Controlling nervousness
You can make the butterflies in your stomach when you speak fly in formation

One of the questions most frequently asked about public speaking is how to overcome nervousness.  A quote I really connect with I read in a book by Paul McGee, The SUMO Guy, a favourite speaker and author of mine.  It goes “you can’t get rid of the butterflies, but you can teach them to fly […]

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Choose to Challenge

It’s been great to see that a lot of people have been thinking about International Women’s Day this year. It has triggered some really interesting conversations.  So much of the problem with inequality between men and women is not conscious, not intentional. It is ingrained in society.  That’s why it is important to talk about […]

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Why having an MC matters (Virtual Events 4)

Following on from my previous blog about audience interaction and engagement, I want to highlight just how influential an MC can be.  They have the power to set the tone, engage the audience and facilitate the smooth running of the event. Many of these insights come from the larger scale events I’ve attended – conferences […]

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Audience Engagement (Virtual Events 3)

We attend events for a variety of reasons – to learn something, to be entertained, to meet people.  Often it’s a combination of these things.  If you are bringing people together for anything other than a purely information conveying webinar, your participants are likely to want to be able to interact with the speakers and […]

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Tech Set-Up (Virtual Events 2)

My first article on virtual events was about preparation. Related to this, is preparing and operating the tech you are going to use. Firstly, you need to research and choose the most appropriate platform. Then learn how to use it effectively. A disclaimer: I am not an overly techy person.  I know and can do […]

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Preparation (Virtual Events 1)

It’s coming up to a year since we all moved to virtual events.  Over that time I’ve attended innumerable webinars, training sessions, meetings and conferences.  Some have been huge, with hundreds of attendees.  Some have had just a handful.  I’ve been involved as a participant, as part of the organising team and as a trainer.  […]

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Realising Your Strength – Part 2

After writing my blog last year about yoga, practicing a skill and realising your strengths, I decided to see what I could do about my lack of knowledge of how to headstand.  At the time I’d been regularly practicing yoga for over a year, but at that time had put headstands in the “too hard” […]

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Reflections on 2020

2020 wasn’t the year anyone was expecting.  It was certainly an interesting time to pivot career.  In some ways though, perhaps it was the perfect time.  If ever there was a time to undertake a lot of learning, the year in which I had a lot more time on my hands with the removal of […]

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Setting the stage for speaking success

You could have an amazing presentation, but if the set up of your speech is off, it could derail your impact before you’ve even begun. To achieve speaking success, ensure you have prepared, not just your speech, but also your stage. Setting the scene One key thing I’ve learnt since joining an advanced speakers group […]

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The power of network

As an introvert, I’m not a natural “networker” in the traditional sense.  Introverts aren’t particularly comfortable in big groups. We don’t like interrupting and take time to make connections.  The fast, loud, competitive environment of networking events, where you have to introduce yourself to a group of strangers, still fills me with dread.  This is […]

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