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Three reasons why you should refuse to speak in public …and one reason you should

There are three reasons you should say no: If you don’t know what you are talking about If you don’t know what you are talking about you’ve got three options – find someone who does, go find out more or decline to offer to speak. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? And yet, this is a point […]

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I speak twice a year (and even then I try to avoid it) – why don’t the nerves go away and why don’t I get any better?

Imagine you were just about to learn how to surf. ( if you are already an experienced surfer, then I am happy for you to comment on the accuracy of my analogy) You slip into your wet suit (doesn’t that make it sound easy!), grab your board and march determinedly towards the open sea. You […]

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I want to be me…but my personality flows out of my boots when I stand up to speak

What do you think of when you think of a presenter?  What images do you come across when you search for ‘presenter? Nine times out of ten, we think of booted and suited, behind a lectern, against a background of slides and of course smooth, suave and confident! Sometimes, that is what presenting is but […]

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I’m ok one to one…it’s just when I stand up to speak in public when it goes pear-shaped!

If I had a pound for the number of times people said to me, ‘ I am fine talking one to one with people, it’s just the thought of standing up and speaking to groups that send me into a tizzy…”, I’d be a very rich woman! What is it do you think, that makes […]

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How to give the best presentation – ever

I attended an event where I heard one of the best presentations I’ve heard for a long time. It wasn’t a professional speaker. It wasn’t very long. And it wasn’t especially professional. But it did three things: It engaged me from the get-go and I never once lost attention The speaker reached out to me […]

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How do you handle nerves in a presentation…just tell them to go away?

It took me by surprise.  One minute I was feeling pleasantly excited, anticipating.  And the next? Bang. Pow. Whop. Fear like I haven’t felt since I abseiled down a tall building.  Or did my first stand up. It’s not unusual to get nervous before standing up to speak in front of others.  In fact, I’d go so far […]

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thinking on your feet

How to think on your feet when speaking in public

It’s your worst nightmare. You are delivering your important presentation. It’s all going to plan. You are on a roll. And then a member of the audience asks you a question left of field. Or you are asked to deliver your twenty minute speech in fifteen because there’s been an over run. Or there is […]

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