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I'm from post-earthquake Christchurch, currently the kiwi capital of earth-shaking emotions.

Some audiences so worked up, so worried, frustrated and angry, that many cannot hear what is being said to them - even things said two or three times.

Your role is crucial. 

We can provide the training, but to change the culture so that no one ever suffers through another 'death by PowerPoint' presentation, we suggest that you meet with your participants before and after our time with them. Make it one-on-one if possible.

About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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