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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Would you like fries with that? Only questions really need a rising inflection at the end.

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I know, I know late again! Day #9 blog that is being posted on day 10. I was listening to a groups of teenagers speaking with each other the other day and I was jerked into socio-linguist mode for the first time in many years. When I was a furry Masters student at Australian National University , there was a paper presented by a friend of mine – more about her in a minute – where she discussed the possible reasons for upward inflection at the...

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