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How to control your emotions?

Public speaking terrifies many of us. Yet in fact, the act of speaking is rarely the real problem. However, it is undeniable that it fosters situations that we try to avoid every day: Making mistakes in front of others, not being liked, being judged, being challenged, being mocked, showing weakness, not being up to the…

3 exercises to escape from stress

A few weeks ago we saw that stress has different ways of revealing itself. When one experiences a stressful situation, the first reaction is to get out of the situation. But this is not always possible. It is often much more effective to deal directly with our stressful state, that is to say, our behavior…

Rehearsing or spontaneity?

When we advise rehearsing before each presentation, people regularly express concerns about the risk of losing their spontaneity. There is indeed a real danger, after having rehearsed a message too much, of being more focused on the content of the speech itself, rather than on communicating it to the audience. The speaker feels stuck in…

Identify stress in yourself and others!

Stress response mechanisms enable us to adopt the best behavior possible when faced with a life threatening danger. Knowing that our species appeared about 200,000 years ago, it is clear that the dangers we face today are not at all related to those for which we were formed. It is considered that 90% of the…

The 3 strategies to create desire

If public speaking is stressful for most of us there are however some presentations where the stakes are clearly higher than others. Whether it’s recommendations, a pitch session or more generally any sort of presentation with the aim of selling an idea, the audience has real life or death power on the financing or implementation…

What to do when you don’t believe?

It’s always amusing to say to yourself, when an idea sees the light and whether in the end it’s a great success or a terrible failure, that there is always one person that doesn’t believe it! It has happened to all of us to find ourselves in the position of someone who doesn’t believe, doesn’t…

Does PowerPoint make us stupid?

Presentations multiplied in the 80s, when we moved from a system with a single decision maker – the manager, the director – to an organization where several people had to agree in order to move forward – the management committee, the task force, the commission…35 years later, PowerPoint has become indispensible and nearly 500 million…

Trends in slide design

When we start to tackle slides we don’t always have a graphic designer on hand. Moreover, beyond the fundamentals of the layout, trends in slide design have evolved as quickly as fashion. And it becomes difficult to navigate between what will become “trendy” and what is already “has been.” So there is plenty to do…

The speaker’s healthy living hygiene

Public speaking is as physical as it is cerebral. If the exercise requires good mental preparation and concentration, it also requires the total mobilization of your body. As we have already seen, public speaking is all about confidence. And the more confidence you have, the more efficient you will be in conveying it to your…