Welcome back and I hope 2019 is going well for you so far.
Revisiting the basics of your chosen career is a useful thing to do every so often. In this week’s newsletter, Oscar Santolalla takes us back to what is possibly the most basic element in all our work: the language we speak in. Originally from Peru, Oscar had to work hard on his English language skills in order to become the accomplished public speaker that he is today. His story reminds me of what a comparatively easy time we native English speakers have in the public speaking world.
Patricia Fripp, meanwhile, reminds us of an issue that is fundamental in public speaking: is your message clear?
Richard

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In this week’s podcast, Richard’s guest is Oscar Santolalla.
Oscar has been working in the tech sector for over 10 years. He also hosts his own public speaking podcast, ‘Time to Shine’, and is author of the book Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo. Years of experience have taught him simple is always better.
Listen to the full conversation.

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How to speak so that people want to listen
Julian Treasure

Julian, author of the book How to be heard, shares his magic formula for a good speech. His formula helps you make people want to listen to you by directing your focus towards your audience:

  • Honesty: be clear and straight.
  • Authenticity: be yourself.
  • Integrity: be your word.
  • Love: wish them well.

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What is your biggest challenge as an event speaker? This newsletter is for you. I want it to resonate with you. So go ahead, hit reply, and tell me what you want to read about. Or email me at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig. I’ll address the most pressing issues in each edition.

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Make your presentation a success–is your message clear?
Patricia Fripp

“In your speech, is your message clear? Your message and your purpose may not be the same thing. For example, your purpose may be to increase profits, but your message is to inspire support for a new, more efficient way of running a department or for delivering great service. Your audience may or may not need to hear about your purpose, but they must hear and be clear about your message.” Read more.

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A favor…

Can I ask you for a favor? If you enjoy this newsletter and find it useful, please consider recommending it to a friend who is learning to give technical talks, or who aspires to do so. I meet so many cool programmers who have brilliant things to share with the world—that’s you!
Please help me to improve this newsletter. I’d love to hear your suggestions! You can email me directly at richard@voxgig.com. You can tweet too: @voxgig. Thank you so much for reading!
A special thanks and shout out to newsletter curator Cora for helping to make this newsletter even better!
– Richard
@rjrodger

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