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Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do: Moth to a flame

When an audience member asks you a question from the floor, be careful for what’s known as the moth to a flame syndrome. This is where you hone in on the person who asked the question and exclude everybody else, which breaks rapport with the

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Sales, persuasion and influence

What NOT to do: Don’t Oversell

Often when persuading we fall into the habit of telling our client or colleague absolutely ALL the benefits of our products, services or our great idea.  It’s a natural result of being passionate about our offering and being pumped and wanting to help people. The problem with

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Presentation Skills Tips

Communicating is serious business

Some podcasts are just excellent. This is one of them! Here is a really great interview where I share lots and lots of free persuasion, influence, presentation and success tips with Master MC Warwick Merry. Click here to have a listen and enjoy! 

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Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t be a diva!

Speakers take note! No one likes a drama queen! I am friends with a number of Speakers Bureau Consultants. These are the people you can go to when you know you want to book a speaker, but you don’t know who to book. You could

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Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t think you can wing it!

I was speaking a Women’s Networking event in Sydney. As usual, I was the speaker after lunch. This is a spot I’m known for because I like to use props and dancing to reinforce my key messages so it’s easy to stay awake even if

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Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t assume they got the point!

If you’re like most people you’re very busy. You’re probably running from one meeting to another (or logging in and out of one meeting after another on zoom) without much thought or preparation each time. When we present our ideas in meetings, or even in

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Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t think your data sells itself!

An engineer in one of my training programs said to the group (and to me), ‘But I’m an engineer Michelle, I don’t have to be interesting!’ Ahhh! Are you serious? This is a classic misconception! This engineer is not the first person in a program

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