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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Nurture your inner writer. Creative writing pursuits can be lonely.

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I have been spending time talking about the technical aspects of writing and speaking.  But I have not forgotten the creative side of writing as well.  It can be a lonely place when you sit in front of your computer, tablet or quill and ink and say I am a writer. I encourage you all to explore that wonderful inner place of creativity as well.  Look for groups, clubs, courses or programs that will connect you with like-minded creative people. I...

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Public speaking is not fatal! Six essential weapons to fight the fear of presenting in public.

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How would you describe your last experience of public speaking?  Woeful?  A toe-curling horror story?  Death by powerpoint?  A blank anxious stare? Fear of looking like an idiot seems to be a large part of the emotions stirring in people’s hearts and minds when they step up to speak. For me, stepping up to speak is the very last point in the process. Here are the six stages that I have been using and training clients to use for nearly 30 years....

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Who puts the fear in Public Speaking? Three essential tips to improve your public speaking skills.

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What are your feelings when you get up to speak in public? I am using the widest possible sense of ‘public’ here – it can mean just one person too. Do your palms sweat, your throat dries out and all those words you knew have fled your mind? It is a very common condition for many people. Fear seems to be the overwhelming emotion being generated. Would you agree? Let’s break this down into its painful elements: fear of looking like an idiot...

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