Multicultural People Should Not Fear Public Speaking

In my work as a public speaking trainer and coach, I work a lot with multicultural people. For many of these people, English often is their second language and one of the questions or concerns that get raised all the time is “Peter, I hate public speaking. I can’t do public speaking because I have an accent, people can’t understand …

Is Your Core Message Clear? By Peter Dhu

Clarity of message is very important in public speaking and presentations. As a speaker, your goal when you come on stage is to relay your core message to the audience. Your primary purpose is to deliver a clear message in a way that will be understood and accepted by your audience. We speak to create change, to educate, to persuade, …

Why Your Gestures Are More Important Than Your Words

A recent Harvard Business Review article in May 2019 described a research that showed that when you’re selling an idea, selling a proposal or pitching an idea, your gestures matter more than the words. This means that when we’re talking to people, trying to persuade them, our gestures are more important than the words. This result is similar to Stanford …

Blisters and Feedback By Violet Dhu

I recently attended two intensive professional development programs at Harvard University and it seems a little odd to be linking this wonderful experience with blisters. Saying that I believe there is a link with my blisters and giving and receiving feedback. How often do we receive REAL TIME feedback and we ignore it? I purchased some new shoes and I …

5 Strategies To Help You Present Without Notes by Peter Dhu

One of the questions that I always get asked is, “how can I present a speech without notes”? This is usually achieved by doing lots of preparation, using a few simple strategies and trusting in yourself and in your ability to get your message across. It is in fact recommended that you do present without notes and speak more from the heart …

The Cost Of Not Being Influential as a Leader or Manager by Peter Dhu

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority”. – Kenneth Blanchard When public speaking, presenting or facilitating, the ability to influence others is important to any leader, manager or trainer. Being able to influence staff and clients to make change or act in a different way is really what leadership is all about. The essence of leadership is …