Archive | Confidence

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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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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When your very job depends on it…(presenting under pressure)

It’s the ultimate double whammy isn’t it? A job interview that includes a presentation. Not only are you having to demonstrate how you match the skills, experience and knowledge the interviewer is looking for. You also then have to stand and deliver a formal presentation in an entirely artificial setting to an audience who have […]

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Speaking Lessons from Photography..

Just recently I have taken part in a photography challenge Let’s get a few things out in the open first: I am no photographer! I like snapping away on the iPhone (like many of you I suspect) but until recently I was a point and snap type of gal. My camera (Nikon 1) did all […]

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