15 Recommended Great Speeches

 So You Want To Deliver Great Speeches

Great Speeches don’t have to be delivered by great people.  Everyone can deliver great Call-To-Action speeches.  


Thomas Suarez, a 12-year-old, taught himself to build iPhone apps. Suarez started an app club at his school, helping other kids build and share their creations, and also gave a Ted-X Talk, which was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on YouTube. (Text Source: abcnews.go.com)

Qualities of Great Speeches:

  • Well-planned with a clear objective
  • Well-structured with a logical and smooth flow
  • Delivered with clarity and conviction
  • Captivating contents
  • Delivered in simple English
  • Delivered with body language that connects with the audience
  • An appropriate vocal tone that relates to the topic and connects with the audience
  • A voice that brings out the inner feelings and forms emotional connections
  • Ability to relate the contents with things that the audience are familiar with
Great Speeches Don't Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People.
Great Speeches Don’t Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Today, I would like to share 15 speeches that I deemed are great speeches.

#1 – Oprah Winfrey: Golden Globes 2018 Speech

Oprah Gail Winfrey, an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#2 – Alexander Betts: Why Brexit Happened – And What to Do Next?

Alexander Betts, a Social Scientist who explores the ways societies might empower refugees rather than pushing them to the margins. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#3 – Nigel Marsh – How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Nigel Marsh, an Author and Marketer who presents and writes on business and persona life – and how the two interact. He is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired.” (Text Source: Ted.com)

#4 – Joan Halifax: Compassion and The True Meaning of Empathy

Joan Halifax, an Author and Zen Priest who is known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill. She is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#5 – Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

Bill Gates, a Technologist, and Philanthropist who changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#6 – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs, the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#7 – Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson, an Author, and Educator who challenged the way we educate our children, championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#8 – Bill Bernat: How to Connect with Depressed Friends

Bill Bernat, a Mental Health Awareness Advocate. He is a recovering addict living with a bipolar condition who advocates for mental health awareness through speaking, comedy, and storytelling. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#9 – Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin: Tiny Robots With Giant Potential

Paul McEuen, a Physicist whose research explores the nanoscale world. Marc Miskin, an Engineer who works on the design and fabrication of cell-sized robots. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#10 – Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins, is a bestselling Author, Life coach, TV Host. and CNN Commentator. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#11 – Astro Teller: The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure

Astro Teller, an Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Author oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#12 – Tony Fadell: The First Secret of Design is … Noticing

Tony Fadell, a Product Creator, the originator of iPod. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#13 – Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. Her fascinations: genius, creativity, and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#14 -Kate Bowler: “Everything Happens for a Reason” – And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler, A Divinity Professor, and Author who is reexamining her perspective on the “prosperity gospel”: the belief that good things happen to good people. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#15 Jack Ma Speech at Lomonosov Moscow State University

Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, (Text Source: Wikipedia)

In Conclusion

If you want to deliver impactful speeches, you have to believe in what you are delivering. Never undermine every speech that you deliver. Believe it or not, some of which might act as a catalyst for individual and organizational transformation.

Craft your speeches and know what your audience wants from you. Do not deliver a speech for the sake of presenting. Remember that informative speeches educate, whereas emotional speeches lead people to “buy-in” for your ideas.


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Great Communication Skills 101

Part 1

Great Communication Skills 101 

Answers all your questions relating to how you can better communicate with others. This 3-parts article will provide answers to the common questions you have about improving your Communication Skills. So, let’s dive in!

Great Communication Skills 101
Great Interaction Skills will bring you positive and healthy relationships

What are communication skills?

Communication Skills are skills of getting your message across via both verbal and non-verbal ways.

How can I improve these skills?

To improve these skills, you need to review your current verbal and non-verbal behaviors while interacting with others.

“In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.”

Verbal Behaviors are basically “what,” you say, which comprises:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Content

Non-Verbal Behaviors, on the other hand, is “how” do you say it, which comprises:

Voice

    • Pitch
    • Volume
    • Pacing
    • Speech fillers
    • Enunciation
    • Articulation

Visual

    • Body Language
    • Eye Contact
    • Hand Gestures
    • Attire
    • Overall Image
  •  

Hence, to improve these skills, you need to tackle every part of the above behaviors.

