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It sounds unlikely, doesn't it? Most speech readers enter into a beautiful relationship with the speech notes and treat the audience as if it doesn't exist. But here's an amazingly simple device for keeping you and your audience together - even when every word is pre-written.

'All? You must be joking. I'm the one in the spotlight!'

Yes, all. It sounds odd, but it's the finest way I know to achieve everything you could want as a presenter. The audience focuses on the message, your personal authority rises, and you feel confident being there. (If you want more than that, I salute your ambition.) Let me spell out what I mean by all.

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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