Sparkly earrings are surprisingly helpful when performing.

I recently handed a pair of sparkly earrings to a singer just before she went on stage to perform a solo. She looked a bit surprised at this random gesture. However, they did make an impression. In fact they sparked away even to the back of the room! The sparkle helped to focus the attention…

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Closed toes girls, strange but true!

While we've got the summer still going strong (anyone with a garden won't be minding the rain for a week) it's tempting for a presenter to wear those lovely open toe shoes in an informal/formal kind of way. But DON'T DO IT. I don't know why but open toes (no matter how nice the footwear)…

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How to make a good entrance…

There's a charactor in 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' who you should always approach with a towel covering your face. The creature gets confused, thinks that if you can't see him he can't see you. Sadly, many people think this is true of their audience. Don't be fooled. The fourth 'wall' (ie: imaginary wall that…

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How to get a speaker off the stage when they’ve gone-on-too-long

Yes it's easy to do. If you've ever organised an event, be it birthday bash, office presentation or any situation which involves asking someone else to 'say a few words' you would have experienced the phenomena known as speaker-going-on-too-long. It's extremely tempting to ask them to hurry it up with a discreet gesture when you…

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How to listen on stage without attracting attention

Believe it or not, but there's actually quite a lot of skill involved in having nothing to do on stage whilst being in full view of the audience – and the action happening elsewhere. Say you are one of 2 speakers giving a presentation, what on earth are you to do with yourself whilst the…

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Always ask for an introduction

I know I said I would describe the difference between a beat and a pause – but first something that's just come to my attention, so i should mention it… If you are about to give a speech or presentation – Always ask for an introduction.But make sure you check it first. Better still, write…

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The audience has only one Pair of Eyes

Whenever I direct a play – my actors will tell you my number 1 rule: Remember that THE AUDIENCE CAN ONLY LOOK AT ONE THING AT A TIME.Common sense tells you that if there are a thousand pairs of eyes out there, between them they’ll see everything on the stage. Wrong. They will only look…

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Tips for being an MC

Underestimate an MC's job at your peril, especially if it is your first time. I'll start with the best advice first – if you're an MC, it's all too easy to get caught up in arranging the schedule and running organising everything on the night. Before you know it the audience have arrived, are seated…

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A little word about powerpoint presentations

Power Points: Here's quick, but very useful tip… I always say don’t put text on a slide unless you’re going to give the audience time to read it. Very important. Either remain silent while they read, or preferably, read it out for them. The worse thing you can do is to carry on talking, while…

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Are they really interested in your speech?

Ever been there? You're giving a speech or presentation and happen to look around your audience, and what do you see? A sea of utterly blank faces. That's a mouth drying moment. But rest assured. Notice yourself next time you are part of an audience. You might find the speaker very interesting, but how expressive…

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