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Managing Nerves – Tools of the Presentation Trade – Part One

I have been speaking in front of groups for over 20 years!  I have seen the cold steely eyes of an audience put to sleep by a series of dull PowerPoint presentations.  People nervously reading off a slide, mumbling half audibly into a microphone or pacing like an expectant father.  By the time it’s my … Continued

Presentation preparation – the best cure for pre-match nerves

We’ve all be there, a big meeting coming, a presentation in front of co-workers, a special someone who makes your throat close when you go near them.  Anxiety and nerves are normal when you have to put yourself out or expose yourself in some way.  Trust me, unless you’re presenting in front of people everyday, … Continued

Self Awareness: Recognizing all your strengths

In the new book The Art of Doing: How Super Achievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well, the authors argue that the single common thread of effectiveness and productivity amongst diverse do-ers such as Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh and high-wire artist Philippe Petit is a strong quality of self-awareness. We … Continued

Using video to help improve your presentation skills

O wad some pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An foolish notion… – Robert Burns, To a louse In the 19th century, when Burns was writing, seeing yourself as others see you was something you could only fantasise about. But these … Continued

Top Tip: Mouth Gym – Articulation

The Sixth Sick Sheik’s Sixth Sheep’s Sick… Tongue-twisters are a great, fun way to practice articulation and deal with problem sounds. If you stumble over your Ps, why not practice the old Peter Piper routine. I found when I started using tongue-twisters they really helped my confidence as much as my pronunciation. If you like … Continued

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