The Vault

Nice work. You’ve found my heavily-guarded* collection of resources to help with your speaking confidence.

TED (and Other) Talks

Alex Honnold – ‘How I Climbed a 3,000-Foot Vertical Cliff Without Ropes’

Simon Sinek – ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ (Start With Why)

Amy Cuddy – ‘Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are’

James Mickens – ‘Computers are a Sadness, I am the Cure’

Ethan Hawke – ‘Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative’

Brian Upton – ‘30 Things I Hate About Your Game Pitch’

Andrew Stanton – ‘The Clues to a Good Story’

Ken Robinson – ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’

Brene Brown – ‘The Power of Vulnerability’

Matthew Winkler – ‘What Makes a Hero?’

Ricky Gervais – How He Learned to Write

Malcolm Gladwell – ‘David and Goliath’

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Reservoir Dogs clip: ‘Commode Story’ (warning: contains profanity)

Jerry Seinfeld – ‘How to Write a Joke’

JJ Abrams – ‘The Mystery Box’

* Clearly it has no guards. Or any kind of security, to be honest. But I think ‘The Vault’ is a lot more interesting than ‘Useful Links and Resources’.


‘The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers’ – Christopher Vogler

‘Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway’ – Susan Jeffers

‘Do/Story’ – Bobette Buster

‘How to Write Everything’ by David Quantick

‘resonate’ and ‘slide:ology’ by Nancy Duarte

‘Level Up Your Life’ by Steve Kamb

‘You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life’ – Jen Sincero

‘Sales on a Beermat’ by Mike Southon and Chris West


Malcolm Gladwell – Revisionist History

Seth Godin – Akimbo

Articles and Websites

‘How to Move Your Presentation Audience With This Powerful Story Technique’ – Nancy Duarte

‘Hug the Monkey’ (with links to ‘Pet the Lizard’ and ‘Feed the Mouse’) – Rick Hanson

‘What Your 6 Favorite Movies Have in ‘Common’ – Sara McGuire

My Boris Story’ – Jeremy Vine

‘The Flash Drives’ – Seth Godin

‘The Hero’s Journey’ – wikipedia

Very British Problems Twitter account

PowerPoint Templates and Ideas

Here’s my Pinterest board with a ton of templates to get you inspired.

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