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Anger, Fear, and Sex: How to Keep People from Texting While You Talk

May 13, 2020
Sarah Stockdale
We sit down with Drew Dudley

Time is the one commodity you can never get back. That’s probably why people are so quick to turn to their phones when a speaker fails to captivate. Let’s face it, whether it’s been in a boardroom, virtual meeting, theatre or even just out for drinks, you’ve probably fired off a text when you were supposed to be listening to someone. This session is designed to show you how to be a good public speaker, and make sure that no one touches their phone when it’s your turn to take the floor.


In this edition of Growing in Challenging Times, we sit down with Drew Dudley, a Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose TED Talk “Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment)” was voted one of the 15 Most Inspirational TED Talks of All Time by visitors to TED.com.

In this session, he will draw on his experience delivering over 1000 presentations worldwide to talk about the art of capturing and keeping attention—both personally and professionally. You’ll learn what makes a good public speaker, including how to keep the audience front and centre while while crafting and delivering ideas, as well as simple strategies to create “intellectual body blows” that truly land and stay with people. Drew will also provide tips for effectively making a point in everyday conversations or interviews, and fill you in on which all-too-common presentation tips are actually terrible advice.

And yes, you’ll learn why the words “Anger, Fear and Sex” are in the title of the session!

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