Confidence

Public Speaking – An Everyday Act of Courage

public speaking - courage always comes first

“I need to be confident before I can speak!” As a presentation and public speaking coach, this simple statement is by far the most common reason people give for avoiding presentations or public speaking.  And, on the face of it, it makes perfect sense, until you realise that confidence isn’t something that can be bought…

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What If You Were More Confident Than You Thought?

What if you were more confident than you thought?

Want to look and feel more confident? Most of the people who come on my presentation skills training courses suffer, to some degree or other, with a fear of public speaking and would dearly like to feel more confident. I know this because they tell me things like: “I get this tremor in my voice…

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Self confidence is a choice – how to dismiss your demons

self confidence is a choice - dismiss your demons

Public speaking can certainly be daunting.  When faced with such an opportunity, it is tempting to concede to the words of our inner demons who tell us to say “I can’t” or “I won’t”, bit the truth is that self-confidence is a choice. Recently I had the pleasure of working with a group of young…

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How to be More Confident – Develop Inverse Paranoia

How to be More Confident – Develop Inverse Paranoia

Learning how to be more confident is the key that opens up a whole world of opportunities, but how do you do it?   This post is the first in a series that will show you how.  I’m starting with mindset because I believe it is one of the fundamental building blocks for confidence and…

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Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

Dont be afraid of spicing up your corporate presentations

Last night I was talking to a friend at my local Toastmasters public speaking club when he talked about his challenge to make his work presentations more engaging.   It transpired that he had recently received feedback that his delivery at work was “a bit flat” when giving a corporate presentation. “I’d love to be able…

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Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

I love it when readers leave comments and ask me to write about specific topics.  Recently someone said, “Hey Gavin; your posts help me a lot, but I have a problem. I am awful at extemporizing when given a topic I don’t know anything about. It would be helpful if you wrote a post on it.” That’s…

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