Exactly who is Ernie?
Founder of StoryTelling Corner. A not-for-profit organisation offering a stage for performers.
Professional Speaker at Toastmasters International - Communication & Leadership Experts
Shiatsu Therapist & T'ai Chi Coach at Balance-Health & Fitness
Student at Native American Flutes
Ernie Boxall is a keynote speaker, coach and mentor who works with business owners, employees and the public on their presentations to groups and management boards. Ernie says “Communication is the key to improving profit, productivity and social balance.”
Do the words ‘Booming heart rate, Anxiety and Dread’ describe your emotions before speaking? Everyone knows that’s BAD for business and life.
Working with Ernie and his team on ‘Turn Up - Stand Up - Speak Up' will give you the tips and techniques to overcome your fears and deliver presentations with the impact your skills deserve.
SAID helps people feel great, move with more freedom and find their creative side, so that they have the vitality to get on with living a life they love.
Having struggled with shyness, weight and skeletal problems and then dealt with their effects, he know what it's like to have issues with self-esteem and the sense of satisfaction when overcoming these barriers. Ernie was not born to be on the stage, but now:
Currently, Ernie delivers keynotes on network presentations within the business community. His '60 Second Presentations...Your Audio Business Card' and workshops help people improve their self-esteem and profits through the 4 P's of Preparation, Practice, Posture and Presentation for both business and personal benefits. He has featured on podcasts with Doug Foresta, Michael Eger, Debra Costanzo, Kevin Appleby, Gary Foster, Gary Jones and on local radio with Mark Sephton & Lianne Kate-Green.
The aim of the 'Speaking Academy for Inspired Dialogue' is to change those emotional words into ‘Comfortable-Confident-Impact’ and that spells GOOD in anyone’s book!
“But if you want to explore being the best you can be, feel fantastic and stay well for years to come, drop me a line. I love what I do; I live it and I'm happy to discuss it!”
“As a member of 'Toastmasters International' I love presenting my ideas and writing speeches and poems, writing short stories and riding my 125 Suzuki in the country, walking (now I can)and playing the Native American Flute.
Specialities: Speaking, Coaching, Mentoring, Performing and Writing.
Comparing Speaking to Boxing:
6 Rounds Of Championship Speaking.
No one who steps through the ropes of a boxing ring is a coward. No one who steps onto the stage (podium) is a coward. You might not be a very good boxer, but once you put a foot inside those ropes no one has the right to call you a coward. You may not be a world champion speaker.
No one who stands up to speak and opens their mouth for that first word is a coward, they may never finish a fight with a championship presentation, but the act of stepping into the arena sets you apart from most of society. You have shown up for the fight.
The hardest part of training is getting out of the chair. Most boxers would rather fight than train. Training is hard, sick inducing, gut wrenching physical torture. But no matter how hard it is the hardest part is often getting out of the chair to get to the gym. “I’ll just….” “After I finish…” “Just one more….”
The hardest part of speaking is often standing up from the chair and taking the first step. Many speakers can find a hundred things to do before they sit down in the chair, and take that first look at the piece of paper which holds their presentation.
Once in the gym the boxer is committed to 60-90-120 minutes of hard work. Each section of the work is pre planned and subject only to the clock. 6 x 2 minute skipping with 30 second breaks: 3 x 1 minute on the Heavy bag and 30 seconds break: Sparring 6 x 3 minute rounds with a minutes rest. The boxer’s session is totally under control.
The professional speaker has to have the same discipline every time they show up at an event. It is the discipline of practicing the presentation over a preset number of words which makes the difference.
Every boxer has a trainer. An older figure with experience of the fight game and how to become a better fighter than you were when you first walked up those rickety stairs and opened the door into the sweat stained, liniment smelling room. The trainer knows your every strength and weakness and decides on what to work on in any specific session.
Most speakers have a mentor whether physical or virtually. Someone they can turn to for guidance throughout their careers, someone who not only knows their strength as speakers but also their weaknesses. Someone who can say today we’re going to work on your Turning up, your Standing up and your Speaking up.
Every boxer has a manager. Someone who can organize the fights, the venues, the fees and the opponents. The manager makes sure the boxer is being trained by the right trainer, gets the right opponent in the right location and for the right price to advance the career.
The speaker has an agent or is self-managed. The criteria is the same. Are you following the structure set by your mentor? Are you in the right place at the right time to complete a project? Are you being booked into the right speaking/business events or the right market for your style of speaking? Are you asking the right questions?
The big night. All the preparation has been done the manager has set the fee for the fight and the trainer has prepared the fighter to the best of their ability and the venue is ready. The fighter leaves the dressing room, gloved up and in their own particular favorite clothes. The music plays as they make their way to the ring and the ropes appear. The crowd cheer their encouragement as the fighter climbs through the ropes and begins to dance around the ring. Their opponent appears and makes the same journey. In the ring they face each other as the referee gives them the final rules of battle. The bell rings.
The speaker has prepared for the session, the room awaits but first there is the final self-instruction. The ideas mapped out. Dressed for work the speaker waits at the door of the event. The audience is ready, the encouragement of the mentor in the ears, the speaker steps over the threshold and moves to the centre of the room where they can be seen by all. The final re-run of the bullet points: Why Me? Why You? Why This? Why Now? The speaker stands, makes eye contact for the first time, takes a breath and throws the first punch.
“Good morning I am…
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