22 Jan 2019

Business speaking can often sound daunting; however, that needn’t be the case. Upon further evaluation, most people would realise that business speakers have similar skills to those of public speakers. The only major difference, of course, is that business speakers will be talking solely about business related issues (the clue is in the name). There are certain characteristics that business speakers share with most other public speakers and they are as follows: confidence, eloquence, intelligence or knowledge, empathy and humorousness. Let me now explain why these 5 traits are so important for business speakers.


Confidence is essential when it comes to business speaking, because without confidence an audience is very unlikely to be wowed by your good or service. You are, at the end of the day, giving a performance to a group of individuals; the end goal is, of course, to win them offer such that they end up investing or buying what you are offering. If you are not 100% confident in what you are saying, however, it is very unlikely that this end goal will be achieved. One way to boost your confidence, is by knowing exactly what it is that you want to say. This is where intelligence or knowledge plays a big role, because if you are knowledgeable, you are able to deliver your speech or presentation with absolute conviction and pride. Eloquence can also boost your confidence, because if you can deliver your speech using proper and precise language, you are more likely to deliver a successful presentation. Your message will also seem clearer to your audience which is an added bonus.


Empathy is vital when speaking to a group of people because it reminds that you are just like them. Speakers often make the mistake of setting themselves upon a metaphorical pedestal; the vast majority of people will feel that this is a sign of arrogance or superiority, when in fact it is just a genuine mistake. To avoid it, speakers must relate to the concerns, desire, worries and challenges of their audience. This personal relationship will not only make selling easier, but it will also improve the atmosphere of your presentation. Another way of livening up the mood is by using humour. Humour can make mundane topics all the more interesting, therefore it is a vital tool to use should you wish to keep the attention of your audience.


So, in summary, business speaking is not quite as frightening as it seems. I hope to have shown you the key traits required to succeed as a business speaker. To get in touch or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole, and business speaking please email bookings@biancamiller.uk , call 02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk

20 Jan 2019

By its very nature- a keynote speaker is one who ‘delivers a speech that sets out the central theme of a conference.’ So, how is this done? Well primarily, a keynote speaker must be informative and clear. The cardinal sin of speaking is to be ambiguous , and this is especially important in keynote speaking. Whether it be a 10 minute speech or a 2 hour lecture, a keynote speaker must leave the audience with no more than 3 memorable, intended messages as a result of their speech. As the audience leave the room, if each member were to be asked a simple question: ‘What was the point of that speech?’, a top keynote speaker would ensure every single audience member gave exactly the same answer without a moment of hesitation. There are a few ways one can go about this form of speaking, as it is vaguely different from some other forms.


Firstly, a top keynote speaker will always ensure no matter how academic the subject, every single person no matter how intelligent is able to access the speech and able to clearly grasp everything the top keynote speaker is saying. So, a top keynote speaker is one who appeals to all. What else? Well, as well as being accessible they must strike a balance between simple yet authoritative. By dullung concepts one can easily fall into the trap of sounding uninformed and frankly intelligent as a speaker. So, whilst remaining simplified an element of complexity must be retained in order to retain the confidence of the audience that you know what you are talking about. This equilibrium between complexity and accessibility is only ever achieved by the top keynote speaker, as more often than not only a similar proportion of the audience are able to pass the aforementioned set of questions at the end of a keynote speech.


Secondly, whilst sticking to their aim, a keynote speaker must engage the audience, as usually they are the first speakers and the people required to set the tone for an event or seminar. They say first impressions count, and the same applies with keynote speaking. Only the top keynote speakers will simultaneously engage and excite their audience whilst clearly demonstrating and conveying their keynote.


While on the subject of top keynote speakers, it would be fitting to analyse this very blog, to see if I myself practice what I preach. Can you remember my two main points that make a good keynote speaker? If so, great, but can you also remember the main purpose of a top keynote speaker? To get in touch about top keynote speakers or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole, please email bookings@biancamiller.uk  02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk.

