Speaking and speaking training
Sandy McDonald – speaker
One day having coffee with a friend, she challenged me to do a TEDx talk. I looked across my latte and laughed. ‘What are you on, because if it makes you that delusional, I want some!’ Two years later I stood on the TEDx Melbourne stage to a standing ovation from 1,000 people.
Since that memorable day in 2014, I’ve learned a thing or two about speaking and spoken on dozens of stages in a variety of settings to wildly different audiences from accountants to social enterprise founders. I never walk onto a stage without feeling humbled, and deeply responsible for what I am about to say.
Speaking must serve
Above all it must serve. It must be truthful, accurate and insightful. It must be relevant to my audience, and it should keep them fully engaged throughout. To lose your audience is the a sin you cannot commit as a speaker.
Well crafted and delivered, purpose driven and contextualised story not only engages, it connects at a emotional level, building trust and a willingness to co-operate in the journey you are taking your audience on.
You can’t afford to miss out on storytelling as your most powerful communication friend when you speak.
If you would like me to stand on your stage to explore with your audience the power of storytelling to build and embed culture, great relationships and to shift the dial from ignorance to comprehension and negativity to positive action, please contact me here.