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Is public speaking dangerous?

Is public speaking dangerous?

SOUND ADVICE I came across a site where there was a wealth of Helen Keller's wisdom to choose from. If you haven't heard of her, here is some more detail about her history. I greatly admire Ms Keller and her courage and capacity to forge a life for herself.   The...

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What started all this fear response stuff?

What started all this fear response stuff?

Flight or Fight Response Did you know there is a day set aside for Rabies Day?  September 28 is World Rabies Day. As humans, we all know the lurch in the stomach and the faster breathing when we are facing danger. Well.... what our primitive brain has classified as...

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What makes the fear of public speaking real?

What makes the fear of public speaking real?

DINOSAURS AND DONKEYS  Nelson DeMille is a prolific author of adventure novels. I found a great quote attributed to him: 'Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. This led me to explore what power the fear demons have when we...

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The Squirrel-Glider Guide to Public Speaking

The Squirrel-Glider Guide to Public Speaking

WHAT DO SQUIRREL-GLIDERS HAVE TO DO WITH THIS? Squirrel-Gliders glide through the air to reach the next tree. They are not squirrels. They make a distinctive sound. They are native Australian animals. They are exceptionally cute creatures. WHAT DOES YOUR PUBLIC...

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Did you Blow the Meeting?

Did you Blow the Meeting?

To Speak or Not To Speak   I was running a Sweaty Palms Workshop (the corporate version of my Magic 3 for Small Business) a little while ago and asked what advice people had received about meetings and how to make yourself stand out. Two particular responses...

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You are not invisible.

You are not invisible.

What would you do if you could be invisible for one day?     Take just a moment and ponder this.       Here is a pencil for you to write down the details.     Pick one thing. Say it out loud.     Is invisibility the only way to...

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Stop Go Systems?  Getting the fear to stop.

Stop Go Systems? Getting the fear to stop.

FEAR SPIRALS I came across this article How I Overcame the Fear of Public Speaking by Adam Grant recently. My research for more ways to build resources for my clients leads me in all directions. My clients are on every point on their way to speaking in public with...

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Can a checklist fix it? Public Speaking?

Can a checklist fix it? Public Speaking?

That can't be right! Just a checklist? So many people are crippled by their fear of public speaking. It is an activity that is vehemently avoided. (Good description?  Head shaking, knees wobbling, breath quickening, heart pumping, moving backwards.) So imagine this -...

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A cat called Frodo

A cat called Frodo

COMFY CAT?  HRRMMPPH! Frodo the semi-liquid shadow Frodo's story is a sad one. He lost out in the lottery to go with his old lady owner into a nursing home.  She had two cats and could only take one. Frodo was rescued into a cattery - where he freaked out ALL THE...

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