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A Shy Person's Guide To Making Yourself Heard In A Group Conversation

Some folks have the gift of gab and know exactly how to run a conversation in a group setting, but some of us feel as if we’re being ignored. Here are a few tips to help you jump into a group conversation and actually be a part of it.


Memorise A Speech With A 'Key Image'

You already know you don’t want to read a speech verbatim from a screen or notes. You could memorise the speech word-for-word, but not everyone is able to do that — and it isn’t natural. Instead, use “key images” to remember your important points.


How To Calm Your Nerves Before Making A Terrifying Speech

Speaking in front of other people — even a small group — can be nerve-wracking. You feel anxious, terrified that you’ll make a fool of yourself. While the butterflies may never go away completely, there are still some things you can do to help clear your head before your big moment.


Craft A Better Presentation With Zombie Apocalypse Principles

We’ve all daydreamed about how we’d react if the undead began rise from their graves and the zombie apocalypse commenced. It would take quick thinking, careful planning and grace under pressure. Oddly enough, these are the same principles it takes to craft an effective presentation.


The Three Main Factors For Giving Good Advice

Giving advice can be a sticky situation. You want people to act on your advice, but you also don’t want to come across as a know-it-all. Here are three main factors to consider when you really want someone to heed your words.


Feel And Convey An Emotion To Kick Off Memorable Speeches

Public speaking is difficult in itself, and the perfect opening is even more so. The key is to figure out what emotion you want to convey first, and get into that mindset yourself to be convincing.


Start Presentations With A Mental Puzzle To Make A Great Impression

First impressions matter, and this is certainly true when you give a presentation. To get off on the right foot, try posing an intellectual question to engage your audience and get them thinking.


Learn The Formula To A Funny Story For Your Next Presentation

Unless you’re a natural comedian, it’s hard to come up with your own comedic material. This three-step formula helps anyone come up with an easily-scripted joke.


Talk Like You're Reciting Phone Numbers For Perfect Speech Pace

Many of us rush through speeches because public speaking makes us nervous. You need to speak slowly for a good speech. To get that right, talk at the pace you would when telling someone a phone number.


Banish Nervousness When Speaking In Public: Remember It Feels Like Sex

If you’ve got stage fright, you’ll remember someone telling you “imagine the audience naked”. That advice makes sense if you realise that the symptoms of nervousness often match sexual arousal.


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