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Public Speaking: The Power of Vulnerability

Compare your relationship with your audience to any individual relationship in your life. Your strongest relationships are those with the fewest barriers. You’re comfortable to be yourself and share openly. The relationship is, therefore, authentic and intimate. In the 1950s, US psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham developed a model called the ‘Johari’ window. It’s […]

Diversity and Inclusivity: What we can do to make real change for the better

This article was written with the financial services industry in mind. The need for greater diversity is so pronounced here. However, the message, of course, has much wider application. Every industry can do more to reflect and resonate with their diverse audiences – the world. If every individual applied the 4 steps at the bottom […]

Public Speaking: Switch the focus from you to your audience and leave yourself alone

“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” (Ray Bradbury) Shooting for the stars, and assuming that your presentations are 100% works of art, how do we kick this unwelcome intruder into touch? This issue of self-consciousness comes up a lot […]