How to avoid the feeling of Groundhog Day in business presentations
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by Maurice Decastro
6d ago
Have you ever sat through a business presentation that felt a bit like Groundhog Day? It’s that feeling that you’ve been there before; it’s like déjà vu on steroids. You may be listening to a different presenter sharing different content but it looks, feels and sounds the same. It’s like you’re reliving the same business presentations over and over again. Another presentation with: – Too much text on slides – The presenter reading to you – Content that isn’t completely relevant to you – A presentation which could have been done in half the time it actually took – A boring beginning and forget ..read more
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7 Ways great leaders develop their team’s public speaking skills
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by Maurice Decastro
1w ago
Many leaders would agree that one of the key elements of their organisation’s success, depends on their team’s public speaking skills. Whether it’s a business update, sales pitch or client meeting, your team’s public speaking skills and effectiveness can significantly influence the way both you and your business are perceived. That presents an interesting leadership challenge Everyone has different levels of experience, skills, confidence and communication styles. Leaders are blessed with teams of unique individuals who each have their own views and feelings on what highly effective presentin ..read more
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Self-compassion opens the door to public speaking success
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by Maurice Decastro
3w ago
The internet and book stores are overflowing with advice on how to achieve public speaking success. Know your audience Craft a clear message Prepare, practice, pause Make eye contact Keep it simple Watch your body language Use compelling visuals Open and close with impact Imagine your audience in their underwear (please don’t!) There are many, many more Most of the tips, techniques and tools are very helpful and worth exploring I’ve written many articles on public speaking success myself. Let’s start at the beginning You can read all of the books, follow the best blogs and apply all of the ..read more
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12 Bad presentation habits to leave behind in 2022
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
  Bad presentation habits are everywhere. You’ve probably been on the receiving end of a few of them this year. Perhaps you’ve even been challenged by a few yourself. I’m not referring to the usual culprits. A few common bad presentation habits are – Saying ‘Err’, ‘Umm’, ‘So’, ‘You know. Etc. – Talking too fast – Fidgeting… playing with my wedding ring, hair, pen, etc. – Not making eye contact – Reading slides – Moving around too much – Hands in pockets, behind back, clasped – Standing with legs crossed – Waffling – Speaking too much You can read more about these in a previous article ..read more
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The King’s Christmas Broadcast 2022 – A message of light
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
The King’s Christmas Broadcast 2022 was a message of light. “Everlasting light” “My mother’s belief in the power of that light” “To shine a light” “Shining a light” “As the Bible tells us, ‘The light that has come into the world’ was born.” “The power of light overcoming darkness.” “This life-giving light” “With all my heart, I wish each of you a Christmas of peace, happiness and everlasting light.” The King’s Christmas Broadcast referenced the light 8 times In a short speech of just 617 words, the King’s message was clear. It was a Christmas message of light, peace, and hope. A timely remind ..read more
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Let’s make 2023 the year we stop presenting and start connecting
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
For over a decade, our team at Mindful Presenter have been helping professionals all over the world to stop presenting and start connecting. We’re making good progress but still have a long way to go. We are optimistic that 2023 will be a springboard for far more connecting. In our experience, most people don’t like presenting and many don’t like the idea of being presented to either. Everyone likes connecting We live in a VUCA world. Each new year brings with it even greater volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The only real constant we can all rely on is change. That said, ev ..read more
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12 Common Presentation Time Wasters
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
There are a great number of presentation time wasters professionals experience every day. Sometimes a good way to learn what to do, is to know what not to do first. We are living in the information age Most of us are overwhelmed with information every single day. Information has never in history been easier to access; it’s at our fingertips and whether we consent or not, we are often bombarded with it. Your audience may be happy to recieve more of it but not at any expense. It has to be rich, relevant, helpful and compelling. One of the most valuable ways to overcome presentation anxiety it t ..read more
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The Truth About High Impact Presenting
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
Would you like to know the truth about high impact presenting? I ask the question mindfully in the knowledge that there are a great number of myths about what it takes to become an effective presenter. In a previous article, ‘10 Common Public Speaking Myths We Need To Dispel Immediately,‘ I wrote: ‘Don’t let the plethora of public speaking myths alarm you. Despite efforts to dispel them, the world is full of tales and illusions which have stood the test of time. Public speaking myths are no exception and continue to hurt presenters and audiences in businesses everywhere. It’s time to challeng ..read more
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Are you a Mindful Presenter?
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
Are you a Mindful Presenter? To be a really good presenter you don’t have to be a slick, memorised and polished speaker who is word perfect. Mindfulness is the key In this context, you’ll know if you are a Mindful Presenter if you have a high level of self-awareness. That entails having real insight and clarity on: – Your unique style of speaking – Personal strengths, challenges and opportunities as a presenter – Your audience. Who they are, what they care about and what they need – How you connect verbally and non-verbally – Your thoughts about yourself and your audience – The value and impa ..read more
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The 5 Biggest Presentation Assassins
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by Maurice Decastro
1M ago
Presentation assassins come in all forms and every shape and size, they are everywhere. They look just like you and I but you’ll recognise them the moment they begin to present. Do whatever it takes to avoid them and make sure that whatever happens, you never become one. Public speaking and presenting isn’t particularly easy Crafting and deliveing a high impact presentation takes: – Time – Focus – Mindfulness – Courage – Creativity – Preparation – Practice – Commitment It’s easy to ruin a business presentation and the process begins with a lack of mindfulness. From presenting complex diagrams ..read more
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