Douglas Kruger has won the SA Championships in both a sporting pursuit and an intellectual one. He is a three-time winner of the SA National Skateboarding Championships, and a five-time winner of the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking. He is also the author of three books. See him in action, or review his books and articles, at www.douglaskruger.co.za. Follow @DouglasKruger; email .
Professional speaker and presentation-skills coach Douglas Kruger is the author of 50 Ways to Become a Better Speaker, 50 Ways to Position Yourself as an Expert, and co-author of So You're in Charge. Now What?.
[Douglas Kruger] Talent can be reduced to an equation with four major elements. The first and most important of these elements is 'yearning.' To become talented at something, anything, you have to dearly want to! When we yearn, we find ways around any obstacle; we overcome any hindrance. (video)
[Douglas Kruger] From Amoeba to Icon; where do you currently rank in your industry's natural progression? In this piece, I walk you through the seven stages of development as you strive to position yourself as an industry expert. [video]
[Douglas Kruger] For millennia, we've used ostentatious outward displays of wealth to indicate to the village that 'I am a heap big important cheese'. The S-Class Merc and Gucci shoes of today are really just an extension in trajectory from the feathers and beads of our forebears; a way of saying, 'Behold in awe the very amazingness of me!'
[Douglas Kruger] An interesting thing happened last year. Our economic scale took a tilt in the wrong direction. SA now has more people on social grants than earning incomes. Margaret Thatcher once said that the problem with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other people's money to spend. (video)
[Douglas Kruger] Why don't people get better at public speaking just by speaking in public? Well, it's the same reason golfers don't get better just by playing golf. But both could make giant strides if they just understood how talent actually works. It is understandable, it is systemised, and it can be replicated. I'd like to show you how...
[Douglas Kruger] Considering which anatomical part we park on them, chairs are one of the most venerable oratory tools in the universe. I'd go so far as to say, of all props and visual aids available to you, the humble chair, and not Bill Gates' little programme, is the ultimate.
[Douglas Kruger] Bad intros ruin speeches. They're like flipping open the leather cover on a Dickensian classic and finding a foreword that reads, "This is a story about two cities. I haven't read it, but I'm sure it will be good. And the author will introduce himself to you."
[Douglas Kruger] Some presenting is high-consequence. You're the head of a prestigious law firm; CEO of a bank; the grand, high lama of World Domination & Sons; and you have ten minutes to speak at a catalyst event that will remain in the industry consciousness for years. Your job is to be the thought leader. You need to know how to handle it.
[Douglas Kruger] Let's talk frankly about cost. In particular, the cost of hiring professional speakers. How on earth is it that one such creature asks R10 000 for a keynote, while another cheerfully sends through an invoice for R30 000? Is there really that much of a difference? Should you choose based on price? If not, then what? And if you find yourself on the other end of the equation, being asked to voice your expertise at a conference, how would you know what to charge? One grandiose thumb-suck?
[Douglas Kruger] Microsoft's proud creation suffers a similar PR problem to money. Universally acknowledged as the root of all evil, money was falsely accused. The original verse actually states that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Similarly, it is the obsessive, compulsive, yearning, mindless, brainwashed, mewling, needling, squirming, frightening need for PowerPoint that is the real problem. Not PowerPoint itself.