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  The internet is full of presentation tips focused on helping professionals to get rid of bad habits yet in our experience at Mindful Presenter many of them overlook the presenters greatest enemy, ‘waffling’. Reading slides, reciting bullet points, fidgeting and incessant ‘umming’ and ‘erring’ are amongst the top bad habits we see each week[…]

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I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a sales pitch where the pitcher calls the president ‘incompetent’, the competition ‘stupid’ and then insults his business partners. Until now that is. That’s exactly what Donald Trump did during his rambling speech at the Phoenix Convention Centre last week. With an audience of thousands and the prospect of[…]

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A presenters greatest enemy is also their greatest ally and asset; such is the paradox and challenge of public speaking and presenting. In an instant the need to communicate with power and impact can become the overriding force in your life and career.   Suddenly you are called on to present regularly to the senior management[…]

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If you are a presenter or speak in public and you attend any form of presentation training you will be on the look out for a ‘game changer’. That’s a reasonable starting point of course but a far more effective one is taking a step back to understand what great presenting really looks and feels like.[…]

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Most articles offering presentation tips and advice on public speaking tend not to focus on the particularly challenging ones; the tough audience. Have you ever prepared for an important presentation in the full knowledge and anxiety that your audience may actually have far more experience than you do of the topic you are about to[…]

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Storytelling may feel like something that you reserve for your children at bedtime but it also has enormous value for professionals and leaders in business presentations. ‘Never be boring again’ written by Doug Stevenson is one of my favourite books on public speaking and presentation skills.  The title alone makes it one of those books that many of us[…]

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We are already rapidly approaching the end of the first week of 2015 and I wonder just how many of those  New Year resolutions have been broken already. Research by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology suggests that last year the top 10 resolutions made were: 1. Lose weight 2. Getting organised 3. Spend less,[…]

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  Mindful Presenting is about developing the skill to place our attention on our audience and our objective without getting distracted by troublesome thoughts and external events. It’s about using the  the potential of the mind to perform at the very highest level. Every presentation is a performance. That doesn’t mean it’s an act, it[…]

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A key element of what it takes to be a great presenter and public speaker is having a high level of self-awareness. Some people call this ‘Emotional Intelligence’ or ‘EI’ and the management and psychology books describe it as ‘the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions’. This works for many but I believe that life can[…]

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As a producer, composer, music arranger, actor, singer, civil rights activist and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte is no stranger to speaking in public, indeed many would say he’s always been outspoken. His career has traversed most of the 20th Century and whatever you may think of his acting or singing I’m sure you’ll agree that his[…]

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Emma Watson, the heroine of the Harry Potter series was appointed as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year, and recently gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender inequality at the U.N. headquarters in New York. When I first listened to her speech on YouTube I couldn’t help but be a little distracted[…]

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There have been so many adjectives to describe Boris Johnson’s character and attributes: eccentric, hugely clever, politically astute, loveable, funny, quirky, self- promoting, arrogant, a clown, charming, flamboyant and even larger than life. Some think he’s not only brilliant as the Mayor of London but that he should be the next leader of the Conservative[…]

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Most people hold close to them their own very personal political views about the state of their country and the people at the helm steering it. Trying to influence individuals to agree on which is the best perspective and most equitable manifesto to support presents the most formidable challenge for the world’s political leaders. While[…]

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