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Simple Tips to Improve Your Video Presentation

How is your on-screen persona these days? Are you a smouldering presence captivating your audience, or has your video craft regressed, leaving you stranded like an unflattering screen shot frozen mid sentence by a poor internet connection?  Here to breathe colour into those pasty February complexions and rejuvenate the Zoom fatigued are some tips to […]

Lockdown Breathing to Unlock Stress

It’s about this time of year that I will usually opine some thoughts about embracing the new year and making changes that will positively impact on your performance in the presentation room in the coming months. However, that all sounds quaintly old fashioned (not to mention deliciously carefree) against the backdrop of January 2021. As […]

Breathe Like You Mean Business

Breathe Like You Mean Business It’s something that we all do – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, each and every year that we spend on this planet – and we do it without thinking about it. It can be effortless and silent or laboured and loud, particularly in the dead of night […]

Do You Have a Problem With Splitting Focus? Probably.

Do you have a problem with splitting your focus? No, not applicable to you, a question for one of your colleagues perhaps? If you are always 100% on point and reactive to any fire that comes your way in the line of business, then look away. However if, in doing so, you are checking your […]

Learn From Radio to Boost Your On-Screen Presence

In the children’s classic book, one of the unfortunate brats to come a cropper in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is Mike Teavee who finds himself shrunk down to the size (three inches) where he becomes trapped inside a television screen. This scene is one that will resonate with many who have found themselves trapped behind […]

The Importance of Striking the Right Tone

Do you ever stop to think about how your voice sounds? I don’t mean the instant reflex of “ugggh do I really sound like that?” when you hear yourself on a recording, but what your voice is saying about you? The human voice is one of our primary tools for creating impact. It’s something we […]

Don’t Stress the Zoom Blank Face

Once upon a time it used to be said that the eyes were the window to the soul. That expression sounds rather quaint today because the window into most aspects of our lives is now an LCD display, of varying sizes. How much time do you spend staring into a screen each day? Clever apps […]

Star Quality. Can it be Made?

There is a moment in the 1980s movie Thelma and Louise when a young actor walks on to the screen. In the film his role is a little larger than a bit part, just a two-bit hustler who steals a heart and a bag full of cash to conveniently move the plot on to the […]

Working with time and not for it

My question this month is ‘how do you spend your day?’ As the UK enters another stage of loosened lockdown I appreciate that there will be a differentiation between a normal day (pre) and a new normal (the past couple of months), however the question remains pertinent. For all the talk of ‘things being different’ […]

Digital Fatigue Strikes in Lockdown Zoom World

In 1986 something happened to television in the UK. It went from being a regulated daily dose, interspersed with frequent ‘trade test cards’ to being a 24 hour broadcasting affair. Around the same time mothers would frequently rebuke children for soaking up all that extra TV with the beration- come-warning that they would end up […]