Issue February 2011
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Cool, Calm & Connected E-news

Email The Goddess
Of Public Speaking
For Help With Your

Geraldine Barkworth


What's New

Events Calendar. Find out which workshops you'd like to attend in 2011

19 February - 2 April, 7 Week Course for nervous public speakers. Face to face, Saturday afternoons, 2-4pm, northern NSW.


The Calm Kit is now available for sale online for nervous public speakers. Housed in a pretty purple organza bag, just slip it into your handbag every time you speak.

Dear Goddess Of Public Speaking...

" I’ve got 60 seconds to present at a meeting – how can I get attention, respect and interest in such a short time? "

"60 Seconds To Impact"

Dear B.L.M.,
You don’t want much do you? Next month no doubt you’ll be writing to ask, “how can I have it all in 10 seconds?”

Luckily for you, I work well under pressure. Firstly, I must advise you to not make it about quantity; about how much you can jam into 60 seconds. Make it about quality. Quality implies quality. It commands attention, respect and interest, just because it is quality.

I’m going to give you 3 tips for getting it all together in 60 seconds:

1. Prepare Ahead
Might sound old hat, but this really is the greatest tip of all time. I’m talking mental, physical, emotional and yes, spiritual preparation. If you want your audience to listen, you must give them something worth listening to and that starts with you. All of you. Not a memorized piece while you think about dinner, or a haphazard ramble you hope they’ll excuse. Decide what you personally need to do to prepare and do it. For instance, I find taking my dog for a walk yields my best ideas, probably because I’m not trying so hard.

The question BLM you have to ask yourself is, how important is that 60 seconds to you? Will it make you or break you? Depending upon your answer, you will know how much time to spend on preparing yourself.

2. Don’t Rush
Take your time to establish rapport. This is the second greatest tip of all time. I understand the driving urge to race upstream toward the 60-second finish line, but I advise you to take the scenic route instead. When you take the time to establish trust and rapport that is what you will receive in return. Speaking in public is about giving and receiving on both sides. Make it feel like a conversation, not a 60 second download.

Start by taking a full breath and make sustained eye contact with someone who wants to connect with you. Pause and take your time. If you relax, your audience will relax and they will be receptive to your 60 seconds.

3. Give One Clear Message
Ok this is the third greatest tip of all time. You’ve got 60 seconds – what’s the one thing you want people to remember? If you give too much information, it’s overwhelming. If you give too little, it’s forgettable. If you drone or read, it’s boring. Just choose one thing.

If your purpose is to promote a new service, talk about an intro offer. If your purpose is to highlight an existing service, talk about great results. Decide if it’s more important whether people remember your name, make an appointment, or really understand your idea / offer / service.

Keep your 60 seconds clutter free, so your gem of a message receives the attention, respect and interest it deserves.

BLM, we have covered the joy of speaking with quality, giving and receiving attention, respect and interest because that is what we generously and thoughtfully gave to our listeners right up front.

If you view public speaking as a two-way chat, then 60 seconds is merely the beginning of a long and rewarding conversation with long-term clients and friends.


Rate between 1 and 10 how cool, calm and connected you feel:

When you speak and lead with natural ease and authenticity, you will be closer to 10. When you feel scattered, distracted or unconfident, you will be closer to 1.


What To Do: If you are above a 7 today, notice what's working well and keep doing it. Accept that daily variations in confidence and clarity are normal and natural.

If you are below a 7 today, practise the 6 minute Inner Calm exercise.



Deeply relaxed, unable to stand upright due to loss of vertical alignment.
A combination of “comfy” (comfortable) and “to slump”.

Sample Sentence

"Staggering in from her dance class, she sprawled on the bed, a wet wreck of humidity and slumpfyness. She felt deliciously relaxed and beyond care.."

Email the Goddess your favourite word

Create memorable messages of verbal spice & colour.

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