The SpeechDIY Files: Creating a Breakthrough Course.

By | January 9th, 2018|business, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, speech writing, SpeechDIY, Uncategorized|

I created SpeechDIY because I wanted to enable people - all people - to give brilliant presentations. It was conceived as a ten-lesson course, a format honed in live lectures with dozens of clients...including a full roster of TEDx speakers. Every time, SpeechDIY delivered. So far, so good. So now, the problem. With the intention [...]

Creating Simple Social – My Latest Speech

By | December 26th, 2017|presentation skills, public speaking, speech, Ultimate Speech, Uncategorized|

I recently did a keynote speech for Social Media Camp on how to craft simple, effective social media. Then came the conundrum: do I run it as a marketing blog at, or run it here as a sample presentation? I flipped a coin, and 'presentation' won. I hope you enjoy the talk - it [...]

A big idea for leveraging your speech with online education

By | December 24th, 2017|business, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, Uncategorized|

I'm currently putting the finishing touches on my SpeechDIY course, using a brilliant online education platform called ConveYour (and no, I'm not getting kickbacks for this - I searched a long time before I found a tool that did what I wanted). In the course of creating the course, I got to know Isaac Tolpin, [...]

Crafting a Killer Presentation: The Documentary.

By | December 12th, 2017|business, presentation skills, public speaking, Slideshow, speech, speech writing, SpeechDIY, Uncategorized|

A short while ago, I had the opportunity to coach a group of CEO's who wanted to craft TED-calibre presentations. As an added bonus, we got to host our two day coaching workshop at a wonderful fishing resort on the rugged coast of BC. I decided to record the proceedings, and turn the whole adventure [...]

Will Your Speech Change The World If Nobody Remembers It?

By | November 28th, 2017|business, pitching, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, speech writing, Ultimate Speech, Uncategorized|

Surprising to most public speakers is the fact that few people will remember a word they said. Your delivery can be scintillating. Your thoughts can be brilliant. But don't expect anyone to chat about your talk the day after. Or even an hour after. The simple truth is, humans aren't wired to remember things that [...]

Soul in the Age of Rage: Crafting a Great TEDx Speech with Rob Abbott.

By | November 14th, 2017|business, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, SpeechDIY, TEDx, Ultimate Speech, Uncategorized|

This summer, I had the opportunity to beta test a new Ultimate Speech product with presenters taking the stage at TEDxRoyalRoadsU. The product was SpeechDIY - a tool that enabled speakers to craft high-calibre presentations methodically, without the usual stress and angst. I'm happy to report SpeechDIY worked beautifully, and all 12 TEDx speakers put [...]

Speaking of Horror: Brilliant Horror Speeches for Halloween.

By | October 31st, 2017|presentation skills, public speaking, speech, speech writing, Ultimate Speech|

There's nothing like a scary movie for great monologues, especially around Halloween. I still remember Vincent Price's 'I was commanding legions' speech as Dracula. It lasered itself into my brain, even though I was hiding under a blanket on my parents' sofa at the time. Sadly, I couldn't find that speech anywhere - all I [...]

More Ultimate Speech(es) at TEDxRoyalRoadsU

By | October 24th, 2017|business, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, speech writing, TEDx, Ultimate Speech, Uncategorized|

In my previous blog, I showcased three of the terrific speakers who presented at the recent TEDxRoyalRoadsU. I also gave readers a glimpse into the back story of each speaker's journey to the podium. But those three ovation-worthy performances were just the tip of the iceberg. Today, I wanted to showcase two more performances, and [...]

Your Ultimate Speech(es) at TEDx Royal Roads U

By | October 10th, 2017|business, mission-driven company, presentation skills, public speaking, speech, speech writing, teachers, TEDx, Ultimate Speech, Uncategorized|

If you follow this blog, you'll know that I recently coached an entire cohort of TEDx speakers appearing at the inaugural TEDx Royal Roads U. Normally, taking on that many speakers would be next to impossible. I did it with the help of SpeechDIY,  a virtual course Your Ultimate Speech is launching to the world [...]

SmartSweets: The Compelling Case of the Gummy Bear Pitch

By | September 26th, 2017|business, investment pitching, investment storytelling, mission-driven company, pitching, Ultimate Pitch, Uncategorized|

On Thursday, September 28th, my client Tara Bosch goes on the season premiere of Dragon's Den to pitch her company SmartSweets. SmartSweets is already a remarkable success story. And they have a great pitch (full disclosure - I was part of the team that crafted it), with thoughts in their deck that every startup could [...]


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