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Sarah Denholm
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presentation skills trainer | coach | speaker
presentation skills trainer | coach | speaker

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I've been researching how public speaking, your brain and glucose fit together. We need glucose to fuel our thinking and ability to remember what we've learned - pretty important when we're in front of a group...or even one-on-one in a meeting! 

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A new blog post I wrote on the importance of control for confidence when speaking in public - and how to get it.

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Something new clients often want to discuss with me. They've had a bad presentation experience: what's the best way to move on? Here's some interesting new research on bouncing back.

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Some great points here about why pausing matters when you're presenting. So many people struggle to pause, and that's partly because it feels un-natural when you first try it (as well as being nerve-wracking! But it can make all the difference to how your audience receives and retains your message.

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I've been reading some research into overcoming public speaking fear...it is shiftable, in specific ways:
http://www.improveyourpublicspeaking.com.au/overcome-public-speaking-fear/
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Research suggesting that we have greater capacity to change more parts of our lives at once than previous studies had thought. (It helps if you have plenty of spare time to fit in new elements though!) The idea of 1 + 1 = 3: each shift supports the others. See what you think!

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Great ideas for your presentations - this is assuming you're not an anxious speaker. And I'd suggest not putting yourself under pressure regarding Tip #2: Make 'Em Laugh: this is a tricky one to pull off if you're not naturally funny...don't worry about it. If you can have fun up there, your audience usually will too :)

And regarding eye contact: this is a key factor for engagement in the US, not so much in some Asian countries. One size doesn't fit all!

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A US blog post with some useful examples of good presenters and links to their well-known TED talks. If you're interested in studying good presenters, definitely worth a look: there's always something practical or inspiring to learn!

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I made a lot of mistakes when I first started speaking in public! Here are a couple you may relate to:

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I wrote this post last year, and on re-reading, thought about how the suggestions have helped some of my clients: and are still working for me. Confidence is, after all, often temporary and needs to be focused on regularly!
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