Are your clothes visible when you are speaking in public?

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I posted this observation on my Facebook page 26 May 2015. As I buttoned the cuffs on a currently white shirt this morning, I looked at the shoes I had chosen to wear (scuffed black). As I reached for the easy apply no mess shoe polish (black), a voice from somewhere yelled – are you mad? Since there was no-one else in the room I believe I was channelling at least one of my friends similarly blessed with the talent of falling over...

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Public speaking – will you ever do it again?

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I am sitting here munching on a piece of failed banana bread – yes the images are mine! I was considering what I needed to do to bake it successfully next time. This was the first attempt with the combination of this recipe, this loaf tin and this oven.                 Next time I make this banana bread, the ingredients will be the same – maybe one less banana, the loaf tin will be the same and the oven but I will NOT turn it out...

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A note to sing or bring – speaking in public.

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How much would you pay to see yourself delivering a speech? Watching this fabulous TED talk from Tania de Jong AM is time well spent.  She discusses what actually happens when you sing with other people. Any event where you are expected to perform in public can be a source of anxiety. Tania offers a wonderful alternative point of reference. She asks us to broaden our experience and fill up our tool box with ways to live life creatively and with...

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Grab Your Testosterone to fight your fear of public speaking!

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SUPER HEROES When I introduce my clients to a number of physical techniques to overcome their fear of public speaking, I know many of them are sure I am stark raving mad.  Particularly the one about the Super Hero pose to increase confidence. Amy Cuddy, in this fabulous TED talk, explains the science behind those Super Hero poses and how effective they can be in making a real change in your responses to life.               I am narrowing that...

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Your Elevator Pitch.  Is it a leap or a shrug? 

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How memorable is your elevator pitch? What is your response when someone strolls up at a networking function and asks the obligatory ‘What do you do?’.  The expectation is that you deliver your elevator pitch.  So let’s take an honest look at yours. How does yours stand out?  Is it a Toyota leap or an apologetic shrug? Wikipedia gives us one definition of an elevator pitch:  a short summary used to quickly and simply define a...

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What does your voice sound like? Tips to speak more clearly.

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  What does your voice sound like?  Did you know that the sounds you hear when you speak are not the same as the one people hear? The voice you hear has the vibrations through bone in your skull added in – obviously people hear the sound of your voice without that added extra! What sort of voice you have been given? the throbbing drone of a Mongolian throat singer? the squeak of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ? the annoying whine of a chain saw? or...

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