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Tips for presenting for scaredycats

By on May 8, 2017 in Public speaking | 0 comments

Here’s a tip: DON’T HUG THE SCREEN! DON’T FEAR THE SCREEN! It really is just a screen, no matter the size, no matter how many of them are behind you when you present, it’s just an inanimate object. It’s not you. Let’s think about this for a moment. What are some of the top fears you havewhen you’re preparing a presentation? Does this make sense? Do I know what I’m talking about? Will all my slides go in order/make sense/not screw up? You might have spent quite some time preparing your presentation, thinking about what to include, what to miss out, how to make it look good. You’ve hopefully spent a fair chunk of time rehearsing your presentation but often it’s going to be you and your laptop or you in your office, you and your cat as the audience (just me?), not necessarily you in the room you’re going to be presenting...

How to present when you’re a scaredycat

By on Apr 13, 2017 in Public speaking | 0 comments

I recently ran a 2hr Presenting for Scaredycats workshop as part of the fantastic Spring Forward Festival. I absolutely loved this workshop and the attendees did too. [View the story “Presenting for Scaredycats workshop” on Storify]

The power of the pause

By on Oct 14, 2015 in Business skills, Public speaking | 0 comments

You might have noticed a lack of blogging from me this year. This has been partly due to lots of projects which is great, but it’s also due to me working through a Foundation Certificate in Coaching Skills. This training has been a real eye opener for me and I highly recommend anyone thinking about adding coaching skills to their repertoire to look into this course. One of the biggies of the course has really been backing up what I’ve already been spreading the word on for years: Just how powerful a pause can be. Shutting up is a vital life skill that we all need to learn at some point in our busy lives. Conversations should always include you stopping for a sec, so that both you and the person you’re talking with can take in what you’ve just said. Shutting up now and then in conversation also means you avoid being a bore! No one enjoys conversations with...