Amazing Voice In 3 Steps

Acing Your Next Gig with an Amazing Voice

In this blog, we will talk about how you can condition your voice for your next BIG EVENT!

If you have an upcoming presentation or performing (singing) gig and wish to deliver it with an amazing voice, please continue reading.

Amazing Voice In 3 Steps
Amazing Voice In 3 Steps (Photo Source: By FransA from Pexels)

Conditioning Your Voice

You will need to start conditioning and training your voice two months before the gig for any voice-engaging gigs. As you might have known, voice stamina involves using our Vocal Folds, Vocal Muscles, Lungs, and The Diaphragm.  

Step 1: Conditioning Your Vocal Folds Or Vocal Cords
An Amazing Voice In 3 Steps
Vocal Cords – Source: Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School)

The vocal cords are like a rubber band. You can condition it to produce a high pitch or low pitch. You have to prepare it gradually, or else it will be like a rubber band, being suddenly stretched and snap.

Here is an exercise that helps you to condition your vocal cords:

Using the “oo” sound.

Slide the sound from the bottom of your chest voice up to the head voice.  Here we go:

Inhale, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale again, execute the breath with an “oo” sound from the head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Next,

Inhale, execute with one breath with “oo” sound from the chest (low resonance) to head (high resonance) and then from head (high resonance) back to the chest (low resonance)

Make a loop. Here it goes:

Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Well done!

Step 2: Expanding The Lungs

(note: inhale means breathe in through your nose and exhale means breathe out through your mouth)

Undoubtedly, the lungs are the only respiratory organ we have; it doesn’t help us produce a good grounded sound.  But we can expand our lung capacity to “store” more air so that we can sustain our breath longer with the help of our diaphragm.  Sustaining breath is crucial in both speaking and singing.  Are you ready? Here we go:

Inhale (count to 5 seconds), exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds, exhale with “oo” sound for 5 seconds, hold your breath for 5 seconds and then relax.

Repeat 4 times

Excellent!

Here comes our last exercise.

Step 3: Strengthening The Diaphragm
What is the Diaphragm? (Source: Columbia University Department of Surgery)

As the diaphragm is a unique respiration muscle, you need to train this muscle to work for you to achieve an amazing voice with excellent breath control.

Below are some exercises that you can do to engage and strengthen your diaphragm muscles. If you are new to voice training, I would advise that you do these exercises lying down.

Lips drill

Making the “oo” sound

Panting (yes, like a dog)

Good job!

In Conclusion

It is essential to spend some time every day doing the above exercises.

You may do it any time of the day, and I can guarantee, if you are doing it correctly, you will develop an amazing voice for your upcoming gig!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Great Business Networking 101 – Questions and Answers (Part 1)

I am an Introvert.  How can I effectively involve in a Business Networking session?

Anyone can effectively involve in a Business Networking session. It is all about how much you prepare for the event and your mental readiness. If you keep a “goal” in mind and keep yourself motivated, you will have a fruitful networking session. Ask yourself this question:

“How can this networking session benefit me?”

Whatever answer it might be, it should be your motivating factor.

How loud should I talk so that my voice is audible?

In a Business Networking session, depending on the crowd and the background noise, you can adjust your speech volume without sounding like you are shouting. The objective of communication is to pass a message. If the background is noisy, it will help if you practiced using Diaphragm to speak. Anchor your vocal tone and adjust the volume as and when necessary. A well-anchored voice will ground your voice better and give others an impression that you are confident and well-prepared.

What can I use to substitute with Name cards as I do not have any?

This should not even be a question.  If you know you have an upcoming networking session, get your name card printed before the event.  Contents in your name card should include:

  • Logo
  • Company name
  • Tagline
  • Your name
  • Job title
  • Website
  • Contact details (Mobile Number, Office Number, and Email Address)

Please do not use an obsolete name card. Striking the old info and write in the new information will only make your image look sloppy. The exchanging of name cards in some regions can be of a higher value practice, such as Japan and China

How can I prepare myself to ask relevant questions?

