How to Use Notes When Speaking

Way back in 1994, I ran a training team and was scratching my head as to what to buy them for Christmas. I came up with the idea of plastic recipe book holders so they could place their running notes on them at the perfect angle to read them from a distance. Running notes is a phrase I coined years’ ago to describe what speakers and trainers need to have to remind them what to say or do during a speaking or training engagement. Over the years I’ve developed various…

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The Chair – Spatial Anchoring When Presenting

This week I’ve been running a 3 day workshop here in Tehran for 25 people with lots of activities and exercises sprinkled with the occasional piece of delivery by myself. Now I wanted to anchor various positions on the “stage” to indicate to the group what was going to happen next. Its called spatial anchoring which sounds like some form of physical rehabilitation, but it comes from NLP and allows you to change your audience’s state merely by positioning yourself in certain parts of the room. My chair is a…

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How to Achieve a Presenter State

“I don’t like your attitude” shouted my fifth grade teacher as I was evicted from the class. Schooling for me only improved from my disruptive early period. Having the right attitude can influence many a speaker as can having the wrong one. The right state of mind is crucial to an effective presentation and you owe it to your audience to get into the right state. Here’s how. Remove all concerns Remove all concerns from your head. We’ve all baggage of some sorts in our head. A lingering argument with…

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