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When you do need to ad-lib

Stick to what you planned to say… unless you need to improvise. Continue reading

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Speaking to the audience… and to the world beyond

It’s British party conference season and pundits are busy analysing politicians’ speeches, assessing the impact not only on those present in the auditorium but also on those watching and listening at home. Ever since these events started being broadcast, speakers … Continue reading

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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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Connect with your audience

Whether you suffer from glossophobia or embrace every opportunity to show off in front of as many people as possible, there is something about public speaking that resonates in the most primal part of the psyche. Ideally, addressing an audience … Continue reading

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Be a self-sufficient public speaker

Although from Samsung’s point of view it’s all extra publicity and although many of us will sympathise with the Hollywood film director who lost his nerve when the teleprompter failed, Michael Bay’s performance at this press conference is not one … Continue reading

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How to have a productive debate

What is the point of a debate? I’d say there are broadly three categories, with differing, though often overlapping, objectives. The first is a search for truth or the best way to proceed in a particular situation. Contributors from all … Continue reading

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