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Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance

Overcoming Nervous Nelly - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Anxiety on Performance | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

A colleague is out sick, and suddenly it's fallen on you to deliver a crucial client presentation. The saliva dries up in your mouth, your heart races. You briefly consider heading home sick yourself, before moving into the conference room to discover your boss has decided to sit in. If you were in danger of failing before, now your anxiety has made failure a foregone conclusion.

 

We've all experienced the crippling effects of job performance anxiety. But far from being uniquely relegated to nightmare scenarios like the one outlined above, anxiety is a pervasive aspect of office life, says Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Alison Wood Brooks.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
Richard Lock's insight:

Interesting to see the performance difference from a simple reframe. What we say to ourselves before we are about to present, or indeed perform in some other way, has a real impact on our results. Anxiety is normal (http://www.speakingandpresenting.com/public-speaking-anxiety.html) and so is self talk. Make sure you are repeatedly telling yourself how exciting the situation is and how much you are looking forward to it. Lose the typical doomsday inner voice.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:12 AM

In situations from business negotiations to karaoke, Alison Wood Brooks explores the harmful effects of anxiety on performance—and how to combat them.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Wow, this is something that many of us have experienced at some time or the others in our professional lives. In many cases it is about salvaging the situation and making the best out of it. Performance anxiety sure hit you hard! It drives away the ability to think rationally and in a cool manner. In many cases, the boss expects the goods to be delivered and he or she may not be bothered about what you are going through! I guess you can pray to God for some inspiration or just trust that you are going to do your best!

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3 Most Critical Steps To Storytelling -

3 Most Critical Steps To Storytelling - | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

Via Rhana Pytell Kozak, Bobby Dillard
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Here is a guy who is certainly walking the talk.

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Rhana Pytell Kozak's curator insight, December 10, 9:56 PM

Your story, your physicality, your generosity - Bo Eason wisdom.

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Visualizing data with Infograph Widgets – A better way to present boring data

Visualizing data with Infograph Widgets – A better way to present boring data | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
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Finding simple ways to make your data visual, combined with stroy telling makes for a compelling presentation. See a good example here http://youtu.be/ey2lOeooA8g

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Presentation skills podcast interview reveals the secrets of great presentation

Presentation skills podcast interview reveals the secrets of great presentation | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
In the Mastering Presentation Skills Podcast Richard Lock is interviewed by John Colley - The Six Minute Strategist.
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This is a 45 minute interview I gave for the Online Learning Podcast. John is a fellow Udemy instructor so the discussion covers both 'in the room' and 'online' presentations issues.

For a shorter excerpt, visit my you tube channel at http://youtu.be/PLpgIQIaMyw

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5 Strategies to Hook an Audience in 18 Minutes or Less

5 Strategies to Hook an Audience in 18 Minutes or Less | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Attention spans are shorter than ever these days. Follow these 5 tips for creating speeches that will keep your audience focused on you.
Richard Lock's insight:

Some interesting ideas here, some of which are new to me. Anything that encourages shorter presentations is fine by me. The article does seem to presuppose the use of slides. Never forget there is a no slide option. Now that's a daring idea. 

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The Bid Coach's curator insight, September 19, 9:35 AM

We need to hook people within the first minute or so, or risk loosing them forever. Some useful tips here.

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A Speech Is Not an Essay

A Speech Is Not an Essay | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Put the paper down.
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Reading to an audience is a performance art of itself - and very challenging, even with really good material. Generally reading your presentation is the quickest way to disengage your audience. 

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5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
How to say a few words.
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Investing time in preparation is always the best strategy, yet not always possible. If you do find you suddenly have to speak 'on the spot' here are some useful tips.

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Great Presentation Made Easy

Great Presentation Made Easy | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Great Presentation Made Easy - Stop Nerves, Build Confidence.
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My first online course is now published and has received it's first 5* review. Learn great presentation skills any time, any place. It is like having access to your personal presentation coach just when you need it. It is great value too - lifetime access to all this for less than a few coffees.

