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Examples of Good Presenters and Public Speakers – Part 3

By David Rose – Director, LACS Training Brussels

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A Belgian ex-CEO turned teacher, an American professor of Speech and Britain’s ‘TV rock star of science’…

… An eclectic mix of presenters you’d expect to have different presentation styles, yes?

Yes, their individual styles naturally vary. But they all share a common set of deliberate techniques that help make them really engaging speakers. You don’t forget how they made you feel.

So, without taking up any more of your time, here they are! Continue reading


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Body Language: How It Shapes You

By David Rose – Director, LACS Training Brussels

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A recent quote from Harvard University’s Ann Cuddy nicely summarises the effect our body language has on our audience during our presentations and public speaking:

Body language - Quote by Anne Cuddy, Harvard University

This point is further cemented by a quick look at today’s much-studied, media-driven political field:

Body Language - quote by B.Todorov, Princetown University

Is your body language an asset or enemy? Continue reading


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Voicing: 4 Tips for Better Public Speaking

By David Rose, Director LACS Training Brussels

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How your voice engages or loses your audienceConsistently effective public speakers have, together with a range of other skills, a voice that helps engage, inform and influence their audiences.

Question: Which three ‘voice ingredients’ do they all use?

Answer: Pausing, variation and projection

So, let’s have a look at the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of each of these in turn:

Speed and pausing in public speaking and presentations



Caution: Most speakers’ commonest mistake is not pausing regularly and systematically, especially in the crucial first minute when their adrenaline-fuelled nerves are at their highest.

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Effective Professional Writing: How to Be Concise (in 6 steps)

By David Rose, Director LACS Training Brussels

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Definition of Conciseness in writing

Is the quote above from the latest best-selling book on effective professional writing skills?

Perhaps surprisingly, no.

It’s actually from a memo a British Prime Minister sent his cabinet of ministers about 70 years ago.

This quote serves to clearly illustrate one crucial point: conciseness or economy of words is – and has for a long time been – a central feature of professionally effective written English.

A longer, more ‘wordy’ construction is not more formal or professional.

It is, unfortunately, simply clumsy and often unclear: counterproductive to clearly communicating your intended messages and with little or no impact.

“Ah” you might say, “I work in an international environment where most of my audience is made up of capable but non-native speakers of English. Isn’t that quote only relevant to exclusively English native-speaking audiences?”

In a nutshell, no.

Bearing in mind the majority of your audience might well have English as a second (or perhaps third?) language… it is even more important your text communicates your intended messages as clearly as possible, while of course still respecting the required level of formality and diplomacy.

You have to avoid unnecessarily overcomplicated or overloaded phrases that need to be re-read to be fully understood.

Equally – and self-evidently – if your text is representing your organisation to an external audience, it’s also essential it projects a suitably positive, professional image.

On its own, however, this ‘what and why of conciseness’ doesn’t actually help you in practical terms to be more concise in your writing, does it?

You also need the ‘how’.

Recognising English favours a more concise style, how can you achieve an improved level of conciseness in your writing?

Well, here are six practical principles you can apply to help you produce consistently more concise – and consequently clear and influential – text: Continue reading


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LACS Training Blog: So Far…

By David Rose, Director LACS Training Brussels


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…Summer’s here…

So why not take the opportunity to review the 18 articles on presentations and public speaking, professional writing, meeting skills and language support currently waiting for you on the LACS Training Blog?

I wish you all a good summer break and look forward to helping you and your organisation with your training needs in September 2012.

I’d also invite you to take a look at our 2012 training catalogues to see the full range of services we offer.

Presentations and Public Speaking Structuring your messages
Signposts and transitions
Pausing and emphasis
Body language
Effective PowerPoint design
Dealing with nerves
Good examples of public speakers 1
Good examples of public speakers 2
Professional Writing Core skills 1: audience, organisation and conciseness
Core skills 2: precision, tone and language
Linking words
Effective proofreading and editing
Meeting Facilitation Dealing with different personality types
Chairing meetings: 5 tips to do it better
Language Support Tense map
Prepositions map
Fixed verb patterns
Links to consolidate your skills

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How to Deal with Nerves in Presentations and Public Speaking

By David Rose, Director LACS Training Brussels


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Presenting or speaking in public – as you will likely have experienced – makes people nervous… In fact, it’s one of the commonest social fears.

1. Why do we get nervous?

When we are faced with a dangerous or difficult situation our body’s automatic “fight or flight” response kicks in, pumping adrenaline into our bloodstream.

In its most extreme form, it produces a condition psychologists term ‘glossophobia’ – where the sufferer literally freezes and can’t speak.

For most of us, it’s thankfully not so severe. We just get any combination of the more typical, ‘milder’ symptoms:

2. How does it affect our performance?

Here, we need to consider three key questions:

A) When does your audience judge you – deciding you’re a ‘good’ presenter with an interesting message for them (so you’ve got their attention)… or vice-versa (so they switch off)?

Answer: in about the first ten to thirty seconds

B) When do nerves affect us the strongest?

Answer: in about the first thirty seconds

C) How often do speakers recover after a ‘nervy’ start and fully recapture the audience’s attention?

Answer: very rarely, if ever

So, we have a crucial coincidence of the peak of a speaker’s nerves and ‘instant’ audience judgment together with the fact that if you don’t start well, you’ve lost an ‘ideal’ level of audience interest and impact you will most likely never fully recover.

With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that after your presentation or speech you might feel like…

… you’ve underperformed…

…not kept the audience’s attention as you wanted…

…not had the impact you hoped for… Continue reading


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Fixed Verb Patterns: Gerund, Infinitive or Both?

By David Rose, Director LACS Training Brussels


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Gerund or Infinitive?


Together with prepositions – the subject of a recent blog post – fixed verb patterns are a common source of frustration for even the most advanced users of English.

I recommend to do it? I recommend doing it? Or both?

I suggest doing it? I suggest to do it?  Or both?

They make up a significant part of the often frequent errors I observe plaguing people’s presentations and documents in my day-to-day training work.

As I’m sure you are aware, these ‘little but frequent’ errors can lower the impact and quality of your professional communication.

Yes, substance is crucial. However, how your audience perceives your delivery of this substance also counts

So, by popular demand, here’s a ‘fat-free’, concrete overview of the main categories with clear maps of high-frequency, work-related verbs: Continue reading


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