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I’ll buy my own wine thank you – and other reasons why we should be standing up and speaking up

She stood there her mind blank. This was the time for her to speak, wasn’t it? It felt like the right moment. But what to say? And how to start? For Catherine, at that moment, there was an opportunity to stand up and speak out…but she bottled it. In the absence of knowing what to […]

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Pancakes and possibilities

I made pancakes for breakfast yesterday. They were delicious even if I say so myself. But up until recently, I couldn’t make them for the life of me. I’d pour the batter in the pan, try to stop it from sticking, try to flip and nearly always ended up with some sort of unappetising scrambled […]

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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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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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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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Presentations in disguise – are you wearing camouflage?

It is tempting isn’t it…if we have the Big Presentation coming up, the one that matters, the one where it is critical that all goes well – to include all that we know. After all, we want to be credible. We need people to know that we know. But the more information we include the […]

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