20 Jan 2019

Leadership speaking is a discipline which requires years of training, hard work and dedication. In order to enthuse an audience, a leadership speaker must truly be engaging, passionate and precise. In this day and age, leadership is a massive thing at every level; at most schools you will find prefects who are essentially acting as school leaders. The same can be found in any corporation or team. Essentially, leadership is a vital asset which one ought to learn in order to succeed. It is not an easy task because not everyone is a “natural born leader” however there are many people and groups who offer leadership training. Leadership speakers provide vast amounts of information about leadership – I would like to explore some of the work they do in order to inform you of the whereabouts of some of the world’s best leadership speakers.


John C. Maxwell is an American author, speaker and pastor who primarily focuses on leadership. Maxwell’s titles have included “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” and “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader”. Having sold a vast amount of books, Maxwell focuses on developing oneself in order to turn a big dream into a reality. His journey started when he started to develop himself and connect with others. His ability to connect with others is what has given him so much success as a leadership speaker. Mr Maxwell also has various companies which preach his words about leadership and leadership speaking. These include: The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team and EQUIP. All three groups aim to create organized and structured groups of individuals who are equipped with all the necessary skills to become leaders.


Alexandra Shulman was editor-in-chief for British Vogue for over 20 years and is currently the longest serving editor in British Vogue history. As an entrepreneur, businesswoman and mother, she teaches many people around the globe what it takes to be a corporate leader and cultural figurehead. One thing that sets Shulman apart from many people in her field is her in-depth knowledge of fashion. She understands just what readers want to know and just what readers bring back to the magazine. Her capacity, therefore, for knowledge is one thing which many leaders ought to learn and she regularly talks about it. As a leadership speaker, she uses her years of experience to teach people how to reach the top of the ladder through dedicated and focused work.


In conclusion, leadership speakers can be found in many different environments; however they will all share similar ideals. To be a leadership speaker, one must have a clear and precise message and the two aforementioned speakers have just that. To get in touch or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole (and on leadership speaking) please email bookings@biancamiller.uk  02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk

18 Jan 2019

The facets of an effective sales speaker lurk deep in the realm of speaking, and is often regarded one of the hardest forms of speaking. Usually, a speaker’s aim is to persuade of a point of view, to inspire to do something or to evoke a specific emotion. In sales, all aspects of speaking are combined to the ultimate goal of promoting the audience with their hard earned money to buy what you are selling. You must persuade them that your product is the best. You must inspire them to dig out their wallet and make the effort to buy your product/service. An most importantly, you must inspire them to have confidence in you, that what you’re saying is true and they should place their most valuable possession in you – trust. Sales speakers know an awful lot about trust, and to an extent life as a sales speaker becomes exponentially easier as your capacity to gain trust becomes natural.


If you ask sales speakers what they have most of, I can guarantee it won’t be money, it won’t be cars and it won’t be famousness. What they have more than anybody else short of the queen is trust. As a buyer, you must trust the seller that the product is as you say it is, and does what you say it will do. If you sell a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t suck, they simply will not trust you to part with cash to help you achieve your aim.


So, having established the importance of the possession that is trust – how does an effective sales speaker go about getting it? First, a relationship must be built with the audience. Whether you are speaking to a single person or to an auditorium of thousands, the listener must genuinely feel they know you. By doing this, you subconsciously build and empathetic relationship with the listener, and when it comes down to the selling, they will naturally feel more inclined to help you out as they generally like you. To a certain extent this requires a modacome of dramatism in order to portray the character you think will best get along with your audience. There is a reason why clowns are the best medium to sell balloon animals to children. By becoming a colourful character with face painted and fancy clothes, the children develop a relationship, and become genuinely excited to get what the clown has – his balloons. The same theory applies in the corporate world – when selling to businesspeople, choose language and form suitable to talk to them and I can guarantee they will engage with you. By establishing trust, you will become a ture sales speaker.


So to conclude, by establishing trust a you turn a desperate, pleading salesmen into a flourishing, personable sales speaker – and someone who you sincerely wish to do business with. It is something challenging yet rewarding, both emotionally and financially. To get in touch about sales speakers or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole, please email bookings@biancamiller.uk  02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk.


