How To Nail Panels: The Kevin Hart Approach

Here are some tips to crush your next panel and avoid boring the pants off innocent people


Let’s do a panel they say…won’t that be fun. The majority of the time it won’t. Panels are usually emotionally traumatising for everyone involved, unless you have comedians involved or a speaker using their techniques. As a conference organiser I hate panels, as an attendee I hate panels, but as a speaker I love panels. […]

Better Book Talks

21 tips for authors to rock your next book talk


Books talks can be fantastic or an emotionally traumatising experience for writers. You however control more of the elements than you think and a few changes can make a huge difference. Since I wrote my wee book I have done way too may events, especially in light of the fact I hate public speaking. Ironic […]

Eat Pray List…Laugh

How you can have tons of funny content


Your at an fancy event and and the host scans the room before a questioning gaze lands on you. Finger pointing expectantly in your direction she utters the words, “you…tell me a funny story.” All eyes focus on you as your mind races but finds nothing. Nothing comes.No story. No funny. No words. In medieval […]

Rubbish Content Delivered Beautifully Is Still Rubbish

Here are 15 tips to stay out of the trash can and deliver great content every time you present


If you take the stage confidently, move your arms around enthusiastically, make eye contact with everyone, smile, maintain and open and welcoming posture, power pose and walk off again without saying a single word you will freak people out and never get asked back to speak again. However if you say what you want to […]

Why TED Talks Continue to Dazzle While Corporate Presentations Continue to Bore.

Here are 19 (mildly entertaining) signs you're being led astray


TED has raised the bar for business talks to never before witnessed levels of information, enlightenment and entertainment. Many of their most popular talks are actually funnier than the funniest movies of all time. Stakes for giving a TED talk have never been higher. These days Murphy’s law of what can go wrong will go […]

19 Things Great Speakers Do (With Hilarious Video Examples)

Great speakers have certain habits that you can often quickly replicate. (Note: All clips have been cut to just show the example)


Next month I’ll be leading a workshop on becoming a better and more engaging public speaker at the fantastic Conference in Paris. The man behind it Loic Le Meur (a great speaker himself) asked me to sum up what I feel makes a great speaker. There are certain techniques that I see over and […]

Comedy Techniques From The Best TED Talks

Every one of the top 10 TED talks gets laughs using techniques that you can replicate. Let’s take a look at a few

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There’s a good chance you don’t want to be a comedian. It’s pretty scary. I can tell you that first hand from a year plus doing it in researching my book. More likely is that you would like to do a TED talk , a TED style talk or maybe you have already done one […]

Presidential Funny That You Can Replicate

If the president is using humor then you certainly can too! Here's how to do it


If you are still on the fence about using humor in your talks take some reassurance from President Obama crushing it again on stage at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It even got a write up in Rolling Stone. The BBC went as far to documents 8 of his best jokes over the last 8 […]

Another Hilarious TED Talk With Lots of LOL’s

The good news for you if you're an aspiring funny speaker is that many of the laughs generated in these talks come from the use of funny images

Tim Urban Talk Numbers

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but like many of us he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. This year he stole the show at the TED mainstage event in Vancouver and delivered a talk that even TED themselves describe as hilarious. […]

1 Trick to Finish Your Next Talk in Style

All too often presentations end in a way that's not good for you as a speaker. Use this one trick to go out in style and make your message instantly more memorable.

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You finish your talk and the presenter takes back the microphone. “Any questions for the speaker?” Awkward silence . . . “Anyone at all? Oh, you, sir, with your hand raised,” the host says with a newfound blast of enthusiasm akin to a fisherman who has just hooked a big fish. “I just yawned.” “Oh, […]