Category Archives: Nerves

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How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

How to be more confident – dismiss your demons

Public speaking can certainly be daunting.  When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to give in to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t”. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young adults who were coming to the end of…Continue Reading

Presentation Skills Training – London

Presentation Skills training Delivered on Behalf of the Henshall Centre Many people underestimate the value of learning how to present effectively.  Just because you can speak doesn’t mean that you can present well.   Developing the key presentation skills will make you a much more effective communicator and can lead to better client pitches and…Continue Reading

A new way to become fearless?

Recently I heard pop star Jessie J interviewed on BBC Radio 4.  During the interview she talked about how the key to success was being fearless.  She then went on to define what that meant for her. She explained that fearlessness was the acceptance that , making mistakes, getting things wrong, or being criticised by others were just…Continue Reading

Public speaking nerves – embrace your vulnerability

One of the most common reasons for public speaking nerves is our fear of making a mistake in front of others. Maybe we’ll dry up, or say something stupid or …   In other words, we are scared to let others to see that we are anything less than perfect. Interestingly, some of the best…Continue Reading

Olympic lessons for presenters who want to be the best

The dust has settled on the London 2012 Olympics and the UK can get back to normal but are there any lessons for presenters from the 2012 Games? I could be negative and have a go at the professional BBC commentators who managed to entertain us with a vast selection of bloopers, contrived alliterations, uhms…Continue Reading

Are you afraid of people looking at you?

Recently I have had a number of presentation coaching clients who have avoided making presentations because they suffered from an acute fear of being looked  or judged. The technical name for the fear of people looking at you is Scopophobia and can be a very debilitating.  Whilst some cases need specialist 1:1 therapy, many people find that simple…Continue Reading