Creating Simple Social – My Latest Speech

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 [...]

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 [...]

Speaking of Horror: Brilliant Horror Speeches for Halloween.

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

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 [...]

Crafting a back to school speech with P.U.N.C.H.

It seems to me the beginning of the school year would be a natural occasion for an inspiring back to school speech from a principal or administrator. Certainly, there are plenty of great Commencement speeches out there.  But those are given as students are on their way out. If one wanted to inspire excellence and [...]

What You Lookin’ At? Or, How to Craft Presentation Slides for a Great Speech.

SpeechDIY Part VIII: Crafting Your Presentation Slides. (Note: This post, the seven that preceded it, and the last to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we created for executive speakers. You might want to subscribe to this blog series to avoid missing any of the lessons.) In our previous post, we talked about creating slides for your speech [...]

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 [...]

Turn your speech into a captivating visual journey.

SpeechDIY Part V: Visualize your message In our previous post we talked about how to add personal, unexpected, novel, challenging and humorous (P.U.N.C.H.) elements  to your speech structure. (Just FYI, this post, the four that preceded it, and the five to follow, mirror the SpeechDIY course we created for executive speakers. You might want to subscribe to this blog [...]