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Presenting: How to react when you make a mistake

  Its many people’s worst nightmare – making a mistake whilst giving a presentation. Remembering points, trying to use body language, it can all get on top of you, especially if you’re an inexperienced presenter or are giving a complicated presentation. Don’t worry. Everyone makes mistakes when giving presentations, even the best. It’s how you … Continued

Executive Presence: Speaking With Conviction

A simple step to speaking with conviction is the elimination of low status words and phrases. Kind of Sort of Just (as in “I just want to suggest”)   To be clear, in everyday casual communication, there is nothing wrong with any of these words. But when you want to speak with conviction, the words … Continued

Kinaesthetic Presentations

It’s easy to think that presentations are all about what you do aurally, but anyone familiar with Working Voices no doubt knows that body language is incredibly important too. Perhaps just as important is the ability to connect kinaesthetically with your audience. Essentially that means using body language not just to back up what you’re … Continued

Know What You’re Saying Before You Present

Yesterday on UK breakfast television, something went wrong, if only a little wrong. Whilst presenting the national weather, long time BBC weather report Carol Kirkwood seemingly pressed her plunger one time too many, resulting in the temperature chart reverting to default. 99 degrees Celsius was predicted to engulf the country. Having lived in England all … Continued

Gerrit Zahn’s Corporate Values

Everyone likes to talk about values, don’t they? Especially in corporate leadership roles. But so many values statements sound bland, boring and frankly unmemorable. Gerrit Zahn, chairman of the Dutch megabank ABN AMRO (and a former finance minister), has always taken an innovative approach to this sort of thing. Here’s a clip of him delivering … Continued

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