Finding poise: do you shrink under pressure?

In a previous article, I talked about a condition known as over-efforting, where we use far more energy than is required for a particular activity. This is quite common in public speaking, as people think they need to perform and exaggerate their voice, gestures and body language to have greater impact on the audience. And More…

Don’t try too hard. Less effort, better speaking results

Over-efforting is an interesting principle. Many of us have been taught the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy but, in many situations, the more pressure we apply, the more resistance we experience. When sportspeople are tense, they wear their bodies out faster. Tennis champ Roger Federer is an example of using a minimum amount of effort More…

Public Speaking: how to stop racing through presentations

Q: “How do I stop racing through presentations? I always find myself rushing.  What’s the best way to pace myself?”   This is a common thing when public speaking. The question is WHY are you rushing through your presentations? Is it because you are nervous and want it to be over now? Is it because More…