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Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

No, you won’t need a box of tissues. We’re talking about one particular emotion that boosts your credibility. It's this particular desire: I want you to understand what I'm talking about. You have to want that, and you have to show the audience that you want it.

Feeling stressed by the thought of presenting? Heart beating faster? Sweaty brow? Clammy hands? Short of breath? Wobbling kneecaps? You're definitely not the only one to suffer such symptoms. The vagus nerve squeeze not only deals to those symptoms, you actually feel calmer immediately.

Just one caution: if you overdo it, you'll faint.

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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