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You Me Speaking Ratio
Audience

It’s Not Me, It’s YOU

Get The Right ‘You Me’ Speaking Ratio Have you ever wondered why some people have the power to galvanise you into action? What these people get right is their use of the You Me Speaking Ratio when they communicate. Excessive use of “I” and “me” turns listeners off quick-smart.  I love the joke about the actress who says: “Enough about

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How to Embrace Audience Applause
Audience

How To Embrace Audience Applause

Yes! Those Claps Are For You That glorious moment has arrived! You have finished your speech. Oh, the relief of making it through without a major stuff up. Of course, there was that moment when you stumbled and words evaporated into a curious blankness. Hopefully your face did not betray your bewilderment… Though, you thought you glimpsed a confused look

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How To Handle Audience Drama Queens
Calm Under Pressure

How To Handle Audience Drama Queens

“Difficult” Is In The Eye Of the Beholder Knowing how to handle audience Drama Queens , Know It Alls and Power Players rapidly catapults your skill in sensitively working with groups and workshops. I tend to give so called “difficult” people a long rope unless the integrity or safety of the group is threatened. Handle each challenging situation from the beginning with strong

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Wake Up Your Listeners
Presentation Skills

Wake Up Your Listeners!

Banish Boredom With Stories Oh dear. It’s your turn to present. You hope it’s not going to be too boring. Treasurer’s Report. Working Party Analysis. Policy Revision Announcements. Facts. Figures. Data. Your shoulders droop in anticipation of everyone’s boredom, including your own. But wait! There is a simple way to wake up your listeners! Turn Boring Into Compelling Facts and figures

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Introverts and Extroverts
Introverts

Introverts and Extroverts: Who Makes A Better Speaker?

Introverts and Extroverts Have Their Own Advantages Extroverts and introverts make outrageous assumptions that public speaking is a walk in the park for extroverts. They’ve got all that confident outgoing energy, verbal gymnastics and think fast on their feet, don’t they? Not so. Extroverts may be more willing to jump up and talk in front of a group, but they

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Inner Calm No Public Speaking Alarm
Calm Under Pressure

Inner Calm No Public Speaking Alarm

6 Minutes a Day & You’re Away The first few days of a silent meditation retreat, I want to run. I feel twitchy. How can something as simple as sitting still cause so much agitation? My mind goes into hyper drive. I need a cup of coffee. And a cupcake to go with it. Then what about that gardening idea

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Love of Words
Listening & Pausing

Love of Words

Get Your Vocal Groove On I have a love of words and come from a word-lovin’ family. Jokes were pun-based, semantics quibbled and the dictionary at hand to clarify and demystify. Those who regularly read my articles will notice I can’t resist the allure of alliteration or a light rhyme. It’s not intentional, my brain, trained early, sits happily in

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The Perfection Trap: how to find beauty in our flaws
Authenticity

The Perfection Trap

How To Find Beauty In Your Flaws I was watching day time TV. The world champions of ice skating whizzed around the rink. The magical whirls, the fantastical costumes and above all, the search for the perfect “10”. Like most competitive sports, only First Place is venerated. Crushing disappointment for everyone else. I saw it in their crumbled faces, dejected

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