18 Jan 2019

Motivational speaking is a form of art. I have said it before and I will say it again. In order to be a motivational speaker, one requires courage, intellect and charisma. These three traits are common amongst most speakers worldwide. However, it is essential to remember that these traits do not just come to a person overnight. They require years of practice, preparation and hard work. It is for this reason that I have huge respect for all people who work as motivational speakers. A list of motivational speakers is a hard thing to create, merely because there are so many; however, my list of motivational speakers would most certainly contain the following people: Alec Stewart and Brenda Della Casa. Let me now give you a bit of information about why these three people feature on my list of motivational speakers.


Alec Stewart, known by his cricketing teammates and fans as the ‘gaffer’ of English cricket, is a remarkable leader and speaker. He has represented England 118 times and even led the side (he took over the captaincy from Michael Atherton in 1998). If that is not enough evidence of his excellence, he also on Radio 5, BBC Sport and Sky sports where he features as a cricket analyst. As a speaker, he delivers excellent presentations on how to be a leader and how to develop motivational skills. Of course, with his vast experience, he is able to recall knowledge from his cricketing days which inspire both cricketing fans and those in need of advice. Moreover, his ability to use comedy within his presentations sets him high up on my list of motivational speakers. Alec Stewart’s hard-working and dedicated nature is what places him at the apex of any list of motivational speakers.


Brenda Della Casa is well known for having experienced personal hardship has a child. She was abused, abandoned and homeless. At the age of fourteen she was already working to create a life for herself. As a result of her hard work, Brenda has gone on to achieve great things as a journalist, author and media expert. She is extremely passionate about the advancement of women in the digital market and speaks regularly to audiences about digital strategies, content marketing and how to face adversity. By sharing her difficult story, Brenda has been able to empathise with many people who have struggled as she did. Moreover, she has been able to inspire millions of people worldwide, and do great work for the advancement of women in the workplace. For these reasons (and many others), Brenda has a place on my list of motivational speakers.


In summary, these two people are legends in the field of motivational speaking. Their ability to connect with audiences and empathise with them is what makes them so great. For more information about motivational speakers and to see more people who may feature on my list of speakers, contact bookings@biancamiller.uk or visit  www.biancamiller.uk .

16 Jan 2019

Inspirational speaking is not a something one is naturally gifted at. The simple truth is that anybody can do it; with some hard work and practice a shy, nervous mumbler can be transformed into a bold, informative inspirational speaker. There are two main ways such an evolution can be achieved. First, as previously mentioned, through good practice and training. Second, through self-evaluation and goal setting. Remember, the person the audience see speaking does not have to be you, per se, instead through the medium of speaking one is given the opportunity for freedom of expression.


First in the guide for inspirational speaking is practice and training. It takes just a few clicks and in a matter of seconds you have gained access a plethora of speaking tuition and material. The fantastic thing about inspirational speaking is that the whole premise of such a concept (reaching a large audience) means one can easily find hours and hours of good examples and models to learn how to speak from. Famous inspirational speakers are famous for a reason, so I personally would recommend to start with them. Michelle Obama to name just one is a consummate inspirational speaker, and I would highly recommend giving her a watch. One you have such useful examples in hand, practice their speeches in the mirror or on friends. Your target as an inspirational speaker is not to persuade or inform, but to motivate and inspire the audience to do as you say. Clearly then, any speech is only as good as the words being said.


This brings me on nicely to my second top tip in this beginners guide to inspirational speaking – self-evaluation and goal setting. Before writing or delivering and inspirational speech, ask yourself this. What do I aim to achieve by speaking? What do I want the audience to feel as a result of my speech? And finally, what can I do to make my speech memorable? Once these questions have been answered, only then will you have a clear idea of your aim, and will thus be able to target and hone your speech to get to the very core of what you want to say. As well as using persuasive and inspiring words, the delivery is equally as important. If you portray a sad, emotional speaker guess what your audience will feel? Correct – sad and emotional. By the same reasoning an inspirational speaking must be motivating, exciting and frankly inspiring.


