Sunday, November 2, 2008
Don't Fear That Big Presentation
We build our connections with others by communicating in a variety of ways. E-mail, voice mail, actual conversations by phone or in person and in business through presentations long and short, formal and informal. For most of us each presentation comes with a moment or two of anxiety, even panic. But there is help. Simple weekly emails that can change your presentations and reduce your level of anxiety.
These concise, clever and useful e-mails come from Deborah Shames and David Booth who are the team that is Eloqui, (www.eloqui.biz) a Presentation and Communication Training firm. Their workshops and coaching programs are beyond good. They are magical, guiding both experienced and novice presenters as they strive to create engaging, memorable and revenue generating, presentations.
But you can learn from Deborah and David simply by signing up for the Eloqui Tip of the Week. Every Sunday you’ll receive tips related to presentations, vocabulary, and clever quotes that you can use. Just email Deborah Shames (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask to be added to their subscriber list. Here’s a recent example of what you’ll receive:
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Fear Not: Fear engenders constriction. Blood is shunted to our core organs as we brace to fight or flee. Fear affects the voice and overall behavior, forcing you into a defensive posture and disposition. Although fear is an effective survival mechanism, it doesn’t make us any smarter or more effective, because it also affects synaptic response. Whether it’s anxiety over a presentation or the current economic turmoil, move beyond the voice of fear and examine your core strengths. Celebrate your wins, the goodwill you’ve created, and strategize for the future. You will have the strength to conquer fear and be a force for positive change.
WORD OF THE WEEK:
Intrepid (in-TREP-id) adjective. Resolutely fearless; dauntless.
Use in a sentence: Roald Amundsen, the intrepid Arctic explorer, overcame epic obstacles of horrible weather, perilous topography and uncharted wilderness to discover the South Pole in 1912.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. -
Mark Twain, writer (1835-1910)