Hi, I’m JP. Thanks for popping in
My literary agent asked me to prepare a book about public speaking and presenting. At first, I wanted to vomit, because I felt sick at the idea of teaching the “secrets” behind “owning” the room, and manipulating other people to get your way.
Happily, he said I didn’t have to do that. Just teach honestly. But then I thought, that’s too easy! To be good, all you need is:
- something you want to say,
- an audience, and
- enough self-belief to open your lips.
That’s it! Job done. Book proposal complete.
People who tell you great speaking is all about doing power poses are messing with your mind! They’re giving you a reason to lose confidence in yourself.
Most of us don’t want to strike power poses. And anyway, some speakers are spellbinding because they’re crumpled and broken, not powerful.
Because they whisper, rather than speak loudly. (Bob Paisley, the fantastically successful Liverpool FC manager, used to speak very quietly so that players would lean in and crane their necks to hang on his words of wisdom.)
There’s simply NO one-size-fits-all.
I’ve been told occasionally that I look very happy in front of an audience. And, though I’ve had a few difficult moments, that’s generally true.
I love watching the expressions of individual audience members change from curious, through amused, angry, sad or whatever (depends on the topic, obviously). And I love interacting with my audience, so it’s more like a conversation than a monologue. It just feels more spontaneous.
I guess that means there must be something I can share that’s potentially of value to others.
I created this site because I realised that most people don’t want to be AMAZING, SENSATIONAL public speakers.
We just want to be OK. Not bad.
And as somebody who’s done a spot of public speaking and presenting, in front of some very large audiences and a lot of small ones, I know that being OK, not bad, means overcoming the very same things that get in the way of being hot stuff.
So if you’d like to be MODEST, ADEQUATE at public speaking – and possibly amazing and sensational at some point too – you’re in the right place.