re fed a stodgy diet of fear-filled messages amidst rants and raves in the daily news and on social media. Messages that scream life is getting harder. We’re not safe.…
04 August 2015
Can’t be bothered? This changes everything
Big fat confession: for the past two weeks I haven’t felt very motivated. That’s unusual for me. And what’s even more unusual is that I let myself be that way, instead of trying to force myself to be different, get on with it, get over myself, and make something happen quick smart! I did the bare minimum of work (couldn’t…
13 July 2015
For the renegades, the dreamers, the crazy ones… let’s change the world
My girl went to a birthday party at the weekend. It had an ice cream theme, and there were games - pin the cherry on the ice cream - and an ice cream-shaped piñata, and, of course, plenty of ice cream to eat, with just about everything except cherries to put on top. There was also a photo booth. The…
06 July 2015
How to have a powerful presence
Let’s set something straight. Being confident, which is often seen as the holy grail of having a powerful presence, is over-rated. Yes, I really did say that. Everyone wants to appear confident. Yet, confidence takes so many different forms. Whenever people tell me they want to be perceived as confident, and I ask them what sort of behaviours they need…
01 July 2015
How to make the biggest difference
I want to know, how might your life be different if: You felt so inspired by your mission that you could easily inspire others to get on board and wholeheartedly commit? You were so comfortable in your own skin that you could show up authentically - at work, everywhere - and pave a path for others to do the same?…
22 June 2015
Survey says: we need you to be inspiring
I conducted a little survey. At the risk of you not taking me seriously from this moment forward, I asked – on social media! - one simple question: What inspires you? If I am at the risk of losing you here, let me say this: the results of my little survey are echoed in, and affirmed by, huge studies* right…
15 June 2015
Public speaking confidence: lessons from a kid who gets it
My daughter loves singing.
This year she joined the Australian Girls Choir. She was asked to audition for a solo in the Winter Showcase Concert, and was awarded a part. At the weekend, in front of more than 800 people, she stood out the front, microphone in hand, and sang her heart out.
09 June 2015
Nurturing leadership: how do you do it?
If you’re a woman who’s up for climbing the corporate ladder, you likely know that, if you want to lead, you should stop being the one who makes the coffee for others at work, tidies up the trays of stale sandwiches, and is too helpful. If you’re a man who’s up for climbing the corporate ladder, it might be that…
02 June 2015
Want to stay inspired (so you can be inspiring)? You’ll need to check out
Here’s a quote that’s often used in discussions about how to get inspired: "Inspiration actually emerges from the soil of action: perspiration is just the water that nourishes it" ~ August Turak I’m fascinated by what it takes to get inspired, and be inspiring. Because if you’re not inspired, you can’t inspire others. And if you can’t inspire others, you…
19 May 2015
Trailblazer? We need you. How to stay on your path
Ever been accused of being idealistic? Rebellious? A renegade? Or wrong, mad, even crazy? I’m fortunate to work with all sorts of leaders who are pushing boundaries and offering new paths for the rest of us to walk that just might make our lives better in all sorts of ways. At times I work intensively for up to two days…