Before your Business Networking session:

  1. Write down a list of goals that you want to achieve due to time limitations.
  2. Try to get hold of the attendees’ list. If this is not possible, research the organizer’s past events and understand its demographics and background.
  3. Based on your goals, write down the questions that you would like to know.
  4. Prepare a list of contents that you think others will be interested in and share them on top of this.

Networking sessions are also a session to exchange information.

The thought of “Business Networking” makes me nervous.  How do I deal with this?

Here is what you can do:

Step 1:  Keep an Open Mind

Reframe your thoughts and tell yourself it is just information-sharing events. Don’t be too overwhelmed by unable to establish relationships and get new leads. When you are less nervous, your general physics will be relaxed. Thus, able to aura more positive vibes will, in return, engage with people better.

101 Business Networking Q&a
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People At Business Networking.
Step 2:  Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Prepare yourself for the event: Before, during and after the session.

Before the event:
  • Do your research
  • Prepare a set of questions.
  • Anticipate questions and prepare a list of answers
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Rehearse in front of the mirror
  • Prepare your marketing pitch.
  • Work on your strategy to get into a conversation.
  • Get your marketing tools ready such as name cards, Resumes, personal or business profiles.

During the event:

  • Be mindful of your body language. It often tells a story.
  • Keep the conversation interesting.
  • Give your best first impression.
  • Maintain a good eye contact

After the event:

  • Follow up with your prospects while they are still hot.
  • Send them an email and thank them for the meeting.
  • Set up further meetings if necessary
5 Eye Contact Tips (Source: Teen Coach)

In Conclusion

Business Networking involves a certain level of communication skills and preparation.

Understand your networking initiative goals, prepare all the necessary tools before attending the sessions, and, most importantly, remember to conduct a post-networking follow-up.

In my coming blogs, I will cover Part 2 of the Great Business Networking 101.


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10 Embarrass Presentation Situations

Handling Embarrass Presentation Situations – What can you do?

Even the most prepared and experienced speakers encounter unforeseen and embarrassing situations during their presentations.  Today, I will share tips on how to handle some of these awkward moments.

Handling Embarrassing Presentations Situations
Embarrass Presentations Situations are sometimes inevitable. (Photo Source: Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels)

Situation #1 – You are late for the event

When your alarm clock refuses to trigger, and you are late for the session. You walked in and apologized sincerely. You may suggest giving the audience an extended break to make it up.

Situation #2 – Unable to locate your PowerPoint file on your laptop

You don’t have to tell the audience that you misplaced your file.  Conduct a spontaneous activity, follow by a debrief.  Interact with the audience to buy time.  You may get someone to email you the PowerPoint or rush home to take it during the break.

Situation #3 – Misaligned PowerPoint slides

Just ignore it.  If the PowerPoint is seriously misaligned, present without the PowerPoint and do some interactive activities.  Realign the slides during the break.

Some Medications Can Affect The Vibrations Of Vocal Folds.

Situation #4 – You lost your voice

Invest in a small mobile PA system.  If the venue does not provide you with any speakers, at least you know you are covered. Use voice dynamics in your presentations to captivate your audience.

Situation #5 – Audience looking at their laptop or mobile phone

Set some ground rules from the start that no laptop is allowed during the session.  This audience behavior is very contagious.  When one starts with the laptop, the rest will follow. Talk about something interesting to bring their attention off the laptop.  You may tell a story or share an experience.

Situation #6 – Audience asked unprepared and unexpected questions

During presentations, the audience will sometimes ask you the most obvious question. No matter what questions they ask, always thank them for any questions.  Politely tell the audience that the question is excellent. If you don’t know the answer, don’t say you don’t know. Tell them you will do some research on it and get back to them with an accurate answer. And keep your promise.

