Saturday 1pm – 3pm (both 45m seminars delivered at 1pm and 2pm)

Levan Room

Public Speaking: It’s not a game. Or is it? – John Zimmer

For many, the mere thought of speaking in public can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas is a critical and sought-after skill. What if giving a speech didn’t have to be frightening? What if it could be fun? What if we approached the challenge of public speaking the same way that Microsoft, Starbucks, St. Andrews University and others approach their challenges? What if we brought gamification to public speaking? Public speaking would be child’s play! Hear the story of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game™, how it is being used around the world and what we have learned from it.

John Zimmer is an internationally recognised speaker and expert on public speaking, presentation skills and persuasion. He holds degrees in International Relations and Law, has worked with clients including Danone, the International Volleyball Federation and the World Health Organisation and he teaches public speaking in the Executive MBA programs at the University of Geneva, University of Lausanne and IESE in Barcelona. John is a 9-time European champion of Toastmasters public speaking contests and a TEDx Speaker. All of this experience has gone into creating the Rhetoric game and into his field leading blog – Manner of Speaking.

Teviot Room

Olympic Presenting Skills in a Season of Change – Andy McKechnie

A modern audience is now more culturally diverse, interconnected and with a wider age range than ever before.  In their pockets, they each have a personal supercomputer with instant access to an infinite breadth of information. However at the same time, with Google algorithms and Facebook, people are fed the information that reinforces their own global paradigm.  In this powerful session, Andy will share with you the professional speaking secrets he has used to inspire delegates from over 100 countries worldwide. Elite athletes prepare by improving their skill set, mindset and network with seasonal training. Andy will show you how to use the same techniques so that you can become a ‘better speaker, better presenter and better leader’.

Andy McKechnie is an international motivational speaker and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Public Speaking Champion 2006. He is an accomplished professional speaker, peak performance coach and wellbeing consultant. Andy has an amazing ability to tailor his presentations to inspire lasting change. He has delivered motivational speeches in the UK, Switzerland, Estonia, Sweden and South Korea. As a senator of JCI, he has trained delegates at international conferences from over 100 countries around the world. A former member of the Scottish national freestyle ski team, former national dance champion and World Fitness Experience presenter, Andy believes we should be fit for life and fit for leadership at every level. Over the last few years, he has coached over 120 Olympians, Paralympians and action adventurers, to go into schools to deliver motivational workshops.

Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Levan Room

Find Your Voice – Gwyneth Millard

This final event of the lottery funded project will showcase the progress made by participants across Scotland having discovered passions and talents for public speaking, debate, poetry and communication. The session will also feature expert inputs from Sue Shaw on word pictures and Taylor Wilson on the voice. Gwyneth Millard delivered events in Elgin, Stornoway and Aberdeen while Tom Scott, National Education Director delivered the launch event in Edinburgh and supported the events in Greenock, Dunoon and Glasgow. This session will be a final celebration of the learners achievements and a superb end to the project and conference.

Gwyneth Millard is a past national president of the Association of Speakers Clubs and Rotary International, Great Britain and Ireland and is a speaker for Global Sight Solutions.