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How can I handle my nerves?

How can I handle my nerves?

Q: I’ve got a big presentation coming up at work. How can I handle my nerves? Whenever you make a presentation or speak to a group, internal barriers often present the biggest obstacle to success. Many people experience a lack of self-confidence when presenting in front of superiors or large groups. In some cases, these […]

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What is the key to making a great presentation?

As soon as people learn that I am a presentation skills trainer, the question I’m most often asked is: “What is the one thing that makes for a great presentation?” Sometimes it’s the reverse: “What is the most common mistake speakers make?” (How you pose the question is quite revealing about your attitude to public […]

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“How do I choose the right presentation trainer for my company?”

Maybe you have a big presentation coming up. Or perhaps someone on your team needs to freshen up their presentation style in order to meet sales targets. Some people struggle with staying on topic (and on time!). Others need to work on handling Q & A, or integrating visuals. People’s needs are diverse, but in […]

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Projecting with Power

Fake it till you make it…. When I work with quiet, shy or restrained speakers and I push them to project more forcefully….sometimes…. once they feel that energy  they understand what it feels like to take it to the next level and they like it. In fact they love it. And at the same time […]

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Revealing the full picture

“Release” is a monumental sculpture to Nelson Mandela situated at the site in South Africa where he was arrested in 1962. The sculpture is made of 50 steel columns whose arrangement appears random from most angles. However, about 115 feet in front of the sculpture, the columns align to form an image of Mandela’s face. […]

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Eliminating “ums”

One of the most distracting habits during a presentation is when a speaker peppers the presentation with “ums”. It is an unfortunate habit. Speakers are seldom aware of it. Audiences become obsessed with counting it. It’s a nagging problem. And it can be a major distraction in an otherwise decent, intelligent presentation. So what can […]

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Captured by a smile; an engaging presence

Dining at Tasha’s in Johannesburg is always a delightful experience but a recent visit was a particularly memorable one. Simply stated – we had the most charming, engaging, attentive waiter ever. What did he do that made us feel so special? His whole face lit up with his broad white smile, he leaned ever so […]

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Dry Mouth Dilemma

Do you recognize this scenario? You start to walk to the podium and you suddenly feel panicked that you have an extremely dry mouth and you’re expected to deliver a speech in a minute! Has this ever happened to you? Or you gulp uncomfortably to clear your throat just when you ought to be saying […]

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Power of Presence

What is this thing called “Presence”? Is it a vibe? A star quality? Charisma? It is an elusive quality for sure – but we know it when we see it. Are we born with it or can we acquire it? I believe, both. But we can cultivate it. “Command presence” is a term that was […]

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Capture the moment

A large billboard loomed over the Mumbai sea link. It displayed a dashing cricketer in action and the quote: One second to play the perfect shot, a lifetime to bask in its glory.” ~ Tata I was on my way to deliver a Presentation Training program in Mumbai and instantly I thought “Ah, how relevant – […]

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