Situation #7 – Audience talking among themselves while you speak

There is always bound to be a “leader” among your audience who will start a conversation among themselves. As a speaker, you can take a leap to walk to them and stand beside them while you continue to speak. Most of the time, they will stop talking

Alternatively, you may lower your voice and pause, which will also lead to the same outcome.

Situation #8 – Audience challenging you with your points

Such an audience is usually experts in their industry. Invite them to share their ideas, and they will be pleased to do that.  Don’t reprimand their ideas.  Be polite about it.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #9 – You have forgotten what you want to say next

Just move one to the next bullet point.  Once you recollect, take the audience back to the slide by telling them that you have missed a significant point earlier, and you know that the audience will benefit from it.  By doing so, the audience will be grateful for your effort.

Situation #10 – When you forget the presentation flow

When giving a presentation, use keywords to signpost the different stages. It’s a good idea to memorize them and practice using them to come to mind quickly during a presentation. For Example:

Signposts for Different Stages in a PresentationKeywords and Statements
Starting the presentation       – Good morning/good afternoon ladies and gentlemen …
– The topic of my presentation today is …
– What I’m going to talk about today is …  
Why you are giving this presentation– The purpose of this presentation is …
– This is important because …
– My objective is to …
Stating the main points– The main points I will be talking about are:    
. Firstly …
. Secondly…
. Next, finally…
– We’re going to look at …
Introducing the first point– Let’s start/begin with …
Showing graphics, transparencies, slides etc.– I’d like to illustrate this by showing you…
Moving on to the next point      – Now let’s move on to  …
Giving more details    – I’d like to expand on this aspect/problem/point
– Let me elaborate on that
– Would you like me to expand on/elaborate on that?
Changing to a different topic    – I’d like to turn to something completely different
Referring to something which is off the topic– I’d like to digress here for a moment and just mention that …

Referring back to an earlier point
– Let me go back to what I said earlier about …
Summarizing or repeating the main points– I’d like to recap the main points of my presentation:
. First I covered
. Then we talked about
. Finally, we looked at
– I’d now like to sum up the main points which were:
Conclusion– I’m going to conclude by… saying that/inviting you to/ quoting …
– In conclusion, let me… leave you with this thought/invite you to
Questions– Finally, I’ll be happy to answer your questions…
– Now I’d like to invite any questions you may have…
– Do you have any questions?
(Source: https://www.learn-english-today.com/)
Effectively prepare yourself can prevent embarrassing presentation moments.

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal. Good luck!

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.


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8 Secrets To Developing A Voice You Love

In Love With Your Voice

Sometimes, I have students telling me that they hate their voices. Since there is no way to change your voice, why not accept it, condition it and learn to fall in love with it?

What Makes Our Voice Unique?

Researches pointed out that our vocal quality is like our fingerprints. No one is the same.

There several explanations of why everyone’s vocal is unique:

      • The shape and size of the vocal folds;
      • Individual’s body size;
      • The size of the vocal tract;
      • The stamina of an individual
Everyone has a unique voice.

Secrets to Developing A Unique Vocal Quality

Secret #1: Posture

Posture affects your breathing. If you want to drink water, would you prefer to drink from a straight straw or a bent straw? If you stand straight but not stiff, your lungs and trachea can work together without much congestion. Doing this will give you a well-sustained breath.

Love Your Voice
Ensure Good Posture For A Smooth Vocal Flow

Secret #2: Breath Control

Try expanding your rib cage to increase the space in your chest cavity. As your lungs expand, more air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. This means that you can sustain your breath longer without constantly grasping your breath to complete a long statement.

Secret #3: Enunciation

Speech clarity helps you to project a confident voice. Make sure you open your mouth when you articulate and exaggerate your mouth movements. Doing mouth exercises will help to enhance speech clarity. After all, our speech organs, namely, jaw, palettes, teeth, tongue, vulva, and lips, shape our mouth to articulate with vowels and consonants. 

