Featured Managing Nerves

Self-awareness and Engagement

Last week we talked about “Beth,” a nervous presenter. Beth is a smart, articulate professional, but when it came to presenting she struggled and became self-conscious.
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Featured Managing Nerves

Nervousness VS the Active Pause

I was working with an extremely nervous presenter in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. She described her presentation experience like this: “My head races and swirls, and then it...
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Featured Facilitation

No Easy Button

Recently, Greg and I delivered a facilitation skills for trainers workshop to a group of Subject Matter Experts. This group had been called upon to deliver training to less-seasoned employees in...
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Featured Facilitation

Wearing Two Hats: Facilitating Successful Meetings When You’re the Boss

Facilitating a group discussion always brings with it a unique set of challenges. Every group involves different personalities, perspectives, and needs. Facilitators have to work hard to create an...
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Featured Managing Nerves

My Mother’s Attic Part 3: The Elocutionists, a Cautionary Tale

Part 1, Part 2 This is the final article about the perils of business presenters following the same path as the elocutionary movement. The great thing about The Ideal Orator is that its approach,...
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Managing Nerves - Feb 13, 2013

Just Because You Said It Doesn’t Mean It Was Heard

“I swear I said that they’d see incremental sales growth,” said Angela as she sat down to review her video with me. Angela was a participant in a recent Mastering Your Presentations workshop. Dale Ludwig was the lead...
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Managing Nerves - Nov 27, 2012

Applying Presentation Skills to a Game of Charades

Last Thursday I spent Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. After the over-the-top dinner (prepared by my good friend Olive) had been devoured and dishes were done, family and friends retired to the living room to play a game...
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Managing Nerves - Sep 4, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect… or not.

 
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Managing Interactions - Aug 20, 2012

How Can I Help a Nervous Presenter?

Managers often come to us and ask how they can help their team members get a handle on the nervousness they experience when presenting. This isn’t surprising, of course, since this type of nervousness is a real issue for a lot...
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Facilitation - Jul 23, 2012

Encouraging Discussion

  This is a follow-up to the blog I wrote a few months ago, They Won’t Speak if You Don’t Listen. In that post, I mentioned that facilitators have two fundamental goals. They need to (1) encourage participation in the...
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