COVID and the Rise of Online Speeches

Two months before COVID-19 struck China, my wife and I took a lovely vacation to Koh Samui, a small idyllic island getaway in Thailand. As we looked out at the sunset, I recall us talking about how the coming year was going to be the best one ever. There were so many exciting activities aheadContinue reading “COVID and the Rise of Online Speeches”

Changing Mindsets: Sweatshop Challenge Simulation

By Matt Friedman One way to reach people is to include them as participants in a story. For the past ten years, I have given presentations on the subject of modern slavery to schools across Asia. While most students appear to understand the basic details and the importance of the issue, with so much schoolContinue reading “Changing Mindsets: Sweatshop Challenge Simulation”

Overcoming My Greatest Fear

Fear of public speaking is a major reason why more people don’t participate. While there are many reasons for this fear, there is one predominant factor – we overestimate the risks of communicating our ideas in front of others, viewing the speaking experience itself as a threat to our credibility, self-esteem, and self-worth. In otherContinue reading “Overcoming My Greatest Fear”

Public Speaking: The Power of Storytelling

Public speaking is one of the most important forms of communication. It allows the presenter to stand up in front of an audience to create awareness, form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. This activity can range from a presentation at a formal conference with a large audience, to a small pitch being made to a group of colleagues who you are hoping to win over. (CLICK ABOVE TO READ MORE)