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PERSONIFY YOUR PROJECT

Public speaking generally represents a time when we put too much pressure on ourselves: make sure you don’t forget anything, be natural… As if the performance was only based on the controlled image of yourself that you put forth!

In order to be heard, you need to first create confidence-based conditions. That is why true performance is based on your ability to sincerely convey a committed message.

What to do 1 minute before speaking?

You have one minute remaining before beginning your presentation. Generally you are already in the meeting room, or welcoming participants, or waiting to be given the go ahead to speak. How do you optimize this minute to be more efficient? What should you do to absorb the adrenalin rush? How do you reduce your stress…

Don’t forget to smile

Don’t overlook the importance of smiling during your presentation. First of all, smiling is contagious. When you smile at someone, he naturally tends to smile back at you. Furthermore, a recent study has shown that smiling, even forced, has a beneficial effect on stress. But that’s not all. With a real and sincere smile, you…

The error of the “good student”

A common error we see is a speaker positioning himself as the “good student.” This bad reflex alters the objective of the speech which, instead of being geared to relaying a message and showing conviction, merely indicates that we worked hard. This position betrays how the public is perceived: like a jury that will determine…

We don’t change, we adapt

Training often provides an opportunity to raise everyone’s expectations. It is surprising to note that many people ultimately prefer being someone else: someone who is at ease, who dares, who has the look… in short, another person. The other person, thus idealized, doesn’t seem to have any problems, though he too has already identified, “someone…

Active listening

Active listening is an essential element in maintaining a good connection with your audience. Initially, this technique is applied to the person who’s listening, to put the speaker at ease. However, the values it carries gives the speaker who practices the technique a presence that clearly favors the audience’s attention. Fairly close to the reformulation…

Breathing that soothes

Breathing mechanisms are complex and not limited to relaxation exercises. Whether in training or coaching, it is surprising to note that breathing is often relegated to obsolete recipes for yoga enthusiasts. Breathing effectively is a key element, especially to absorb the adrenaline rush that never ceases to grip every speaker before speaking. Adrenaline increases the…

Build your remarks like a conversation

Obviously a presentation is rarely planned as a dialogue with the audience. By advising you to approach the exercise as a conversation, we are inviting you to consider the comfort  of your audience, and putting it before your own. In a conversation, you naturally pay attention to your partner:  is he listening to you, does…

Stage fright is an opportunity

It cannot be stressed enough that it’s normal to feel nervous before speaking in public. The risk is to consider that the fear you feel is proof that you’re not meant to do it.  Fear is an opportunity, it makes you more dynamic and more responsive. Accepting that you have to deal with fear is…

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