Meet Jamie Breese, Celebrity TV-Presenter and founder of the largest Business Event in Bristol, UK
“The Business Showcase South West”
Believe it or not “glossophobia” – “a fear of public speaking” tops the lists of phobias in various surveys conducted around the world. Research consistently suggests that as many as 75% – equally split between men and women – suffer from the condition, but few attempts to change it. Here are my top 7 tips to tackle speaking and presenting in public.
1. Get Into The Zone
When you are nervous your body releases cortisone, the “flight or fight” stress hormone. To counter this stress, do something physical to release any stored tension held in body; especially the jaw, facial muscles, shoulders, neck, hamstrings and lower back. Think about meditation, exercise or stretching.
2. Avoid Self-Monitoring
The moment you start thinking about how you are coming across, you tend to disengage from your message and your audience. By mentally holding a thought and focusing on the intention of your message you won’t have enough mental space to drop into self-conscious thinking. It will also bring the right energy to your face and eyes. Keep focused on what you want to communicate to the audience. If you aren’t feeling it your audience won’t be either.
3. First Impressions Are Vital
It takes 7 seconds for people to come to an opinion on you, so you need to make sure you don’t blow it. ‘Apple’ spend a huge amount of time on image. Make sure you put some effort into yours.
4. Make Eye Contact With Your Audience
Break the ice, make a joke, tell a personal story about getting to the office today which has relevance to your theme. Aim to get a connection within the first 60 seconds.
5. Know Your Audience
Do you know a lot about them, what will speak to them, how to engage them? If not you need to do some research!
6. Use One Theme Per Slide
If you’re using slides, don’t try to cram too much content—too many ideas—on one slide. That goes for statistics, too. Avoid reading from the screen. Bullets are the least effective way of transmitting information on a slide.
7. Stick To The 10-Minute Rule
The 10-minute rule is a technique I recommend to every presenter: no matter how engaging you are, your audience will begin to tune out of your conversation after about 10 minutes.
presentation: slides, demos, videos, introducing another member of the team, telling a story. It helps with rhythm and pace and the ebb and flow keeps people engaged.
An anecdote break in the middle of your presentation will really help make your presentation more effective and memorable.
Switch your body from the Adrenalin fuelled Flight and Fight stress state into the Rest and Relax state with Bowen Therapy
The stressful lifestyle we have today constantly stimulates the sympathetic nervous system that functions to protect the body against perceived danger. Unfortunately, nothing tells it that the danger is over, as it is mostly mental, psychological and work related factors. With Bowen Therapy the gentle moves involved tells the body that the ’emergency’ is over and helps it achieve the relaxed state that we often miss.
Often, I get asked by my clients why is it that my muscles are so tense, why can my brain not switch off and why do I have all these health issues? Yet, I only work in an office! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it’s stress that is the cause.
A simply analogy, I often use, is to think back a few thousand years ago when we were merely hunter gatherers, the most stress we would have is most probably being faced by a wild animal. In that situation the Fight and Flight response comes in quite useful. The body gets itself ready to take some physical action. In today’s corporate environment we are constantly faced by figurative wild situations. The body produces adrenalin, tenses the muscles and decreases the digestive system activity to name just a few processes that gets affected by the stress response. But, unlike in those times, nothing actively happens. We don’t physically fight or run away. The four walls of the office makes up what used to be the jungles or wild savannah we used to roam in.
As a result, our body uses all it’s available energy to protect itself, and there is very little energy left to actually heal and repair itself.
Bowen therapy is a non-invasive, complementary and holistic therapy. It targets certain points in the body with gentle rolling movements. The precise location of the Bowen moves correlate with the latest research in the meridian energy system, acupoints and trigger point therapy.
Bowen therapy is the only manual therapy I know of that not only works on the musculoskeletal system but on all the other systems of the body as well. This includes the nervous system, lymphatic system, circulatory and hormonal systems. This helps the body balance, repair and reset itself. Clients experience energy recovery, reduction of pain and an improvement of function.
Sean Burgess | PraxisIFM Asset Manager and Co-Founder Emirates HR
Most Major US Indices Rose Modestly
With only the Russell 2000 bucking the trend after a recent run that sent the small-cap index to record highs. The technology heavy Nasdaq outperformed, gaining over 1 percent for the week, due to the performance of chipmakers. Energy stocks fell along with oil prices, with Chevron and Exxon Mobil down 3.5 and 1.9 percent, respectively. Bank stocks were hit by falling Treasury yields.
European Stocks Fell Over The Week
With the STOXX 600 index breaking its longest winning streak in over four years, as investors reacted to political instability at home and abroad. In Italy, a populist and a right-wing party are likely to form a coalition which could be both anti-establishment and ‘Eurosceptic’, whilst globally, European markets reacted negatively to news that Donald Trump had called off talks with North Korea.
The FTSE 100 Finished The Week Lower
With the UK’s large-cap index down 0.6 percent, after investors reacted to the US calling off talks with Kim Jung-un. The week could have been worse for UK equities if the pound had not resumed is slide following comments by EU officials that the UK are ‘chasing a fantasy’ in talks and threats by the Bank of England that a ‘disorderly’ Brexit could lead to an interest rate cut.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Fell Over 2 Percent
Breaking an 8-week winning streak, on fears that the Trump administration was considering a 25 percent tariff on imported cars. Honda and Toyota were both 6 percent lower by Friday’s close, with Nissan off 3 percent. In more positive news, data for April, which is the first full month of US tariffs on aluminium and steel imports, showed Japanese exports had improved from March.
US Oil Prices Tumbled 4.9 Percent
The first weekly decline in a month, on fears of rising global production. OPEC and Russia have indicated that at June’s meeting they could increase their production limit by 300,000 to 800,0000 barrels a day, whilst in the US the number of rigs drilling rose by 15, the largest weekly increase in two months. WTI and Brent crude closed the week at $67.50 and $76.44 a barrel, respectively.
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Turkish lira falls another 5 percent, now 25 percent lower year to date, despite the central bank raising its key interest rate by 300 basis points to 16.5 percent.
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