Mar 03

Have you ever watched YouTube videos with the sound off, for the comic effect of watching the jerky movements and meaningless hand gestures of the presenter? Have you considered how you look to your audience when presenting on stage, or to camera? Would it help to see a master presentation, which artfully demonstrates temporal and stage anchoring in a small space?

In this YouTube video, Advanced Presenter Dr Harley Farmer discusses the first chapter in his new book, ‘What is eczema? How to end the misery quickly’.

After you have graded his presentation performance, consider how his skillful use of past and future, unwanted and desired outcome, make his message much more understandable and persuasive.

Furthermore, if you suffer from eczema, or know someone who does, please check out the rest of Dr Harley Farmer’s video series on YouTube; it will make you think twice about what you thought you knew about Eczema!
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Oct 08

Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure is back on TED, this time telling us why architects need to use their ears.

According to Julian, due to poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say, and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. This is a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Julian Treasure is the chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises worldwide businesses including offices, retailers, hotels on how to use sound.

Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears

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Aug 23

The TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) blog has posted the list of the 20 most-watched TED Talks to date. Sir Ken Robinson talk from 2006 called Schools Kill Creativity is still at the top of the list, with a staggering 13,409,417 views.

TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate ideas worth sharing. The top ten by total number of views is:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson Schools Kill Creativity (2006)
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor Stroke of Insight (2008)
  3. Pranav Mistry The thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009)
  4. David Gallo‘s Underwater Astonishments (2007)
  5. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry SixthSense (2009)
  6. Tony Robbins Why we do what we do (2006)
  7. Simon Sinek How great leaders inspire action (2010)
  8. Steve Jobs How to live before you die (2005)
  9. Hans Rosling The best stats you’ve ever seen (2006)
  10. Brene Brown The power of Vulnerability (2010)

Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure is still some way outside the top 20 most watched on TED, but in case you want to help him catch up a bit, check out:

We recommend them all!

To view the full list see The 20 most-watched TED Talks to date

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Dec 30

Those of you who know Bruce Thompson well, will know that he lost his songwriting partner and best friend Trevor Carter on 30 January 2011. As a fitting tribute, Bruce is now helping to organize a Trevor Carter Memorial Gig in Bristol, showcasing local bands who performed with Trevor.

If you would be interested in contributing to the Trevor Carter Memorial Gig as a performer or crew, or just want to go along and watch what is sure to be a first class evening of entertainment, please let them know as soon as possible via contact form on the website below. Please note that all proceeds of this event will be donated to the charity CRY, as determined by Conny and Trevor’s family, and Bruce and the rest of the crew will be donating their time for free.

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Aug 03

If you think of the three tags of Advanced Presenter, Sound, and TED in one sentence, then you are probably talking about Julian Treasure of The Sound Agency. In his latest talk at TED Global 2011, he tells about the skill of conscious listening and gives us five ways to re-tune our ears for listening both to other people and the world around you.

Julian is an entertaining and confident presenter with a commanding stage presence. For anyone needing to give a talk to an audience of any size, you can improve your delivery just by emulating his sparse use of visual aids, effective use of tonality and grounded body position. See the measured use of hand gestures to emphasize a point. Listen to his well paced delivery, even in the confined space of a TED talk. From the welcoming open body posture at the beginning of the presentation to the relaxed stance for the well deserved applause at the end, Julian is grounded.

To watch an advanced presenter give a great talk about a subject from which we can all benefit, visit Julian Treasure And Five Ways To Listen Better

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Jan 03

Do you like to talk to people so much you could do it all day? Do you think you could entertain an audience and get paid for it? Have you ever thought of making a business out of public speaking, but were unsure how to start?

We often get asked about how to get started in the speaking business, and what tips could we give someone setting out to make a living out of talking publicly. Oddly enough, our top tips are not about speaking, but about the practicalities of business, and will work equally well for any business:

  • Practice your elevator pitch
  • Purchase professional quality business cards
  • Push yourself to network with people

Practice your elevator pitch
Imagine the scenario; you get into the elevator to ride to the top floor and someone nips in behind you, just as the door closes behind him. He presses the button for the top floor, where you are going and you notice that it is Sir Richard Branson! Do you stare down at your shoes and wonder if you can think of something witty to say before the lift stops, or do you smile at him and say “Good Morning Sir Richard, I am a great admirer of you work…” followed by twenty words which leave him asking for your business card?

You should practice your pitch until you can say it confidently out loud in any company, by any medium; in person, by phone, by Skype or FaceTime. You can practice by using it every time you meet someone new. If it starts to sound stale or insincere then you modify and refine it until it always sounds exciting and fresh. That way when you do run into Sir Richard you will know what to say.

Purchase professional quality business cards
This one should be a no-brainer after the last scenario. Make sure you can give Sir Richard a business card which is clear and of sufficient quality to be treasured, without looking too flashy or extravagant. If your business is based on speaking about a specialist subject, make sure the subject is on the card! Obvious, realy, but how many people have returned from a networking event with a pack of business cards some of which you can not remember what the person did? Make sure that you card is noticeable and acts as an aid to memory.

Push yourself to network with people

Getting out to networking events is a great way to boost any business, particularly when it is getting started. However, it is really easy to find something more important to do that day, and life will always find a way to get in the way if you let it. Set yourself a target of one meeting a fortnight, and once you can manage that, make it one a week, and then two. Once you have established the pattern it becomes easy to sustain, and will give you ample opportunity to practice your presentation style.

If you want to improve your public speaking, then the best way to do it is to practice, practice, PRACTICE! What better place to practice than talking to people, and gauging their reactions. You will be offered instant feedback and will improve every time you speak. If you get the chance to address the whole group, then grab it! If one of the speakers does not turn up, then offer to stand in with your party piece. The organiser may not take you up on you offer this time, but they will remember you for another day.

There are a few practical Dos and Don’ts which will help your speaking style

  • Do be yourself, you are supremely qualified for the position
  • Do pause occasionally, for breath, reaction and dramatic effect
  • Do listen to your audience, and engage with their points of view; only then will they relate to yours

On the other hand

  • Don’t learn your speeches to perfection, or they will always sound rehearsed and insincere
  • Don’t practice to a camera unless you are planning to record your work for commercial reasons
  • Don’t practice in front of a mirror, unless you think that mirrors are likely to be your best audience!

So practice your pitch until it is automatic and natural, and have a good quality business card ready to give out when the right moment arrives. Push yourself to get out to networking events and practice by speaking at every opportunity

Finally, remember the old adage “If you do not run yourself like a business, you will run yourself out of business’

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Nov 01

Julian Treasure, chair of the Sound Agency, is back on TED with a new talk entitled Sound health in 8 steps. In it he says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health and even costing lives.

Those of you who know Julian will know that he studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

Click here to watch Julian on Sound health in 8 steps.

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Aug 04

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening?

Here’s Advanced Presenter Julian Treasure to help. In this useful TED talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking, from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

To watch presenter Julian give a great talk about a subject from which we can all benefit, visit Julian Treasure How to speak so that people want to listen

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