Category Archive for "Training"

Nervous? Dont calm down, get excited!

We all get nervous before an important presentation and I’m often asked about ways to overcome nervousness before we present. Most try to eliminate the anxiety by calming down but, as research shows, this is the worse possible option. The research, out of Harvard Business School and published in the esteemed “Journal of Experimental Psychology”, took on the subject of re-framing anxiety to either calmness or excitement prior to presenting. The results produced a statistically significant improvement in performance along…

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How can this image change the way you present?

Lots of people know what they should do. They know what they should do to lose weight, they know what they should do to retire comfortably or that know that they should give up smoking…and I sure they know what they should do to do that. In fact, on a day to day basis, whether personal or business, none of us seems to be short of knowledge about what we should do, so why can some people do these things and…

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Always make it worth your audience’s time

November 30, 2015

I gave a “TedX” style presentation entitled “Presenting to Investors” at an Australiasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) conference last week.  I was the fourth, and last, speaker of the group and the only one who didn’t do a 15 minute advertisement for my company or product. Surprisingly, some of the speakers were not as effective as they could have been, because: They read their speech.  I believe at this level you either need to do more practice, get some training, or give the…

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