Secret #4: Speaking Pitch

Make sure you place your pitch correctly while speaking.  Visualize this:

Imagine your body is a 10-story elevator. 

Hence:

Chest Resonance will be on the first floor.

Low Resonance will be 3rd floor.

Mid-Resonance will be 5th floor.

High Resonance will be 8th floor.

Head Resonance will be a penthouse (10th floor and above)

As a speaker, we place our tone from Low resonance to High resonance. As for singers, they will have to utilize all the resonances. We also call these resonances “the registers.”

10 Ways To Love Your Voice
Source: The Voice Room

Secret #5: Speaking Speed

The ideal speaking speed is about 120 words per minute.

That will measure 2 words per seconds.

Try to record your speech and then evaluate your speaking speed. For non-native English speakers, whereby speaking too fast and with a strong native accent is a disadvantage in a presentation, this is an important technique to learn.

Here is a formula for you:

Standby a timer and start reading a paragraph.

You read 1,000 words in five minutes;

You would perform the following calculation:

1000 / 5 = 200

Therefore, you read at a rate of 200 words per minute

(Source: penandthepad.com)

Secret #6: Volume

You don’t want to whisper at a presentation. No one is going to hear you. You don’t want to shout either. You want to produce a firm but loud sound. This is where proper voice projection skills come in. Use your diaphragm to speak. The diaphragm will help to push the air out of your mouth to execute a loud sound without straining your vocal cords, like shouting.

Secret #7: Record Yourself

Download a voice recording app on your mobile phone. Present or recite a script. Record it. Play it back and listen. Vary your vocal tone, your speed, and your volume. Gradually you will discover a style that you are comfortable with and suits you.

Secret #8: Diet and Medication

Avoid taking dairy products, honey, and fruits before your presentation, as it will stimulate the secretion of mucus in between your vocal folds. As a result, your vocal folds might not be able to vibrate properly, affecting your voice’s quality.

Some medication such as muscle relaxant helps relax your body muscle and relax the muscles around your vocal cord. This will result in weak vibration, and your voice will sound muffled.

In Conclusion

There is nothing as good or bad voice. A good vocal without polishing and conditioning will not sound nice and professional. So, stop hating your voice but start conditioning it, and you will fall in love with it in no time.


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15 Recommended Great Speeches

 So You Want To Deliver Great Speeches

Great Speeches don’t have to be delivered by great people.  Everyone can deliver great Call-To-Action speeches.  


Thomas Suarez, a 12-year-old, taught himself to build iPhone apps. Suarez started an app club at his school, helping other kids build and share their creations, and also gave a Ted-X Talk, which was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on YouTube. (Text Source: abcnews.go.com)

Qualities of Great Speeches:

  • Well-planned with a clear objective
  • Well-structured with a logical and smooth flow
  • Delivered with clarity and conviction
  • Captivating contents
  • Delivered in simple English
  • Delivered with body language that connects with the audience
  • An appropriate vocal tone that relates to the topic and connects with the audience
  • A voice that brings out the inner feelings and forms emotional connections
  • Ability to relate the contents with things that the audience are familiar with
Great Speeches Don't Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People.
Great Speeches Don’t Have To Be Delivered By Great People But Giving Great Speeches Can Make You Great People. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Today, I would like to share 15 speeches that I deemed are great speeches.

#1 – Oprah Winfrey: Golden Globes 2018 Speech

Oprah Gail Winfrey, an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#2 – Alexander Betts: Why Brexit Happened – And What to Do Next?

