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How to overcome nervous body language

How to overcome nervous body language

You may notice that the speaker standing in front of the room is nervous when they show visible signs of nervous body language.  Feelings of nervousness can manifest in the way that we hold our body. There are give-away clues that people may spot, such as; wringing of hands, rubbing or excessive touching of clothes, […]

Improve your public speaking by attending networking events

Improve your public speaking by attending networking events

If you are nervous about public speaking, you may also feel uncomfortable about networking. For many people, small talk and meeting new people can be a source of anxiety.  If you don’t care much for the chit-chat that comes with a networking event you may be thinking: I don’t have anything interesting to say. I […]

Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Say less! Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his son this advice about public speaking.  “Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated”  It is much easier to give a long talk, as being brief means spending more time preparing and editing out the bits of your talk that are non essential. According to Joe McCormack, author of Brief: […]

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills. You’ve heard the term, but what exactly does it mean? And, why does it matter in business? Well, not to put too fine a point on it, soft skills are no longer simply nice-to-haves. They’re pretty much the defining factor for success in the workplace. Teamwork makes the dream work Having sound soft […]

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

As a leader you are most comfortable presenting in the boardroom and with your team in a face to face setting.  With the new way of working and the rapid shift to the online world, leaders are having to adapt to communicating in virtual meetings.  I have spoken to many leaders who are unfamiliar with […]

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft skills are critical to your success as a leader, and so, the term ‘soft’ belies their true value. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important to organisations, and yet, leaders with strong soft skills are in short supply. In this article, I take a closer look at why soft skills are such an important part […]