Weddings – it’s official. Women’s speeches are IN!

Society eyebrows were raised in many well-heeled quarters a few weeks ago when Meghan Markle let it be known that she was going to make a speech at her wedding to the UK’s very eligible bachelor, Prince Harry.

Weddings: it's official - women's speeches are IN

In the modern world of the 21st century, women have been making wedding speeches for many years. But a High Five to Meghan Markle who, we’re told, intends to make a speech at her upcoming wedding to the UK’s Prince Harry in May 2018 despite this being a break in royal protocol…

“Meghan Markle will be doing things differently from those who wed at Windsor Castle before her, with reports that she is planning on breaking tradition by giving her own speech,” wrote Rose Burke in The Independent, Jan 29th 2018. “As an advocate for women, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Markle plans on ditching the tradition. In a not-so-distant past, women were considered to be little more than property worth about as much as a few cows and a small patch of grass. Owned by their fathers from birth, girls would eventually be married off to the highest bidder.” [Read more…]

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

When you’re writing for business, social, personal or other reasons, do you sometimes wonder if you’re “waffling?” Or if you’re listening to a long speech, could the speaker be “waffling?”

Waffle is for eating, not for writing

Now THIS is the kind of waffle that’s to die for. The verbal form isn’t.

Or do you think that “waffling” is making and eating delicious treats like in this picture, above? Sadly not.

What does “waffling” really mean for writers and speakers?

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What writing help would be the most useful for you?

We all have to write whether we like it or not. I happen to love it to bits, but I know many of you don’t so need some help. Many of you do, but need some help to get it rolling.

What writing help would be the most useful for you?

How can we help you with your writing? Just say!

So, I want to start a monthly newsletter to make you folks more comfortable with whatever you want or need to write. No bullsh*t, nice and concise.

It will share tips from my vast range of utterly hysterical experience in writing everything from books to funny jokes on toilet rolls (seriously), plus that of many other writing experts from all over the world.

Now, never mind what I think we should share. What do YOU want some help with? For example:

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How to write for thought leaders’ egos

Have you noticed how some “important” thought leader types get haughtily miffed if someone suggests they need an editor or ghostwriter to help them get blog posts or articles right?

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No-one could possibly improve on my writing…

These days, it’s not just professional writers who are (or should be) called in to help. It also can be people like PR consultants, social media consultants, marketing or communications interns, personal/virtual assistants, and quite a few more.

So how do you cope when the ego says “no,” but the reality says “arrrgghhh!!!?”

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Writing about yourself: why you need to color yourself in

This clever tip and accompanying story were shared recently by the amazing Tsufit, author of an excellent book which I can personally recommend, called “Step Into The Spotlight: a guide to getting noticed.”

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

We came up with a whole tomato analogy for speakers, how some are still seedlings, some are still green, some are ripe and plump and juicy and ready for market and others are just plain rotten!

Here she is…

Ever wonder why the telephone companies use frogs and dimes and beavers and geckos in their ads? Why? Because you can’t SEE phone service.

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Due to make a wedding speech soon? Don’t get caught with your pants down

Are you due to make a speech at a wedding soon? You may not have noticed, but the wedding season in the northern hemisphere is taking off big-time. The wedding where you’re speaking may be just around the corner…

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Due to make a speech at a wedding this summer? Don’t get caught at the last minute with your pants down…

So: have you thought about your speech yet? What you’re going to say? What – depending on your role in the wedding party – you are supposed to say? No?

OK, here is a quick reminder based on what I wrote last year – suitably updated – to help you folks get your wedding speech safeguards in place … even at the last minute! [Read more…]

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