2023 is here!

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the new year. As we enter 2023, I wanted to reflect on a few things.

Back to regular blogging

Regular readers of Manner of Speaking will have noticed that I was not very active here over the final few months of 2022. There were a few reasons for my hiatus:

  • My work schedule was incredibly full (a good thing). I had a number of speaking engagements and corporate trainings throughout Switzerland as well as in Germany, Poland, Finland and, of course, online. It was an exciting time, but one that required me to focus on my clients.
  • My great website team at Moonshot worked hard to transfer the hosting of my website to a new server. The previous (well-known) hosting service was extremely slow. It took far too long for pages to open and that made for a frustrating experience. Rather than continuing to add content, we worked on improving the quality of the site. Now that it is hosted on a different server, it is much faster. More upgrades are coming in 2023, so stay tuned.
  • I spent a significant amount of time working with three co-authors and an illustrator to finish a book on finding fulfillment and happiness in our work life. The title is Enter Your Flow, and we are in the final stages of editing with our publisher. I will write more about it in the future, but if you are interested in learning more now, please visit our Linked business page.
  • It was nice to take a break from blogging and recharge.

Blog recognition

In 2022, Manner of Speaking was again recognized as one of the top public speaking blogs in the world by sites such as Feedspot and Ranked Blogs. In fact, for a time, it was No. 1 on Feedspot but has since slipped down the ranks. (That’s what happens when you don’t blog consistently! See above.)

What about you?

Do you have plans for 2023 when it comes to public speaking? Is there something that you want to improve? Are there any speeches or presentations that you want to give?

Whatever it is, I encourage you to make public speaking a focus for the year ahead. Whether you’re an experienced speaker looking to improve your skills or just starting out and looking to build your confidence, there are always opportunities to grow and develop as a speaker.

One way to work on your public speaking in the new year is to set specific goals for yourself. This might mean committing to giving a certain number of presentations, joining a local Toastmasters group, or simply setting aside time each week to practice your delivery in front of a camera and then watch yourself. Whatever your goals, make a plan and hold yourself accountable in order to see real progress.

Seek out opportunities to practice and get feedback. Volunteer to speak at local events. Join a speaking club or workshop where you can receive constructive feedback from experienced speakers. By actively seeking out such opportunities, you can hone your skills and become a more confident and effective speaker.

And don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things when it comes to public speaking. This post on the Public Speaking Fear Grid contains lots of ideas for how you can stretch your speaking skills in a new setting. Whether it’s trying out a new presentation style or tackling a subject you’ve never spoken about before, stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a great way to grow as a speaker.

I look forward to helping you by publishing great content on this blog on your public speaking skills in the new year. Here’s to a successful 2023!  

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John delivered a keynote address about the importance of public speaking to 80 senior members of Gore’s Medical Device Europe team at an important sales event. He was informative, engaging and inspirational. Everyone was motivated to improve their public speaking skills. Following his keynote, John has led public speaking workshops for Gore in Barcelona and Munich. He is an outstanding speaker who thinks carefully about the needs of his audience well before he steps on stage.

Karsta Goetze

TA Leader, Gore and Associates

I first got in touch with John while preparing to speak at TED Global about my work on ProtonMail. John helped me to sharpen the presentation and get on point faster, making the talk more focused and impactful. My speech was very well received, has since reached almost 1.8 million people and was successful in explaining a complex subject (email encryption) to a general audience.

Andy Yen

CEO, Proton Technologies

John gave the opening keynote on the second day of our unit’s recent offsite in Geneva, addressing an audience of 100+ attendees with a wealth of tips and techniques to deliver powerful, memorable presentations. I applied some of these techniques the very next week in an internal presentation, and I’ve been asked to give that presentation again to senior management, which has NEVER happened before. John is one of the greatest speakers I know and I can recommend his services without reservation.

David Lindelöf

Senior Data Scientist, Expedia Group

After a morning of team building activities using improvisation as the conduit, John came on stage to close the staff event which was organised in Chamonix, France. His energy and presence were immediately felt by all the members of staff. The work put into the preparation of his speech was evident and by sharing some his own stories, he was able to conduct a closing inspirational speech which was relevant, powerful and impactful for all at IRU. The whole team left feeling engaged and motivated to tackle the 2019 objectives ahead. Thank you, John.

Umberto de Pretto

Secretary General, World Road Transport Organization

I was expecting a few speaking tips and tricks and a few fun exercises, but you went above and beyond – and sideways. You taught me to stand tall. You taught me to anchor myself. You taught me to breathe. You taught me to open up. You taught me to look people in the eye. You taught me to tell the truth. You taught me to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. I got more than I bargained for in the best possible way.

Thuy Khoc-Bilon

World Cancer Day Campaign Manager, Union for International Cancer Control

John gave a brilliant presentation on public speaking during the UN EMERGE programme in Geneva (a two days workshop on leadership development for a group of female staff members working in the UN organizations in Geneva). His talk was inspirational and practical, thanks to the many techniques and tips he shared with the audience. His teaching can dramatically change our public speaking performance and enable us as presenters to have a real and powerful impact. Thank you, John, for your great contribution!

Sara Canna

HR Specialist, World Health Organization

John is a genuine communication innovator. His seminars on gamification of public speaking learning and his interactive Rhetoric game at our conference set the tone for change and improvement in our organisation. The quality of his input, the impact he made with his audience and his effortlessly engaging style made it easy to get on board with his core messages and won over some delegates who were extremely skeptical as to the efficacy of games for learning. I simply cannot recommend him highly enough.

Thomas Scott

National Education Director, Association of Speakers Clubs UK

John joined our Global Sales Meeting in Segovia, Spain and we all participated in his "Improv(e) your Work!" session. I say “all” because it really was all interactive, participatory, learning and enjoyable. The session surprised everybody and was a fresh-air activity that brought a lot of self-reflection and insights to improve trust and confidence in each other inside our team. It´s all about communication and a good manner of speaking!"

Jon Lopez

General Manager Europe, Hayward Industries

Thank you very much for the excellent presentation skills session. The feedback I received was very positive. Everyone enjoyed the good mix of listening to your speech, co-developing a concrete take-away and the personal learning experience. We all feel more devoted to the task ahead, more able to succeed and an elevated team spirit. Delivering this in a short time, both in session and in preparation, is outstanding!

Henning Dehler

CFO European Dairy Supply Chain & Operations, Danone

Thanks to John’s excellent workshop, I have learned many important tips and techniques to become an effective public speaker. John is a fantastic speaker and teacher, with extensive knowledge of the field. His workshop was a great experience and has proven extremely useful for me in my professional and personal life.

Eric Thuillard

Senior Sales Manager, Sunrise Communications

John’s presentation skills training was a terrific investment of my time. I increased my skills in this important area and feel more comfortable when speaking to an audience. John provided the right mix between theory and practice.

Diego Brait

Director of the Jura Region, BKW Energie AG

Be BOLD. Those two words got stuck in my head and in the heads of all those ADP leaders and associates that had the privilege to see John on stage. He was our keynote speaker at our annual convention in Barcelona, and his message still remains! John puts his heart in every word. Few speakers are so credible, humble and yet super strong with large audiences!

Guadalupe Garcia

Senior Director and Talent Partner, ADP International