February 1, 2010
iCOACH – Crighton’s Criteria
The most important factor in becoming a better speaker (even if you’re already a passably good one) is a willingness to open yourself to coaching – to listen to what someone else sees and hears, and to adapt accordingly. I have a small, exclusive speech coaching practice that deals with two areas of excellence:
- Public speaking
- Presentation development
For more than 30 years my job has been to help people communicate their ideas – and one area I have specialized in is helping people feel confident when they walk up to the podium, and turn round to face an audience. I’ve put on-stage a colourful assortment of CEO’s, presidents, world leaders and unlikely personalities. In many cases, I write what they speak, too. We collaborate in developing creative presentation ideas that bring to life what they want to get across. And then I help them to improve the delivery of the ideas. My goal is to transform a mere speech into an engaging performance.
I have developed some simple tools to do this work – Crighton’s Criteria. I call them a set-of-rules-that-set-you-free-to-be-the-best-you-can-be-on-stage. In a mouthful, there are 15 of them. A ll begin with the letter ’P’.
I love this part of my work, because it’s the one thing I do that brings me into close contact with people, and allows me to make a direct impact on their lives.
So check out each of my Criteria (below) and/or read a bit more about my background in this area.
Poise: How comfortable is your presentation for you? How comfortable does it make your audience feel? READ MORE »
Posture: What is it communicating? Stand tall. Stand proud. READ MORE»
Podium: Crutch… or a tool? Don’t cling to it. READ MORE»
Pacing: Fast, slow. Change gears. Slow it down. And then slow it some more. READ MORE»
Pausing: What you don’t say can be more important than what you do. READ MORE»
Patterns: Test the boundaries of your dynamic range. READ MORE»
Pronunciation: Be deliberate. Mind your P’s and Q’s, as if you’re talking to an audience of 8 year-olds. READ MORE»
Pitch: Choose your place on the octave, and find your own, sweet tone. READ MORE»
Personality: Let your personality out – it can be scary. I can only recommend one solution. Do it. READ MORE»
Poetry: Words are magical tools that can fire the imagination, lift the spirit, or cut to the heart. READ MORE»
Passion: If you really feel what you’re saying, your audience will too. Put your emotions on display. Be “unreasonable”. READ MORE»
Permission: When you stand on stage, you have permission to deliver a performance. Take it. READ MORE»
Practice: It makes perfect. READ MORE»