To Improve Your Skills, We Need To Review Your Current Verbal And Non-Verbal Behaviors.
To improve your interaction skills, you need to review your verbal and non-verbal behaviors.

Why is it important to have good communication skills?

Your communication skills affect how you relate to others. It will also project an image on you. You want others to associate you with depending on what and how your message is being sent, even down to the clothes you wear. Hence, having good interaction skills is crucial at both professional and personal levels.

What are five great ways to improve your communication skills?

    • Study how people conduct great speeches.
    • Identify people around you that communicate well and study how they do it.
    • Practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror.  How you see yourself is how others see you.
    • Listen to podcasts or audiobooks and learn the correct pronunciation from good speakers.
    • Record your speeches and playback to review. Set your goals and standards. Repeat the process until you are happy with your performance.

How do these skills help you in the workplace?

People with good interaction skills will have a better chance of being promoted or hired, especially for those who work in Multi-National Companies, when you need to communicate with people of all regions.

How important are these skills in the corporate world?

In the corporate environment, people come from all walks of life. Miscommunication happens when communicators conclude statements based on assumptions. 

When people from different cultures and languages come together, working in the same environment means that you have to buckle up your interaction skills to avoid miscommunication and achieve the best outcomes.

In Conclusion

Communication Skills, being one of the most important interpersonal skills globally, has their own attributes of attraction if you can fully understand and the ability to apply them. It is not just passing messages across. It encompasses a deeper notion that will bring people closer together and enhance healthy and positive relationships.

In my next blog, I will cover Part 2 of our 3-parts article on Great Communication Skills 101.


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Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!

Learning to Sing with Tone-Deaf

I am Tone-Deaf. Can I still sing?

In my journey as a voice coach, I often came across tone-deaf students. The clinical term for Tone Deaf is Amusia.

Symptoms of receptive Amusia sometimes referred to as “musical deafness” or “tone-deafness,” include the inability to recognize familiar melodies, the loss of ability to read musical notation, and the inability to detect wrong or out-of-tune notes.”  Source: Wikipedia

All the above all sound too technical. Let me simplify it.

For a person to be tone-deaf, there are 2 possibilities:

  • Genetic 
  • Accidental brain damage at birth (might be due to insufficient oxygen going to the brain at birth) 

What does the above tell us?

It tells us that if your case does not belong to the above 2 possibilities, you might just be having an insensitive in musical memory.

This means, unless your tone-deaf is related to the above clinical condition, you can be pitch-perfect too. 

I am going to share with you how you can achieve that.

Case Story

My mum loves to sing. 

But she was tone-deaf. I recalled, when I was younger, she asked me to teach her a song. I tried. 

But I gave up, and I was convinced that she would be tone-deaf forever. So, I stop coaching her altogether.  

A few years later, she enrolled herself in a group singing class and kept singing since. She knew she had a tone-deaf problem, but it is non-clinical.

She was determined to perfect her pitch.

This was what she did

She sang day and night. She sang while she was doing her chores, she sang while she was cooking, she even sang while she is watching TV stations, well, more like humming the tune.

She would sing and record and playback and listen.

She would repeat this like a loop.

And after many years of perseverance (10 years maybe?), she is now 80% pitch-perfect.

Amazing!

For those who are “suffering” from tone-deaf, you might want to do what my mum did.

I Am Tone-Deaf. Can I Still Sing?
I Am Tone-Deaf, Can I Still Sing?

Here is how you should do.

The first thing you should do is sing, record, playback, and listen.

Most of my tone-deaf students are not able to listen to their own pitch while singing.

They are unable to differentiate between a wrong pitch and a correct pitch.

But, they can tell if others are singing out of tune!

Hence, by doing, record, playback, and listen to your own rendition, you will be able to hear the pitch that you execute. 

The second thing you should start doing is, use a keyboard (download a virtual keyboard if you don’t have one).  

Here are the steps to follow:

Start with one note at a time, Record and playback each time.

Step 1: Play a note

Step 2: Let your brain process the note internally.

Step 3: Executive the note

Next, play other notes, and repeat Step 2 and 3

Next, play 2 notes, and repeat Ste 2 and 3

Next, play another 2 notes, try using jumping notes, for example, C and E or E and G, and repeat Step 2 and 3

Try doing this every day – record and playback.