Alexander Betts, a Social Scientist who explores the ways societies might empower refugees rather than pushing them to the margins. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#3 – Nigel Marsh – How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Nigel Marsh, an Author and Marketer who presents and writes on business and persona life – and how the two interact. He is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired.” (Text Source: Ted.com)

#4 – Joan Halifax: Compassion and The True Meaning of Empathy

Joan Halifax, an Author and Zen Priest who is known for her compassionate work with the terminally ill. She is a driving force of socially engaged Buddhism. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#5 – Bill Gates: The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready

Bill Gates, a Technologist, and Philanthropist who changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#6 – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs, the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.. (Text Source: Wikipedia)

#7 – Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Sir Ken Robinson, an Author, and Educator who challenged the way we educate our children, championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.(Text Source: Ted.com)

#8 – Bill Bernat: How to Connect with Depressed Friends

Bill Bernat, a Mental Health Awareness Advocate. He is a recovering addict living with a bipolar condition who advocates for mental health awareness through speaking, comedy, and storytelling. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#9 – Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin: Tiny Robots With Giant Potential

Paul McEuen, a Physicist whose research explores the nanoscale world. Marc Miskin, an Engineer who works on the design and fabrication of cell-sized robots. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#10 – Mel Robbins: How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins, is a bestselling Author, Life coach, TV Host. and CNN Commentator. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#11 – Astro Teller: The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure

Astro Teller, an Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Author oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#12 – Tony Fadell: The First Secret of Design is … Noticing

Tony Fadell, a Product Creator, the originator of iPod. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#13 – Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. Her fascinations: genius, creativity, and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#14 -Kate Bowler: “Everything Happens for a Reason” – And Other Lies I’ve Loved

Kate Bowler, A Divinity Professor, and Author who is reexamining her perspective on the “prosperity gospel”: the belief that good things happen to good people. (Text Source: Ted.com)

#15 Jack Ma Speech at Lomonosov Moscow State University

Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, (Text Source: Wikipedia)

In Conclusion

If you want to deliver impactful speeches, you have to believe in what you are delivering. Never undermine every speech that you deliver. Believe it or not, some of which might act as a catalyst for individual and organizational transformation.

Craft your speeches and know what your audience wants from you. Do not deliver a speech for the sake of presenting. Remember that informative speeches educate, whereas emotional speeches lead people to “buy-in” for your ideas.


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Great Communication Skills 101

Part 1

Great Communication Skills 101 

Answers all your questions relating to how you can better communicate with others. This 3-parts article will provide answers to the common questions you have about improving your Communication Skills. So, let’s dive in!

Great Communication Skills 101
Great Interaction Skills will bring you positive and healthy relationships

What are communication skills?

Communication Skills are skills of getting your message across via both verbal and non-verbal ways.

How can I improve these skills?

To improve these skills, you need to review your current verbal and non-verbal behaviors while interacting with others.

“In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.”

Verbal Behaviors are basically “what,” you say, which comprises:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Content

Non-Verbal Behaviors, on the other hand, is “how” do you say it, which comprises:

Voice

    • Pitch
    • Volume
    • Pacing
    • Speech fillers
    • Enunciation
    • Articulation

Visual

    • Body Language
    • Eye Contact
    • Hand Gestures
    • Attire
    • Overall Image
  •  

Hence, to improve these skills, you need to tackle every part of the above behaviors.

To Improve Your Skills, We Need To Review Your Current Verbal And Non-Verbal Behaviors.
To improve your interaction skills, you need to review your verbal and non-verbal behaviors.

Why is it important to have good communication skills?

Your communication skills affect how you relate to others. It will also project an image on you. You want others to associate you with depending on what and how your message is being sent, even down to the clothes you wear. Hence, having good interaction skills is crucial at both professional and personal levels.

What are five great ways to improve your communication skills?

    • Study how people conduct great speeches.
    • Identify people around you that communicate well and study how they do it.
    • Practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror.  How you see yourself is how others see you.
    • Listen to podcasts or audiobooks and learn the correct pronunciation from good speakers.
    • Record your speeches and playback to review. Set your goals and standards. Repeat the process until you are happy with your performance.

How do these skills help you in the workplace?

People with good interaction skills will have a better chance of being promoted or hired, especially for those who work in Multi-National Companies, when you need to communicate with people of all regions.

How important are these skills in the corporate world?

