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Dealing with the psychological effects of fear before a presentation, interview or negotiation

By |May 2nd, 2016|

Last week I wrote about the physiological effects of fear that many people (at least the people with bodies) experience before a presentation, negotiation or interview. Today I want to have a look at the common psychological consequences of fear.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – the most important thing to overcome fear and […]

Tactical Email – Keeping your inbox empty and your mind free to concentrate on the important stuff

By |April 25th, 2016|

Imagine you are at home and outside your house there is an old-fashioned letterbox, the kind you see in American movies. You are working on something very important in your study and yet every five minutes you get up and go outside to see if any mail has arrived. You take out the letters and […]

How to deal with the physiological effects of nervousness before a presentation, interview or negotiation

By |April 25th, 2016|

Once again this week I saw someone refer to the “fact” that public speaking is people’s number one fear, even greater then sickness, death and loneliness. The source for this factoid is The Book of Lists by David Wallechinksy et al., published in 1977. The full list is:

Speaking before a group
Heights
Insects and bugs
Financial problems
Deep water
Sickness
Death
Flying
Loneliness
Dogs
Driving/Riding in a […]

Is advice from TED about making presentations any good?

By |April 22nd, 2016|

TED curator Chris Anderson has this week released a video called “TED’s Secret to Great Public Speaking”. Is his advice any good and can you apply it to making presentations at work?

The video is 8 minutes long and very nicely made with classy graphics, Chris’s resonant voice and some impactful footage from real TED talks. […]

Howard Gardner on Learning, Philosophy and Communication

By |April 11th, 2016|

In the LaVanguardia newspaper today there is a fantastic interview with Howard Gardner (author of multiple intelligences theory).

http://www.lavanguardia.com/lacontra/20160411/401021583313/una-mala-persona-no-llega-nunca-a-ser-buen-profesional.html

 It’s in Spanish, but here are the best quotes (in bold) with my thoughts underneath:

“I have discovered that there are some people who are very good at solving problems, but bad at explaining them. And there are other […]

How to rehearse your presentation when alone and also with others

By |April 7th, 2016|

Everyone gets nervous when they present, even professional speakers. Being nervous reminds you that what you are doing is important. Remember, a presentation is (or should be) an important event – a one-hour presentation to 20 colleagues isn’t taking up one hour of time, its consuming 20 hours of your organisation’s productivity.
The most important thing […]

Don’t speak about yourself at the beginning – 5 parts to a great presentation opening

By |April 2nd, 2016|

Most people begin their presentations by talking about themselves and why the audience should listen to them. However, the audience won’t be interested in WHO you are until they know WHAT you will be speaking about. In this short video that lasts less then 7 minutes, I explain the 5 parts of a great opening, and in […]

Record yourself on camera in order to become a better presenter – but turn the sound off!

By |January 14th, 2016|

Recording yourself on video is one of the best ways to improve your presentations skills. And yet very few people do it. Why? I think it’s because they don’t like to see themselves on camera. They sound and look different from the image they have of themselves. But to be a good presenter you need […]

How to brainstorm alone – try this proven method that only takes 10 minutes

By |January 14th, 2016|

There are many books and articles about how to brainstorm with a group. But what about when you are alone? And you need to get some new ideas fast? I have been using a method for the last seven years in my workshops and also for myself, that has proven time and again to be […]

Get your hands out of your pockets – how to use your hands when presenting

By |January 14th, 2016|

In this 6-minute video I go over the most important do’s and don’ts of using your hands when presenting. I look at common mistakes such as keeping your hands in your pockets, having a pen in your hand and touching your face while speaking.