Category: Rehearsal

I’m sure you’ve seen the vid from CES and it really it a cringius maximus moment. And yes, it does offer us a salutary example of the power of rehearsal and also of demonstrating professionalism in everything you do. But I think that misses the real point. Just in case you’ve been living under a […]

Part two of a post that’s intended to give you some insight into the effort that is needed in advance of TEDxDublin and also perhaps, to help you if you would ever like to give a TEDx or prepare for another major speaking event. [Part 1 is here] Visuals Most of our speakers this year […]

I was asked to conduct a deepdive at the Dotconf this week on this topic. What if you get an unexpected opportunity to make an important presentation? A slot at a big conference? Some major investors roll into town and someone in your network gets you 30 minutes with them? You’re asked to demo your […]

The always-extraordinary Marco Tempest from this year’s TEDx Tokyo. Watch it once and enjoy it. Magic Projection Live @ TEDxTokyo 2010 from Marco Tempest on Vimeo. RSS Readers may need to click through to the post Now watch it again and pay attention to how fluidly Marco interacts with the film. Think about how much […]

A lot. Really. A lot. RSS Readers may need to click through to the post Related posts:Rehearsal = Staleness?The physiology of rehearsal – how not to be crap

I was rummaging around looking for a factoid about the differences between men’s and women’s brains when lo and behold, I found Mark Gungor. He’s a pastor with a difference. He’s a marriage guidance counsellor … with a difference. And his difference is laughter. And, from my perspective, professionalism. I remember my mother-in-law telling me […]

Great post by TJ Walker over the weekend, with his response to the oh-so typical protest about the concept of rehearsals: “I don’t want to rehearse because I don’t want to seem canned. I want to seem spontaneous and fresh so I’ll be better winging it.” May I just echo TJ’s excellent response by saying, […]

A Tai Chi master, a prima ballerina, a swan, a great presenter … they all have one thing in common. They make what they do look effortless. They never let you see the sweat. Edison, as ever, had it right. The majority of clients I work with on presentation skills understand the level of thought, […]

I was having a conversation with a client who is now an accomplished public speaker but who used to lose a lot of sleep whenever he had a talk coming up. He reminded me of an exercise we did in advance of a major talk he had to give to a large audience. I had […]

You walk a tightrope in your career. If you lean too far over onto the ‘Confidence’ side, you can be seen as brash or arrogant and take a fall. If you lean too far over onto the ‘Humility’ side, you can be seen as lacking essential confidence or being unready for more responsibility and take […]