Are you stuck in the Speaking Cycle of Fear?

Are you stuck in the Speaking Cycle of Fear?

A couple of days ago, my friend Sarah messaged me for some advice. In her new role, she has been asked to present to the board. Her exact words were: “I’m really hoping I get hit by a bus or something so I don’t have to go”. And she wasn’t joking. Sarah isn’t alone in...

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How can you stop umming and aahing so much?

How can you stop umming and aahing so much?

I was recently interviewed, for a Podcast, about public speaking – general advice on how to engage; how to feel confident; and so on. The interviewer, Andy, commented that I didn’t seem to “um and ah” very much, and, on listening back to the recording, a realised he’s...

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How not to fret that you’re going to forget!

How not to fret that you’re going to forget!

Lots of people worry that they are going to forget their words when they’re giving a speech or presentation. And it’s a valid fear: when we’re nervous, we often experience the terror of our mind going blank (I still have anxiety dreams about this from my acting days)....

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Mindset Matters: Choose Love!

Mindset Matters: Choose Love!

With three children in the house, there’s normally someone having a meltdown. Quite often, me! But last night was my daughter’s turn. She couldn’t find her school iPad in her bag. Within five seconds she was crying - completely catastrophising the situation: “I can’t...

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How to finish your interview with style

How to finish your interview with style

The end of an interview can be a relief, especially if you’ve been feeling the pressure, but don’t switch off too soon. For as long as you’re in the room, or on the call, they can see you – and that means they’re making judgements of you. Your departure must be as...

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Presentation Pitfalls, and how to avoid falling in to them

Presentation Pitfalls, and how to avoid falling in to them

My clients learn how to structure, and deliver, a brilliant presentation. They know how to identify their key message; the language they need to use to inspire and persuade; how to use storytelling…They know how important it is not to waste the opportunity. If you’ve...

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