***Great new review now received from a student in Australia.***

B????y Fantastic! This Course is a MUST For ANY presenter

Richard, I tip my virtual hat to you! This course has been absolutely fantastic. It's provided more helpful, hints, tips & strategies than I can poke a rather long stick at. For anyone that does presenting regardless of your experience - This course really does nail it! It's clear, concise and to the point. It's definitely one of those courses, the more you watch and re-watch the more value and benefit you'll gain. Well done!

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How I beat stage fright

How I beat stage fright | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Humanity's fine-tuned sense of fear served us well as a young species, giving us laser focus to avoid being eaten by competing beasts. But it's less wonderful when that same visceral, body-hijacking sense of fear kicks in in front of 20 folk-music fans at a Tuesday night open-mic. Palms sweat, hands shake, vision blurs, and the brain says RUN: it's stage fright. In this charming, tuneful little talk, Joe Kowan talks about how he conquered it.

Via Bobby Dillard
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There are two types of presenters; those who are nervous, and liars. Mark Twain.

We all get nervous when speaking or performing in public. How you manage those nerves is what matters. Here is an interesting insight into one mans approach.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 2:25 AM

Good advice on a challenge that most of us have to deal with at some point.

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11 Tips For Calming Your Nerves Before A Big Presentation

11 Tips For Calming Your Nerves Before A Big Presentation | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Good public speaking is not about getting rid of the nerves. It’s about managing them so that you can effectively communicate with the audience. Here's how.
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Remember, most people would far rather be in the audience than the one giving the presentation. Here are so clear tips for managing your presentation nerves.

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Business Presentation

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Business Presentation: 10 presentation tips to help you keep your job

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Helping people with their business presentation skills is an area where I spend much of my time. Here are some of the key tips that will transform your next business presentation. 

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Speakers Engage Your Audience: Story + 6 More Ways

Speakers Engage Your Audience: Story + 6 More Ways | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Speakers can go beyond the ordinary to enchant their audiences by involving them in innovative ways.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 3, 2:01 PM

Here's what I like about this article by Nick Morgan -- it focuses on specific ways to engage the audience when you give a presentation.


Yeah! It's rare to find an article that mentions both storytelling (tip #1) and how to bring your audience into your talk.


All the advice shared here is right on. Go ahead and play with these and notice the difference they make!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

malek's curator insight, June 3, 2:42 PM

#1 Tell a story: Injecting drama into your presentation..what a challenge

Chuck Devers's curator insight, June 5, 8:38 AM

Engaging stories are one of many different ways to pique student interest and also engage families of the students to help bring support.  

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Why Your Brain Loves Visual Content - infographic

Why Your Brain Loves Visual Content - infographic | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Humans are biologically wired to process the world visually, which is why making content more visual increases its impact and efficacy.
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Presenters, especially PowerPoint users take note.

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Presentation ideas: Should you use a laser pointer?

Presentation ideas: Should you use a laser pointer? | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Is the laser pointer really a good presentation idea?
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Laser pointers are one of my pet hates, so hopefully this blog article will not come across as a rant. On the other hand ..................

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How do you use PowerPoint?

How do you use PowerPoint? | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
How do you use PowerPoint to get the best from your presentations.
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It's important to know your slides are designed for the purpose you are using them. Many presenters design for one thing and use for another.

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Things You Should Never Say When Pitching Your Idea

Things You Should Never Say When Pitching Your Idea | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
When you're enthusiastic about your own ideas and want everyone to share that excitement, it's too easy to let your words get ahead of you.
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Some excellent tips on pitching your idea, along with some pitfalls to avoid.