This exercise aims to train your mind to be more sensitive to tones and thus strengthen your musical memory.

In Conclusion

Don’t feel despair when your friends tell you that you sing “out-of-tune. All you need is a good voice coach who will guide you through step-by-step, note-by-note, to achieve the right pitch.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more voice techniques used in speaking and singing.  


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How to Manage Panic Attacks in Presentations

Managing panic attacks in presentations instead of letting your fear take control over you.

In today’s blog, we will be discovering ways to manage this inner devil.

Amy looked through her notes for the final time before the event started. “It all seems good. I should not fine.”. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am Amy from ABC Company. And it is my pleasure to be your host for this afternoon.”… then a long silence….. Amy started to perspire, and her intestine started to twist, and she felt like vomiting.”

Yes, Amy just suffered a panic attack.  

“I thought I am well-prepared. But why am I still having a panic attack”.

Believe most of us who have attempted to speak at events had such an experience. Are we alone? Absolutely not! Even Hollywood and pop celebrities, which perform numerous times, have experienced it.  

Source: Psych Hub Education

What causes this anxiety and panic attack during speeches, and how can we help ourselves eliminate such incidences from happening?

According to an article written by Medical News Today:

“Panic attacks usually occur without a trigger. Anxiety is a response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks appear suddenly, while anxiety symptoms become gradually more intense over minutes, hours, or days. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes, while anxiety symptoms can prevail for long periods.”

For a person with panic disorder, anxiety may trigger a panic attack. Since anxiety can lead to a panic attack, why not we tackle anxiety as a priority.

Panic Attacks — A Vicious Cycle

An anxiety attack can be a vicious cycle if we do not reverse the cycle. Below is a simple illustration of a vicious negative thought process:

Panic Attacks In Presentations
Panic Attack – A Vicious Cycle

Source: The Vicious Circle Thought Form

Under the Principle of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when a situation triggers a negative thought, it will cause our body to react negatively, both emotionally and physically:

Negative Emotions Reactions

  • Fear, dread, panic
  • Frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness

Negative Physical Reactions

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating blushing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Trembling voice

The two reactions will then lead to behavior to act negatively.  

Methods To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

One key method to eliminate fear and negative thoughts is “self-talk.” Practice positive self-talk to nourish our negative brain. The more you feed your brain with “good thoughts,” it will gain health over time. Here is some “self-talk” that you can use, particularly in public speaking:

  • “It is going to be OK. I have rehearsed many times.”
  • “It is alright to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.”
  • “I will do what I can do best. The rest is secondary.”
  • “I will use this opportunity to gain experience.”
  • “I will do better each time.”
  • “If the boss sees me doing this, he might give me a promotion.” (self-motivation)
  • “I will treat them like kids, no threat at all.”
  • “I’m given this task because the boss knows that I can do it.”
  • “It is OK. The more I practice, the better for me.”
  • “I will stand out among my peers after this presentation.”

In Conclusion

Delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you fear public speaking, keep your mindset positive. Acknowledge your fear and manage it. Transform the negative energy into a winning attitude.

In my next blog, I will talk about how we can prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected. Stay tuned!


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Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks – Expect The Unexpected

Presenters’ Hacks Revealed!

Many times, when we look at speakers on the stage, have you ever think in your mind, wow! They are so good.  They are so confident, so well-prepared and so charismatic. What presenters’ hacks do they have?

Today, I am going to share with you:

Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks

1.     Forget What to Say.  Most new trainers experience butterflies in the stomach when they come to their first few presentations.  Because of that, they tend to speed up their presentation so that they can close the file and move away.

Our thoughts run faster than we speak.  As a result, points got missed out.  And when this happens, new presenters will have a gust of panic and lose it all.  So, don’t panic if you missed the point.  Your audience is not going to know at all.

Just maintain your calm and proceed to the next point.  You can always come back to the point later by saying: “Oh yes, there is an important point that I have missed out earlier, let me bring you back to the slides.”

2.     Looking Nervous.  As a seasoned presenter, feeling nervous on each gig is inevitable, especially you are in a new environment with a group audience with unknown demographics.  When this happens, your mind will start to build the worst scenario that you can think of, such as, “oh dear, so many people looking at me, what if I made mistakes…” or “Will they like the stuff that I present, what if they don’t?” etc.  Feeling nervous is normal due to the hormones cortisol and adrenaline.   Next time, if this happens, transform nervous to energy as if you are on a battlefield.