In the corporate environment, people come from all walks of life. Miscommunication happens when communicators conclude statements based on assumptions. 

When people from different cultures and languages come together, working in the same environment means that you have to buckle up your interaction skills to avoid miscommunication and achieve the best outcomes.

In Conclusion

Communication Skills, being one of the most important interpersonal skills globally, has their own attributes of attraction if you can fully understand and the ability to apply them. It is not just passing messages across. It encompasses a deeper notion that will bring people closer together and enhance healthy and positive relationships.

In my next blog, I will cover Part 2 of our 3-parts article on Great Communication Skills 101.


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How to Manage Panic Attacks in Presentations

Managing panic attacks in presentations instead of letting your fear take control over you.

In today’s blog, we will be discovering ways to manage this inner devil.

Amy looked through her notes for the final time before the event started. “It all seems good. I should not fine.”. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am Amy from ABC Company. And it is my pleasure to be your host for this afternoon.”… then a long silence….. Amy started to perspire, and her intestine started to twist, and she felt like vomiting.”

Yes, Amy just suffered a panic attack.  

“I thought I am well-prepared. But why am I still having a panic attack”.

Believe most of us who have attempted to speak at events had such an experience. Are we alone? Absolutely not! Even Hollywood and pop celebrities, which perform numerous times, have experienced it.  

Source: Psych Hub Education

What causes this anxiety and panic attack during speeches, and how can we help ourselves eliminate such incidences from happening?

According to an article written by Medical News Today:

“Panic attacks usually occur without a trigger. Anxiety is a response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks appear suddenly, while anxiety symptoms become gradually more intense over minutes, hours, or days. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes, while anxiety symptoms can prevail for long periods.”

For a person with panic disorder, anxiety may trigger a panic attack. Since anxiety can lead to a panic attack, why not we tackle anxiety as a priority.

Panic Attacks — A Vicious Cycle

An anxiety attack can be a vicious cycle if we do not reverse the cycle. Below is a simple illustration of a vicious negative thought process:

Panic Attacks In Presentations
Panic Attack – A Vicious Cycle

Source: The Vicious Circle Thought Form

Under the Principle of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when a situation triggers a negative thought, it will cause our body to react negatively, both emotionally and physically:

Negative Emotions Reactions

  • Fear, dread, panic
  • Frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness

Negative Physical Reactions

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating blushing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Trembling voice

The two reactions will then lead to behavior to act negatively.  

Methods To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

One key method to eliminate fear and negative thoughts is “self-talk.” Practice positive self-talk to nourish our negative brain. The more you feed your brain with “good thoughts,” it will gain health over time. Here is some “self-talk” that you can use, particularly in public speaking:

  • “It is going to be OK. I have rehearsed many times.”
  • “It is alright to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.”
  • “I will do what I can do best. The rest is secondary.”
  • “I will use this opportunity to gain experience.”
  • “I will do better each time.”
  • “If the boss sees me doing this, he might give me a promotion.” (self-motivation)
  • “I will treat them like kids, no threat at all.”
  • “I’m given this task because the boss knows that I can do it.”
  • “It is OK. The more I practice, the better for me.”
  • “I will stand out among my peers after this presentation.”

In Conclusion

Delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you fear public speaking, keep your mindset positive. Acknowledge your fear and manage it. Transform the negative energy into a winning attitude.

In my next blog, I will talk about how we can prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected. Stay tuned!


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Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks – Expect The Unexpected

Presenters’ Hacks Revealed!

Many times, when we look at speakers on the stage, have you ever think in your mind, wow! They are so good.  They are so confident, so well-prepared and so charismatic. What presenters’ hacks do they have?

Today, I am going to share with you:

Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks

1.     Forget What to Say.  Most new trainers experience butterflies in the stomach when they come to their first few presentations.  Because of that, they tend to speed up their presentation so that they can close the file and move away.

