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, ( 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 ( and ask to be added to their subscriber list. Here’s a recent example of what you’ll receive:

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.

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.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. -
Mark Twain, writer (1835-1910)


Phivos Nicolaides said...

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear".This is an excellent quote!

Chubskulit Rose said...

I exoerienced that when i had my 3 defenses for my thesis, especially the last one.. Gosh i wasn't able to sleep for nights before the actual day lol...

I'm gonna be following your blog because it is so informative..

Anonymous said...

great post, yeah presentation is one of my big battle...

Anonymous said...

Fighting your own fear is important in reaching your goals in life... great blog you have here..