It is either lives or die.  You might as well give a good fight and live.

3.     Speaking Too FastSpeaking too fast and rambling can be a post-effect of nervousness—your speech speed tally with your heartbeat.  When your heart beats fast, your speech will go fast.  And when you start to ramble, you start to confuse the audience.  So, next time, when you are speaking too fast, slow down your breathing.  This will slow down your heartbeat and thus slowing down your speech.

4.     Audience Playing with Mobile Phones.  Presenters have to keep their eyes on their audience constantly.  Observe their body language.  Most of the time, the body movement and hand gestures send you a message.  Playing and meddling with the mobile phone is contagious.

Presenters' Hacks
No Need To Feel Embarrassed About The Unexpected

If you start seeing some audience to that, you need to interject your presentation with some creative games or exercises or get them to talk about their experience.  Audiences are more receptive to stories.  So, start gathering stories that you can use to combat the audience’s boredom. 

5      Unable to Answer Questions.  When being prob questions that you can’t answer, feeling incompetence is the least thing that should happen.  Although you are not able to answer them now, you can always answer them later by saying: “thank you very much for the great questions.  It is definitely a good source for me to research on.  Let me work on the details, and I will get back to you ____ (give a time frame that you are comfortable with)

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal.

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5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons

Social Gatherings and Communication Skills

With festive seasons round the corner, many feel obligated to attend social gatherings.

There might be a chance that you will meet new people, who might be your potential business associates or customers.

However, social gatherings involve a lot of communication skills.

From the way you communicate verbally to your body language and hand gestures. It takes practice and applications to perfect it.

In today’s blog, I will provide some communication tips to ensure that you present yourself positively and establish a good impression at social events.

Your Mindset

5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Reframing is not about self-deceiving. It is about jumping out from the old frame and re-picture yourself in the new frame for a brand-new perspective.

Be careful of what your mind tells you. Ironically, our minds are brilliant in sending us a negative message. Keep a positive and open mind when being invited to social events. 

 If you are getting negative messages from your mind, try reframing the message. Here is an example:

Negative Message from Your Mind: 

“What again? I don’t even know the people there. It is a waste of my time.”

Try Re-Framing the Statement:

“What again? Well, since I am invited, I will see what business or career opportunity that will bring.”

Your Objective

Once you have established an open mindset, the next step is to set your goals.

Since you will be spending some time at the event, do a quick research on who will be there and the occasion. If you can visualize your goals, it will render the event some importance.  

Your Preparation

After you have identified your goals, prepare yourself for the event:

  • Whom do you want to approach?
  • How will this person help you with your goal?
  • When is the best time to arrive?
  • When is the best time to leave?
  • What do you need to bring along, e.g., business cards?
  • What attire should you wear?
  • How should you start your conversation?
5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Body Language – A non-verbal communication skill

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Observe your non-verbal cues:

  • Your eye contact
  • Your facial expression
  • Your body language
  • Your hand gestures
  • Your visual look 

Do keep in mind that our mind controls our body movements.  Often, when we are impatient, our body language and facial expression will show.

Ensure you keep a positive mindset to avoid unnatural or harmful non-verbal cues from ruining your professional image. 

Communication Skills
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People.

The Duration

Know how long will the event last helps you to plan your meeting agenda. Determine how long you intend to stay and make full use of the duration to attain your goals.

When you want to leave the venue, make sure you let the host know that you are going. If the host insists that you stay longer, know what excuse you need to give. 

My favorite excuse is:

“I would very much like to stay, but my dog hasn’t had his dinner yet, and I need to be back for his feed.”.  

In Conclusion

Our business and career depend a lot on social connections. 

Although not all events you attend will meet your expectations and goals, getting to know more people is always an advantage.  

Make sure you rehearse your communication skills in front of the mirror before the event. How you see yourself in the mirror is how others will be seeing you.

Prepare a short elevator pitch of about 30 seconds. Practice saying it by recording it and review by playing back.


In my next blog, I will talk about how you can initiate a conversation at social events. Till then, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! 


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