Our thoughts run faster than we speak.  As a result, points got missed out.  And when this happens, new presenters will have a gust of panic and lose it all.  So, don’t panic if you missed the point.  Your audience is not going to know at all.

Just maintain your calm and proceed to the next point.  You can always come back to the point later by saying: “Oh yes, there is an important point that I have missed out earlier, let me bring you back to the slides.”

2.     Looking Nervous.  As a seasoned presenter, feeling nervous on each gig is inevitable, especially you are in a new environment with a group audience with unknown demographics.  When this happens, your mind will start to build the worst scenario that you can think of, such as, “oh dear, so many people looking at me, what if I made mistakes…” or “Will they like the stuff that I present, what if they don’t?” etc.  Feeling nervous is normal due to the hormones cortisol and adrenaline.   Next time, if this happens, transform nervous to energy as if you are on a battlefield.

It is either lives or die.  You might as well give a good fight and live.

3.     Speaking Too FastSpeaking too fast and rambling can be a post-effect of nervousness—your speech speed tally with your heartbeat.  When your heart beats fast, your speech will go fast.  And when you start to ramble, you start to confuse the audience.  So, next time, when you are speaking too fast, slow down your breathing.  This will slow down your heartbeat and thus slowing down your speech.

4.     Audience Playing with Mobile Phones.  Presenters have to keep their eyes on their audience constantly.  Observe their body language.  Most of the time, the body movement and hand gestures send you a message.  Playing and meddling with the mobile phone is contagious.

Presenters' Hacks
No Need To Feel Embarrassed About The Unexpected

If you start seeing some audience to that, you need to interject your presentation with some creative games or exercises or get them to talk about their experience.  Audiences are more receptive to stories.  So, start gathering stories that you can use to combat the audience’s boredom. 

5      Unable to Answer Questions.  When being prob questions that you can’t answer, feeling incompetence is the least thing that should happen.  Although you are not able to answer them now, you can always answer them later by saying: “thank you very much for the great questions.  It is definitely a good source for me to research on.  Let me work on the details, and I will get back to you ____ (give a time frame that you are comfortable with)

In Conclusion

If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal.

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7 Benefits of Great Presentation Skills at Work

Presentation Skills Gaining Its Popularity

Presentation skills have seen gaining importance at the workplace in recent years. With the pandemic, corporations are taking their stand on conducting meetings virtually.

In today’s blog, we will talk about how this skill can help us achieve our career goals.

Presentation Skills At Work
In The Earlier Years, Knowledge Was Essential, And Most Education System Focuses On Scoring On Academic Subjects
Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

Changing Trend

In the earlier years, knowledge was essential, and most education system focuses on scoring on academic subjects. 

This priority has evolved tremendously over the years. In today’s context, we talk about soft skills. 

In Institutions, even down to lower primary schools, trainers are engaged by external providers to give training to young students to equip themselves with the skills they need to stay in employment or land their first job.

“Employers/Industry is demanding graduates with excellent presentation skills.”

The essence of effective presentation skills in engineering education

Even those from the technical industries, such as engineers, start to realize the importance of presentation skills as they advance to their career path. 

Executives working in foreign companies have also faced competition for career growth, where presentation skills are crucial for not getting a deserved promotion. 

What You Need To Know

Since there is so much emphasis on presentation skills at the workplace, what do presentation skills comprise? It comprises:

  • The Content
  • Body Language
  • Visual Appearance
  • Eye Contact
  • Voice Skills
  • Articulation
  • Voice Dynamics
  • Pacing
  • Speech Fillers

Have you noticed something? The “content” only represents a small fraction of the whole presentation skill set. So, what does this tell you? It tells you that contents are important, but how you deliver the contents is even more critical.

In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.

Communication Skills
Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

What are the benefits of having good presentation skills?

Perception: Perception is about mental association. A person with good presentation skills will be perceived as confident, reliable, trustworthy, and refined.

