I remember the anger on his face as he stormed off the tennis court in a fit of rage. He just lost the match and his credibility too. Australian tennis wunderkind Nick Kyrgios exited the 2017 Australian Open in disappointing fashion to a far more composed Andreas Seppi. At the time of his press conference…

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It’s the morning of your presentation and the telltale signs of nervousness appear. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach, palms sweaty, dry mouth. What’s worse is when your colleague sits next to you just before you get up, taps you on the shoulder, and whispers, ‘Oh wow, I’m so nervous for you right now!’. Gee,…

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IMPORTANT! Please only practice when in private and just before you have to speak to an audience. Julian Treasure delivered a highly informative and interactive TED talk, on ‘How to speak so that people want to listen’. Within this talk, he also invited the audience to participate in six vocal warmup exercises that we can…

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I walked into the gym at 8am on Wednesday. This time is good because it’s usually quiet – too late for the ones who need to be in the office by 9am and too early for the school drop-offs. But not this week. It was so full I struggled to find a space on most…

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A couple of years ago, I was sitting in a conference room in the early evening in the midst of a corporate training presentation – approximately fifty people in the room. My head tilted downward, right hand reached into my pocket. The silver bar in my hand buzzed. I read the message that’s popped up…

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I remember the first time I saw a squat rack at the gym. And how I thought how intimidating it was! Until the gym instructor demonstrated to me how to do a weighted squat. He put away the barbell and retrieved a long piece of dowel from the corner. With this dowel perched on his shoulders he…

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In an age of mass media consumption and social media, the celebrities and influencers we see have images that are tightly curated and crafted. We see them on platforms or on the television speaking to a crowd, or even to us. Beautiful. Eloquent. Naturally gifted. Or maybe not? Maybe they’ve had some darker moments in their…

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