The SpeechDIY Files: Creating a Breakthrough Course.

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 [...]

A big idea for leveraging your speech with online education

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.

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?

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.

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 [...]

More Ultimate Speech(es) at TEDxRoyalRoadsU

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

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

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 [...]

Deconstructing Ron Popeil’s Boardwalk Sales Pitch

In one of my recent blog posts, a person commandeered the comments section to pitch his product. Pitching this way usually comes across as ham-fisted and cheap. I can't imagine it's terribly productive - in fact, it annoys both the writer and other people commenting on the story. My policy in these situations is never [...]

SpeechDIY Beta Test Successful at TEDx

On Saturday, July 29th, Royal Roads University hosted its inaugural TEDx conference. Twelve speakers took to the stage - and crushed it. I'm proud to say those twelve prepared using a beta version of SpeechDIY, a product that will be launched by Your Ultimate Speech in September. Here's how it works. Learn. Do. Share. SpeechDIY [...]