How to avoid your writing getting ‘all messed up’

writing starts with focus and structure

Today’s writing tip comes from the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, when Christopher Robin said: “Organization is what you do before you do it, so when you do it, it’s not all messed up.” When it comes to writing, organization starts with focus and structure. Both focus and structure are vital if you are to avoid getting …

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Presence: a game-changer for presenters and speakers

six tips to help with your next presentation

One quality above all others puts presenters and speakers on the fast track to success… and that is presence. Of course you need good content and good presentation skills. But if you have presence you have that extra dollop of special sauce that makes your message resonate with audiences. Washington DC-based leadership coach Kristi Hedges, …

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Understanding and coping with fear of speaking in public

coming to terms with fear of speaking in public

The fear of speaking in public was spelled out to me this week by someone who has something important to say, but is prevented from saying it by performance anxiety. In a very honest conversation, the person told me how stage fright stopped them from sharing their expertise with audiences. This person felt acutely aware …

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Why physical exercise matters for speakers

Performance is strongly correlated with confidence. There haven’t been many public speeches that went down in the history books delivered by someone who looked or sounded uncertain. How you feel plays a big role in how confident you are. If you are tired from poor sleep, hungry from not eating enough of the right foods, …

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