To summarise, inspirational speaking through practice and self-evaluation, and is accessible to absolutely everybody. I would highly recommend taking the aforementioned points onboard, as I can personally vouch that these very tips helped me turn from a bland mumbler into and engaging and motivating speaker. To get in touch about inspirational speaking or for more information on Bianca Miller-Cole please email bookings@biancamiller.uk  02086679519 or visit www.biancamiller.uk.

16 Jan 2019

Lots of people try to go to conferences or events at which they can hear motivational speakers talk. This is a great idea; however, an individual could simply visit the website of a motivational speaker, should they wish for a similar service with less hassle. Motivational speakers’ websites often contain pages which explain the background of the speaker. Moreover, they also advertise events and conferences at which they may be speaking. Motivational speakers’ websites are the primary source for all the information that you may need about how to change your life for the better. Let us now look at what some motivational speakers offer on their websites.


Debra Searle – the author, BBC presenter and rower – uses her website to tell the world to “change your attitude … it’s not magic, it’s mindset”. This message of hers is seen all over her site and means that it is really accessible to members of the public. Her “About” page helps raise awareness of her monumental career, not only as a rower, but also as a speaker, author and presenter. Furthermore, Debra offers courses which can help people change their mindsets. These can be found on her website homepage. Another awesome feature of her site is that she vlogs. Vlogging is an easy way to get a message across because all you need to do is speak to a camera and upload the footage. By doing so, your message can be accessed globally by the millions of people looking for help.


Like Debra Searle, Eric Thomas also offers courses on his website. Thomas’ “Breathe University” is an online platform which allows you to develop and move towards your potential greatness. Thomas offers video course, a weekly call service, live events and access to numerous books and interviews. Moreover, Eric Thomas gives easy access to his youtube videos which are designed to inspire people in their movement towards greatness. Eric Thomas also provides a page to show how he has changed the lives of some of the people he has worked with. One of the stars he has worked with is the rapper Meek Mill. Meek has said that Eric “made me want to work harder and chase my dreams”.


Motivational speakers’ websites are full of content which is easily accessible by the public. These websites often provide courses which can help and inspire, thus they are truly a source to be cherished. For more information on motivational speakers’ websites visit www.biancamiller.uk  or contact bookings@biancamiller.uk .


14 Jan 2019

Famous motivational speakers all have the same common characteristics. They are, for example, enthusiastic about their work. Often they do not treat it as a job, but rather as a duty – this mentality it perhaps what give them such a drive and such large amounts of passion when it comes to helping others. But, in the 21st century enthusiasm alone is not what makes famous motivational speakers so good. In this era, everyone has opened their eyes to the importance of motivational speaking, so, in theory, everyone has the potential to become one of the most famous motivational speakers. There are, however, certain traits which differentiate the best from the rest. Let us have a look at some of them now.


The first differentiating factor is the eloquent and articulate nature of the world’s most famous motivational speakers. It is a common misconception that in order to be articulate and eloquent, one must speak using the most formal register. I believe in order to be articulate, one must speak clearly and precisely. Precision in language allows for a clearer meaning – this is a common trait among the most famous motivational speakers. Such clarity ought to, in turn, breed confidence, since a speaker will feel truly confident in what they are saying.


Secondly, it is important to be persuasive. It is all well and good delivering a presentation with good points, but if this is done in an unpersuasive manner, it will not stick in the head of audience members. It is vital, therefore, that you persuade the audience that you are right. Repetition is a good way of instilling the key messages of your presentation into the heads of the audience members. Moreover, persuasive language is all the more useful because it gives the audience a sense of security in terms of what you are saying. Finally, I would recommend pausing after points which are particularly poignant so that the audience can have time to process what has been said to them.


The world’s most famous motivational speakers are brilliant when it comes to showing empathy. No matter how successful they may be, famous motivational speakers often find a way of relating themselves to the general public. This method avoids coming across as arrogant, and allows them to focus their speech towards the worries, needs and challenges that his or her audience may face.


In sum, to be like the world’s most famous motivational speakers I would recommend taking these points on board. For more information of how to be like the most famous motivational speakers contact bookings@biancamiller.uk  or visit www.biancamiller.uk .


