Don’t be fooled by viscose

The first of my quick little posts on improving your image an style. Today’s tip… don’t buy 100% viscose clothing. It bobbles! It does amaze me that even well known quality brands still use this fabric that shortens the lifespan of clothes dramatically. Become a fabric hunter. Silk knitwear is much longer lasting and you…

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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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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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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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How to tell if your audience isn’t bored to death

There is an incredible amount of inertia associated with any audience. It can be extremely hard to make them laugh, sing or even offer you a smile every now and again. Steely gazes look up at you and you have no idea whether you’re boring them to death. But take heart, if they’re not fidgeting,…

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Get stage presence

Say you were sitting in an audience and I were to walk onto a stage what would you see? A petite, India woman with a winning smile. Your first impression of me would be decided very quickly. On what ? Perhaps the way I entered, did I seem hurried to you? Nervous or at ease?…

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