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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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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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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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The Downton effect

Upscale and lowbrow – how does this relate to effective presentations? The Downton Abbey attraction speaks to our fascination with the elegance and refined presence of that elevated lifestyle. But at the same time, what keeps us tuning in week after week is that we feel connected to the stories – the human dramas and […]

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Touch, Pause, Engage

The strategy to prepare and engage in play…or a presentation! Any self-respecting rugby fan would recognize the phrase “touch, pause, engage”. This refers to the essential strategy in the scrum when players prepare to engage in action. In a rugby match, in that moment before the scrum, the teams line up opposing each other. The […]

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The Power of the Pause

What you can’t get on twitter is “silence” or the “tone of voice”. During an interview on Charlie Rose, George Stephanopoulos commented on the limitations of twitter; how important it is to be able to read the silences in a conversation, plus the pauses and personal tone, which can influence a message. Twitter can’t substitute […]

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Speaking with royal authority

My logo is a gold crown because I believe that the most powerful speakers command attention and engage their audiences with confidence and leadership – and project a touch of royal authority. Of course, there are many other ways to connect with an audience, drawing upon your individual strengths and style. Each moment on the […]

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