This is a bit of a personal-reaction blog, because a lot of people are asking me about how to make presentations or have meetings for that matter in rooms where there are lots of distractions. (Dedicated presentation-spaces are few and far between!) … Continue readinghandling distractions in your presentations
What, you wanted a blog about making better presentations? Today? This close to Christmas? It would just have been full of corny jokes about presents-vs-presentations. I’ve got a better idea… Get offline. Find friends you’ve not told recently how much they … Continue readingChristmas
TED is great. I love TED. I can lose myself for hours in the TED website if I’m not careful. What’s more, I can look myself in the eye afterwards and tel myself I’ve been doing “personal development”. Great. But while (most) … Continue readingTalking about TED presentations
[jcolumns inbordercss=”1px dotted gray”] Well, it’s All Hallow’s Eve – or hallow’een as we tend to call it. Basically, that’s it. Confidence Month is over (for now! 🙂 ). Let’s wrap up the month with a short and simple observation… sometimes you … Continue readingWrapping up Confidence Month
Let’s face it, technology can be one of those things that adds to our nerves and anxiety – we fear it won’t work; that it hates us; and that the evil gods of tech are waiting for the chance to humiliate us … Continue readingConfidence – trust the tech
There are many good things about the internet but one of the less good things is that it’s almost impossible to get a definitive version of the quote you want. In this instance, I want to quote a tennis player – but … Continue readingConfidence when you’re down (and almost out)
RP – could be Received Pronunciation, but on this occasion it stands for Reflective Practice. Great, but what’s Reflective Practice? At it’s most simple, it’s the habit of looking back at something (performance, project, meeting, whatever) and asking yourself how it went … Continue readingConfidence and RP
Amy Wood Brooks works at the Harvard Business School and in 2014 she wrote a paper called “Get Excited: Reappraising Pre-Performance Anxiety as Excitement”. Not the sexiest title for a document but the content is pretty darn exciting. She was looking at … Continue readingConfidence without calm 🙂
Worked up? Well, sort of. I’m thinking of how you tighten your muscles in Progressive Muscle Relaxation? (Let’s call it PMR for short.) This is a pretty short article because, frankly, it doesn’t take much explaining. Just do it. 🙂 [jcolumns] What’s … Continue readingGetting confidence by getting more worked up
I don’t think I’m saying any strikingly new when I suggest that confidence can come from two sources – inside and outside. I’m not suggesting their totally independent, of course: for example, dressing nicely and being complimented that you look good is … Continue readingConfidence Month – inner and outer games
Let’s start simple. I outlined what I mean by confidence here. And for me, assertiveness how you act – but before we look at the two together, we need to be sure what assertiveness is. What it isn’t is riding over other … Continue readingConfidence Month – confidence vs assertiveness.
With the launch of the upcoming Presentation Genius course, I’m getting a few questions about the workshop/training. (You don’t know about the course? See here.) I’ll answer them all individually, of course, but to try and save myself some work in the … Continue readingPresentation Genius – Quick and dirty FAQs!
There’s a quick thought about my favourite chapter in the book at the Presentation Genius Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/presentationgeniusinfo)
Forgive me – this post is a blatant plug… but I’m pretty excited about it! We’ve just launched our Presentation Genius Open Course programme! We’re starting in Newcastle, in the new year, in this lovely arts venue (the Biscuit Factory is a commercial … Continue readingBecome a presentation genius
Sex… Not during your presentation (obviously?) but before it. Back at the start of 2006, researcher Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, reported his research into sex and stress. 24 women and 22 men kept a diary about their sex … Continue readingPresentation sex