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6 Things the Best Speakers Never Do

6 Things the Best Speakers Never Do | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Whether you're talking football, engineering, or acting, you've seen the best and brightest make mistakes. Fumbles, crashes, bloopers -- the losses can be minor or tragic....
Richard Lock's insight:

As a speaker, it is our job to make an audience feel comfortable with us. When they are, it leaves them free to concentrate on our message, which ironically may be an uncomfortable one. When an audience is uncomfortable, it means we have drawn their attention to something other than our key messages and they are off on a journey of self discovery. The audience is now consciously looking for evidence to confirm why it is uncomfortable and you have lost the opportunity to hit home your message.

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The Bid Coach's curator insight, October 24, 9:32 AM

These are things that its all to easy to do, so be aware and make sure you don't fall into the trap of doing one or more of them!

They're all things that you can and should control (including yourself) so make sure that you do - thorough preparation and planning is the best way to ensure you stay clear of them all.

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Presentation Journeys of Self Discovery

Presentation Journeys of Self Discovery | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
How different are presentation journeys of self discovery to personal development ones
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This weeks Apple launch event attracted my attention in ways that were not intended.

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5 sins that will send a conference audience to sleep - Business Matters

5 sins that will send a conference audience to sleep - Business Matters | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
We’ve all been there; politely sitting through a number of conference presentations mentally compiling shopping lists or daydreaming about the summer holidays instead of actually listening.
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No surprises here, yet the behaviour is still very common on conference platforms.

If you want avoid making the same mistakes use this link to get over 50% off my online course Great Presentation Made Easy.

https://www.udemy.com/the-engaging-presenter/?couponCode=SAP40813GA100

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Why Good Presentation Matters

Why Good Presentation Matters | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Good presentation matters if you want to get your ideas heard and your key messages received and understood. What part does good presentation play in your success?
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People under estimate the importance of good presentation skills.

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20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks | Inc.com

Concrete ways to be a better speaker... and some great TED Talks, too! Slideshow Options Loop Through: Don't loop
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Strong ideas and tips using great example speakers from TED. Well worth a more detailed look.

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The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic

The Science Behind Storytelling Infographic | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Brands use social for storytelling 88 percent of the time.

Via Karen Dietz
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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 8, 12:18 PM

Here's some eye-candy for us biz storytellers -- a handy infographic capturing salient content about why storytelling works and application for business.


Keep this around for presentations, blog posts, etc. As a piece of storytelling shorthand, it could be useful.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, July 19, 8:37 PM

Storytelling is also a powerful leadership tool we can use to really connect with our staff. 

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Best. Presentation. Ever.

Best. Presentation. Ever. | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
In the mid-1990s, when I was attending business school, Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick visited our campus to deliver a presentation about entrepreneurship. I confess I can’t remember the content of
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Further confirmation, if any is needed, that less remains more in presentation.

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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder | Business Presentations | Scoop.it

Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...


Via Bobby Dillard
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I especially like the first nine commandments for business presentations.

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How to Present Your Idea to Top Management

How to Present Your Idea to Top Management | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
I saw a lot of innovative people present ideas in a very original way:

playing a movie,


doing a dance,


making a painting,


writing one huge post-it,


making a newspaper, and
Richard Lock's insight:

Innovative ideas are good, but if they are perceived as a gimmick by your audience you are doomed. I have also seen drama and other ideas that effectively made the audience uncomfortable, which wasn't the intention.

 

Clear simple messages work well and don't have to be boring. I like the structure Gijs has suggested here.

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Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data

Storytelling First Please! Decisions Don't Start with Data | Business Presentations | Scoop.it
Access the unconscious mind, where choices are really made.

Via Karen Dietz
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It is difficult to over emphasize just how influential it is to build your key data points into a story. It also helps to make the data visually clear to understand.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 19, 3:50 PM

I've got a webinar coming up with a group of researchers and I'm going to use parts of this article and the research it sites when I'm with them.


It's a short but terrific piece laying out WHY data is not the core for decision-making, but stories are. There is definitely a role for data, but only as a supporting character in your story. Data is not the hero.


Data wrapped in stories are far better than data alone as research has shown us for years. If you are still operating under the notion that data convinces, then get with the story program for better results. 


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it