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Good advice doesn't always lead to skill. That's obvious. And when it comes to speaking, turning even the best advice into real skill is a major challenge. Why? Fear, of course. It makes us get in our own way. What's not obvious is why, and what to do about it.

Speaking skills for an audience of, say, three or four? It sounds unlikely, doesn't it? Turn on the passion and their jaws drop. Who plugged you in? What have you been eating? Did you forget your pills today?

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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