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
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
Insects and bugs
Driving/Riding in a […]
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. […]
In the LaVanguardia newspaper today there is a fantastic interview with Howard Gardner (author of multiple intelligences theory).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]