Heighten Your Confidence: Have you been applauded after a speech? It feels good. Will you do more speeches in the future? A BIG YES!

Time-Saving: A well-planned presentation can eliminate a lot of wasted time on rambling the unnecessary.

Minimize Miscommunication: If you are constantly being asked this: “excuse me, what did you say? Can you please repeat?” Some people don’t even bother to ask you to repeat. They ignore what you just said. Good articulation will enhance enunciation, and this is very important.

Demonstrate Authority: Voice projection is about grounding the sound wave from the sound you made. A grounded voice with good voice dynamics will allow you to present as a leader. Listen to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Don’t you want to sound like him?

7 Benefits Of Great Presentation Skills At Work
A Good Voice Dynamics Will Allow You To Present As A Leader.

Positive Branding: Energize your image with your voice. Double it up with your body language. People associate these elements with positive vibes. 

Better Promotion Opportunities: A couple of years back, a senior executive came to me for presentation skills training because he missed his promotion. When others constantly interject when you present, it is time for you to look into improving your presentation skills. 

In Conclusion:

It is never too late to look at your own presentation skills.  Try presenting in front of a camera, record, playback and evaluate.  How did you score in the Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.


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5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons

Social Gatherings and Communication Skills

With festive seasons round the corner, many feel obligated to attend social gatherings.

There might be a chance that you will meet new people, who might be your potential business associates or customers.

However, social gatherings involve a lot of communication skills.

From the way you communicate verbally to your body language and hand gestures. It takes practice and applications to perfect it.

In today’s blog, I will provide some communication tips to ensure that you present yourself positively and establish a good impression at social events.

Your Mindset

5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Reframing is not about self-deceiving. It is about jumping out from the old frame and re-picture yourself in the new frame for a brand-new perspective.

Be careful of what your mind tells you. Ironically, our minds are brilliant in sending us a negative message. Keep a positive and open mind when being invited to social events. 

 If you are getting negative messages from your mind, try reframing the message. Here is an example:

Negative Message from Your Mind: 

“What again? I don’t even know the people there. It is a waste of my time.”

Try Re-Framing the Statement:

“What again? Well, since I am invited, I will see what business or career opportunity that will bring.”

Your Objective

Once you have established an open mindset, the next step is to set your goals.

Since you will be spending some time at the event, do a quick research on who will be there and the occasion. If you can visualize your goals, it will render the event some importance.  

Your Preparation

After you have identified your goals, prepare yourself for the event:

  • Whom do you want to approach?
  • How will this person help you with your goal?
  • When is the best time to arrive?
  • When is the best time to leave?
  • What do you need to bring along, e.g., business cards?
  • What attire should you wear?
  • How should you start your conversation?
5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Body Language – A non-verbal communication skill

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Observe your non-verbal cues:

  • Your eye contact
  • Your facial expression
  • Your body language
  • Your hand gestures
  • Your visual look 

Do keep in mind that our mind controls our body movements.  Often, when we are impatient, our body language and facial expression will show.

Ensure you keep a positive mindset to avoid unnatural or harmful non-verbal cues from ruining your professional image. 

Communication Skills
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People.

The Duration

Know how long will the event last helps you to plan your meeting agenda. Determine how long you intend to stay and make full use of the duration to attain your goals.

When you want to leave the venue, make sure you let the host know that you are going. If the host insists that you stay longer, know what excuse you need to give. 

My favorite excuse is:

“I would very much like to stay, but my dog hasn’t had his dinner yet, and I need to be back for his feed.”.  

In Conclusion

Our business and career depend a lot on social connections. 

Although not all events you attend will meet your expectations and goals, getting to know more people is always an advantage.  

Make sure you rehearse your communication skills in front of the mirror before the event. How you see yourself in the mirror is how others will be seeing you.

Prepare a short elevator pitch of about 30 seconds. Practice saying it by recording it and review by playing back.


In my next blog, I will talk about how you can initiate a conversation at social events. Till then, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! 


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