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practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect – or does it? Alternative view for preparing for presentations.

Practice makes perfect. It makes sense then, to be careful what you practice. This phrase made me stop and think when I read it in ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff ‘ by  Richard Carlson recently. Because for many years when people have said that to get better at presenting you need to practice,(after all practice […]

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born to present

Were you born to present…or have you honed your craft?

  Were you born to present…or have you honed your craft? Ever been so sure of something only to have started to tell someone else and find yourself speaking gobbledegook? Ever thought you knew something back to front and sideways only to find you can’t make someone else understand? Ever struggled to put across something […]

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energetic

Oh how we hate making a fool of ourselves! Lessons for adding some oomph into our presentations.

Working with a client recently reminded me of doing a jigsaw puzzle. We had most of the pieces there but it wasn’t quite making the full picture! The words were there (carefully crafted, elegantly sequenced, engagingly engineered).                             The will was there […]

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perspective

Yeah – but so what? Why should I listen further?

I was working with a client the other day on a major presentation for them. He outlined the content as it existed in his thoughts so far ( nothing shaped, crafted or created as yet) and asked for my feedback. ‘great content in essence’ I replied, “But…where is the perspective? What are you expecting the audience […]

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introvert

Don’t even try to be someone else…finding your true voice when delivering presentations

I have been working with a private client recently and he has had an interesting dilemma. For many years he has been overshadowed by his louder, dynamic, extroverted colleague when it comes to speaking in meetings, delivering presentations and representing the organisation to clients, journalists and other interested parties.  For many years this has been […]

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mask

Oh no not another professional robot speaking! – how to be a personable and professional presenter

One of the questions I am often asked about presenting is how to allow your personality to shine through but at the same time remain professional and in control. In fact someone said to me the other day that he was very much aware that when he spoke up in presentations, all his personality drained […]

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