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October - known for the fruits, for Halloween and now Confidence!
October – known for the fruits, for Halloween and now Confidence!

No doubt about it, the flat out winner whenever we ask what the most common problem is for presenting is ‘nerves’. Actually that’s a bit of a lie… what we get told is lots of stuff but as soon as we probe even a tiny bit, nerves is the winner. 聽It seems it’s such an anxiety-inducing issue that people are too nervous to even admit they’re scared.

Never fear, we’re about to do something about聽that with Confidence Month!

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What is confidence Month?

It’s an absolute blitz we’re having on everything we can do to help with the problem of people not being confident enough to make presentations – or feeling very nervous when they have to do so.

Why Confidence Month?

My birthday and Hallow’een 馃檪 聽 聽Okay, we’re half joking but why not? After all, on a personal note, it’s not as if confidence on stage has always been natural to me:

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What’s included in Confidence Month?

We’re going to give you anything and everything we can in the month. We’ll publish an updated list here as we develop it, but watch out for new videos on:

  • 聽聽youtube logo smallYoutube聽in a special playlist;
  • facebook logoFacebook聽in frequent聽posts
  • twitter logotwitter聽– lots and lots of tweets 馃槈

Please, please – if you like it, share it! We’ll cross-post to Linked-In and Google+, too

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What’s in it for us?

Two things. First and foremost, it’s all about feeling good about what we do. Secondly, if you like what you hear we’re hoping you’ll like it enough to buy some proper training. 聽The online program for handling nerves is only 拢85 – a no-brainer. But like I said, first and foremost it’s about sharing what we know about nerves and confidence.

What’s is confidence, anyway?

That’s a question for another post, in more detail, but for now, let’s take this definition: it’s how you feel when you’re reasonably sure you can handle the situation you’re in. The Oxford English Dictionary says is聽“The feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something”. I guess that means what I’m really talking about in Confidence Month is self-confidence – the feeling you can rely on yourself. But it’s not a blanket feeling, is it?! It’s context dependent! I can be reasonably confident driving my car down the A19 but I’d be fairly un-confident driving that same car around the聽N眉rburgring聽! 聽I’m a specialist presentations trainer, so many of the tools and techniques I’ve researched and developed are designed to help in high-pressure, public and social situations.

So for me, confidence month is about helping anyone I can, to be more certain they can rely on themselves in public situations. Fair enough?

Is there a magic bullet for reducing nerves?

In short, no.

Click for our free course to handle the breathing
Click for our free course to handle the breathing

The slightly longer (and more useful) answer is that although there isn’t, the nearest thing there is is to get your breathing right. It’s all about breathing from the diaphragm, rather than using just your inter-costal muscles. To help, we’ve released a huge chunk of our signature presentation skills training (the big one!) as free. 聽Just go here, and sign up for the free trial to get access to the breathing training (as well as other bits we’ve included just for the fun of it!). 聽Then just sit back and relax… oh.. and practise!

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