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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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Navel Gazing Tools!
Presentation Skills

Making an Entrance: Ta Daa!

How To Stand Out From the Crowd How do you make your presentation memorable and stand out in a long day of conference speeches? “Ta Daa!” Introducing, YOU! And in you come dancing to a funky soundtrack, boa feather trailing behind, your newly shaved head reflecting the strobe lights… is this the kind of big entrance you’d like to make

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Should I Sit or Stand When I Speak?
Body Language

Should I Sit or Stand When I Speak?

Use Body Language To Talk In Your Favour “Should I sit or stand when I speak?” As a speaking coach, I am often asked this question. The decision to sit or stand sends a body language message about your conscious and unconscious intentions toward your listeners. Be clear about whether you need to establish authority, build credibility, increase connection, invite

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Easy Self Introductions
Networking

Easy Self Introductions for People Who Loathe Introducing Themselves

6 Ways To Creatively Introduce Yourself In 30 Painless Seconds Picture This: You are at a workshop. The Facilitator announces: “Self Introductions!” She gives everyone 30 seconds. She’d like to start with… don’t freak out… you. Yes, you! I have written so often about “How To Confidently Introduce Yourself” that this time, I have created a 20 page EBook which explains how

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Video Activism Needs Introverts
Introverts

Video: Activism Needs Introverts

TED Talk by Sarah Corbett Activism and public speaking roles traditionally favour loud confident extrovert personalities, willing to beat the door down to be heard. Think of street fundraisers who boldly approach for donations and brush off rejection and disinterest like dandruff on a collar. 50% of the population identify as introverts. Introverts want to contribute but often struggle to

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Calm Under Pressure

Public Speaking Fear Begone!

A Speaking Fear Relaxation Exercise That Really Works So many public speaking fear exercises out there… which one to choose and which one is right for you? A solution feels like a good fit when it exactly addresses the specific problem. In other words, you don’t just have anxiety, you have “public speaking anxiety”. If you apply a generic formula,

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Write your Speech With A Kiss
Presentation Skills

Write Your Speech With A Kiss

And Make Your Speech Flow Ever listened to a presentation that didn’t flow or make sense? What it needed, was a KISS. To clearly link your ideas and emphasise major points or direction changes, write your speech with a kiss. The KISS principle is of course: “Keep It Simple, Silly.” A KISS efficiently tells your audience what you are doing

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The Art Of Audience: Know To Whom You Speak
Audience

The Art Of Audience: Know To Whom You Speak

If you thought giving a talk was about you, think again! No matter how scintillating your information, if it’s not a perfect fit for your audience, they won’t hear you or your words. While you have opportunity to influence when you speak, you don’t have total control. Audiences have free will! They can stay, leave, come back and these days

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Fight Flight Freeze Flirt
Fear & Anxiety

Feel Fear Speak Anyway

L Plates For Learner Speakers Most years I run a specialised Public Speaking Retreat for 6 women. And every year I get asked the same question: “If I attend the Retreat, will I have to speak?” Ummm; yes! Not So Red Faced I once worked with a woman who successfully avoided speaking to her staff en masse for 5 years. Just the

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Self-conscious And Loving It!
Confidence

Self-Conscious And Loving It!

Finding Yourself Out the Front of Your Life Recently I asked a friend for feedback on an aspect of my behaviour. I badgered her. She deflected. I badgered again. She gave in and chose her words with care. And horror of horrors I did not like what I heard. I reckon I did a pretty good job of appearing nonchalant.

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