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How to Stay Calm when Giving a TED Talk (or Doing Anything High-Pressure)

1 June 2015

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How to Stay Calm when Giving a TED Talk (or Doing Anything High-Pressure)

I couldn’t sleep the night before my TED talk. I woke up around 4am and floated in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. My mind was whirling. I tried meditation, yoga, tea, took a bath. It wasn’t happening. I was slotted to speak second-to-last the next day, at nearly 6pm. It […]

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Speaking: It’s Not About You.

31 March 2014

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Speaking: It’s Not About You.

“Why do I keep putting myself through this?” I asked, a drop of hysteria in my voice. It was 2 hours before I was due to step on stage. “I don’t even enjoy speaking very much, and it just causes me so much anxiety, for like months, leading up to it…” My friend Jason turned […]

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The Secret to Nailing Presentations and Selling Ideas

27 September 2010

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The Secret to Nailing Presentations and Selling Ideas

Has this happened to you before? You’re pursuing one of your many interests and then WAM! you find out there is a public speaking component to it. Suddenly your heart starts racing and you think: “I know my idea is awesome, but will other people? What if nobody likes it and it turns out I […]

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