14 Jan 2019

Motivational speakers are always finding innovative methods which allow them to plant new ideas into the heads of their audience. The top motivational speakers are those who can influence others in a simple, yet effective, manner. To do this, a person would be required to produce lots of content to raise their profile. Large amounts of content is what allows top motivational speakers to stay at the top; they are always renewing their thoughts, therefore, they are always challenging and inspiring the public. Alongside this, the top motivational speakers are diligent, concise and passionate: this allows them to entice audience members and get across a clear and precise message. Let us look at the work of a few of the top motivational speakers to see just how they do it.


Joe Simpson is a British author, mountaineer and motivational speaker. He is most famous for his personal story called “Touching the Void”. The story is about a time that he was mountaineering and how he unfortunately fell into a crevasse. He was thought to be lost; however, he managed (somehow) to make his way to base camp. He did, however, sustain some severe injuries along the way. His style of speaking is diligent and often somewhat humorous. The top motivational speakers use humour as a way of engaging with their audience on a personal level. Humour also allows an easier transition through the darker and more saddening parts of a presentation. By telling his story – and by not actively prescribing advice for his audience – Joe is able to force his audience to think actively about the key messages that underlie the majority of his presentations. Joe’s most poignant point is: no matter how tough things may become, we can always overcome them and succeed.


John Peters is another of the top motivational speaker who uses humour to engage with his audience. His story is certainly a harrowing one; his beaten face became a symbol of Saddam Hussein’s brutality as it was shown on television screens around the world in 1991. Despite the difficult nature of his story, Peters manages to use humour to show his audience that there can always be light, even in dark moments. Moreover, he explains the struggles which he has had in life, in order to show his audiences the importance of dealing with difficult times. Overall, I would say that John’s story makes us think about the sometimes difficult nature of human life, however, it also allows us to overcome the challenges we may face.


As we have seen, the top motivational speakers often share some chilling stories, however they do it in a manner which sheds light on such dark tales. That is what makes them the top motivational speakers. For more information visit www.biancamiller.uk or contact bookings@biancamiller.uk .

12 Jan 2019

The best motivational speakers are those people whose message has the largest influence on the masses. Their message, as simple as it may be, has a profound effect on the population and causes them to adopt it. The best motivational speakers often gain clout for the simplest of ideas, however upon further reflection one may realise that the ideas are not quite as simple as one initially thought. In fact, all the more credit must go to the best speakers, since their ability to mask a somewhat complex idea in very simplistic language is what makes their ideas so popular and accessible. Two of the best motivational speakers – Eric Thomas and Debra Searle – do everything mentioned above and beyond. Let us explore how they became motivational speakers and the messages that they preach.


Eric Thomas is a motivational speaker from the United States. He was, in fact, a high school dropout and has since enjoyed working with many major sporting teams in NFL, MLB and NBA. Eric is well known for his “high-energy messages” which have influenced the lives of millions of people worldwide. Eric has used his life experiences to affect the lives of those who may have been (or currently be) in a similar position to that which he was in. Eric’s message is very simple, yet poignant: “Greatness is Upon you! You better act like it!”. This quotation would suggest that Eric’s message is all about being positive and seizing opportunities when they come your way. I believe that the fact that his messages are delivered with such enthusiasm is what makes them stick in the minds of millions.


Debra Searle is, put bluntly, an amazing human being. She has written books, presented shows, won gold medals for GB and even rowed (solo!) across the Atlantic ocean. Debra is rather similar to Eric, since both speakers suggest that one ought to develop a positive attitude in order to succeed. For Debra, it is vital that a person should choose the right attitude as it will allow them to enhance their social and working lives. Debra often speaks from personal experience which is what makes her one of the best motivational speakers. She uses her experience of rowing across the Atlantic to show people how and why they should change their attitude for the better.


As we can see, these are two phenomenal individuals. The reason that they are so excellent is because they are so committed to their message. They spread their message with such pride that it is almost impossible not to listen to what they are saying. For more information on the best motivational speakers visit www.biancamiller.uk  or contact bookings@biancamiller.uk .