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Lost in Translation

I was recently in Dubai teaching Presentation Skills.  The fun part of this particular day was that a majority of the people in the room didn’t speak the same language as I did. How did we do it?  How did we communicate without words? Many ways but here are two that always work. 1. Body … Continued

Managing Nerves – Tools of the Presentation Trade – Part Two

So as I was saying… managing nerves when we present is all about truly managing them with a capital “M” and not trying to wish them away or pretend they’re not happening.  Read Part 1 for tips on how to do that. Here are additional tips on managing nerves: Troubleshooting: Always test the equipment.  Microphones … Continued

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

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