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Public Speaking: Beware of ad-libbing

Whether it’s a best-man speech, an account of your department’s activity over the past month or a pitch for new business, if you’re remotely nervous about it, stick to what you planned to say and don’t go ad-libbing. Even if … Continue reading

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Questions are good!

If you dread the Question-and-Answer session at the end of your presentation, this post is for you. Not everyone does: many of my clients tell me they feel more comfortable during the interactive part because they can give straight answers … Continue reading

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Nervousness: elephant or gorilla?

As you begin your speech or presentation, if your hands and knees are shaking and your voice is a bit unsteady, is it better to acknowledge this publicly or not?  Is this an elephant in the room, similar to the missing … Continue reading

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When it’s a gorilla!

If you’re reading this before you’ve looked at my previous post, When is an elephant not an elephant?, I suggest you take a couple of minutes to read/watch that one first – and perhaps the one before it as well. … Continue reading

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When is an elephant not an elephant?

Before I tell you when I think an elephant is not an elephant, I’d like to do a little experiment.  It doesn’t take long, it’s perfectly safe, it’s quite fun and it’s interesting, so please feel free to take part. … Continue reading

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The elephant in the room

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room.  This is good advice in public speaking: if something is calling the audience’s attention and distracting them from what you’re saying, it’s much better to acknowledge it than to pretend it’s not there. My … Continue reading

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