I have become a more effective writer thanks to journalist Don Fry who puts writers into two categories: plungers and planners.
Plungers are those that start writing before they know what they write.
Planners start writing only when they know what to write.
What are you? read more…
In public speaking we always say that your speech needs something sticky, something that people will easily remember, something to hang on to when the speech is over.
But how to be sticky? read more…
My friend Didier Dehem is a physicist.
He pointed me to the wonderful lectures of Walter Lewin, Physics Professor at MIT.
Look at this excerpt: read more…
As member and President of the Brussels Toastmasters Club, I am immensely proud that one of our’s has qualified for the World Championship of Public Speaking:
Tomorrow, 18 August, we will watch Daniel compete in his semi-final in Washington DC. He won many contests to get there. He has worked hard to get there. But what impresses me most is how he got there: by keeping his conversational style.
This style is evident in his interview on Bruzz TV: read more…
Do you think good presenters are born?
If there is one thing I’ve learned, both as a ‘Toastmaster’ and in training presentation skills, it’s this:
we can all become good speakers and presenters.
And introverts particularly so!
I used to think of good presenters as outgoing personalities but not all good presenters are like that. In fact, audiences love to listen to people who are usually more quiet.
I think there are many reasons for this. Here are three that I can make out: read more…
You may know that I compete in speech contests.
I’ve been doing it since two years and a half and this I learned so far:
the first version of my speech is never the best.
If a speech does well, it’s because I change it along the way.
The process can be painful and I had a particularly painful experience when I recently tested a speech on my friends and mentors Tom Aerden and Daniel Mouqué.
They liked my speech. That was the good news.
The bad news? They only liked half of it. read more…