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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In Part 1 last December we wrote about 5 tips extracted from our stage fright section of our “Public Speaking and Presentation Skills” workshop:

1.             Realize how your audience really feels
2.             Visualize success
3.             Change your physical state so that you affect your mental state
1.             PPP- Practice Practice and Practice
2.             Arrive early
Here are 5 more tips to help you overcome stage fright:
1 - Mingle with your audience
Before your speech, try to talk to your audience in any subject. The effect of mingling is tremendous; you will then feel as if you are talking to your friends, which in most situations is very easy. The audience will also feel more relaxed.
2 - Involve your audience
Whether you are doing a technical presentation, or a marketing pitch, involving your audience by asking them a question or giving them something to do will release speaking related tensions. The pressure will be distributed among the presence as you will not be the only centre of attention. However you have to be careful not to loose control by asking a controversial question or stepping out of the subject.
3 -  Enlighten and entertain
The stronger your topic is, the more powerful your pitch line is, the more original your speech is, the least anxiety you will feel. Bring something new that your audience doesn't really know. Shock them at the beginning of your presentation, grab their undivided attention.

4 - Don’t look nervous
 I was surprised to learn that some of the most influential speakers on this planet are nervous every time they give a speech. They however do not show it. If your hands shake then don’t use a thin paper for your notes, use instead some thick note cards that will not shake every time you tremble. Do not use complicated long sentences, as those will increase the chance of revealing your nervousness.
5 - Make them laugh
Give yourself and the audience the permission to have fun. By having fun, time passes quickly, the audience learns more and you will feel happy at the end of your presentation. Having fun doesn't mean you have to be a clown. When saying a joke, or a funny comment, make sure that it is politically and culturally correct.
Camil El Khoury
For more information about our in-house and open “Public Speaking” programs drop us a line on and do not forget to check our Public Speaking and Presentations skills public program in Beirut this January 27th and 28th.




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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Some people just seem to be naturally successful. They reach one peak after another. And the more they achieve the more success seems natural and easy. Those people are not aliens, and if you study them closely, their environment wasn’t all success.

If you want to follow the track of great people like Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Pope Jean Paul II, Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Jobs you have to understand what they have done in their lives, and how they have challenged people around them. Those legends have pushed the boundaries of what is common; they have created new industries and found solutions to very complex issues.

After compiling their bios and studying their paths we have discovered that most of them share the following attributes:

  1. They have a vision: Not one single high achiever has reached success without a clear vision, a set of goals and ways to achieve them. When Warren Buffet was asked about his path he said “I always knew I was going to be here”
  2. They leverage their circle of influence: You might think that high achievers do not need anyone, however none of them got to success without leveraging their contacts. Its not only about what you know, but also about who you know. Steve Jobs of Apple, used Bill Gates of Microsoft several times before launching his products…who would have thought?
  3. They are flexible: High achievers adapt to the environment around them exactly like chameleons, and this is how they identify opportunities. While others are complaining about the financial crisis or high oil prices, successful people tend to create opportunities to benefit from the situation.
  4. They play at work: None of the top achievers wasn’t extremely excited about what they did, they have all showed passion and excitement in what they do. So if you don’t Love What You Do, its time for a change.
  5. They are compassionate: People who hurt others no matter where they reach do not make it far in life, , or at least they don’t grow comfortably. Donald Trump keeps bouncing up and down, went bankrupt, and has thousands lawsuits against him. Do you want to be there?
  6. They help others: It has been observed this year that the top 3 of the fortune billionaires list donate large amounts of their worth to others, and more than half of the world’s richest people are big Charity Donors. Those people believe that “What goes around, comes around”. The interesting part is that most of the successful people do not wait till they get rich to start giving, Carlos Slim was always a person to go to when in need, and a free advice giver at all times.

So are you ready to step in the bandwagon of success? All you need to do is to adapt the above 6 attributes to your life.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

At first companies have rebuffed all social media, claiming that it was a waste of time for their employees and that it weights on corporate productivity. Then, as soon as some success stories rose about the use of social networks to make money – the likes of dell making $ 3 million in less than 2 years just out of twitter, and Perez Hilton becoming the friend of celebrities just by blogging about them, all corporates wanted to have facebook profiles, a presence on linked-in and a need to tweet. However it was done the wrong way.

Before jumping on the Social Networks extravaganza, companies or even people who are looking for a personal branding e-campaign, should ask themselves the below five questions:

  1. How is our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) benefiting from our social network sites? Social networks play an amazing role getting our website discovered by the search engines (google yahoo, bing etc). Using key words on our social network will increase the rankings, if you don’t have a corporate social website it is time to do so.
  2. Are all of our social profiles and websites interlinked? What makes any website/webpage powerful is the amount of links directed to that site. Connecting websites with links to each other will create your own web of sites and thus would empower your reach.
  3. Are all of our profiles homogenous? Having different info on different social websites will confuse the visitors and weaken your reach. All the introduction texts in the “About us” section should state the exact same thing. If a social site is updated, then the same update should be applied in the remaining sites.
  4. Are we heard by the right audience? A lot of companies think of adding followers or members randomly however your “follow-ship” companies should be speaking at the right audience. A good way of building a great database of potential customers is to have a blog that can only be read by inserting contact details. Those blogs can be easily made of subjects that only interest your type of clients.
  5. Are we offering to our public something of value? Some social profiles only portray publicity and ways of eliciting customers. The web 2.0 audience is always looking for something of value and for free. Wikipedia, Youtube, mashable etc. are perfect examples.

The social networks should be handled the same way we handle the traditional media, you should have a social media strategy, social media officers and an alignment between your overall strategy and online strategy.

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11:48 - AM
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