Presentation Tension (Why You Need It. How To Build It.)

Tension might not be good to have in your neck but it’s very good to have in a presentation. Tension is the feeling of discomfort we get when we are caught between two opposing…


When You’re Nervous (Think Like A Lawyer)

Don’t believe everything you think. At least not straight away. I’ve been known to disappear inside the vortex of Netflix from time to time when I get particularly engrossed in a…


When You’ve Made The Point (Stop Talking)

We spend a lot of time, energy and focus figuring out how we should start a presentation or deliver a message (and we absolutely should), but knowing when to stop is just as…


The Art of Subtraction (In Presentation Preparation)

Michelangelo, one of history’s prominent artists, is well known across the world for his artistic works. And yet, to this day his creative process is one that remains somewhat…


How to Speak (Before You Speak)

Whether you realise it or not, you are speaking long before you stand up in front of a room full of people to speak. We are a globally connected society with easier access to…


Should I Practice My Presentation? (And Just How Much?)

They say practice makes perfect. So just how much should you practice? I read that Steve Jobs rehearsed and agonised for days and even weeks in the lead up to his most notable…


Think Twice (Before You Speak)

You’ve had a thought. Great! Should you share it?  When you’re preparing a presentation  When you’re in a meeting When you’re with your team  When you’re with your friends Here’s…


The Common Denominator (One thing our public speaking fears have in common and what we can do about it)

What if I stumble over my words or make a mistake? What if I lose the respect of my peers or leaders? What if I haven’t prepared enough? What if I go blank or forget what I have…


Behind the ‘Seens’ (Where Leadership is Made)

Don’t mistake that which is unseen for that which is unimportant.  This week I boarded a plane to Sydney on my way to work with a great group of leaders from one of Australia’s…


The Preparation Trap (Don’t Get Stuck in the Door)

Hold the door for someone and it is considered polite, but hold the revolving door for someone and it usually won’t be as well received.  Revolving doors are designed to be walked…


To Slide or Not to Slide (Is Not the Question)

"Should I use slides when I present or not?" It's a good question. But I'm not sure it's the best one. The answer to that question ultimately depends on which ‘expert’ you ask.…


How Will You Be Remembered? (Two Moments Every Speaker Needs to Think About)

Will you be remembered well? Will you even be remembered at all?  According to research by the Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, author of “Thinking Fast and Slow”, the answer…