Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

Never introduce yourself to an audience when your title slide is showing. If you must have a title slide, let it show for a few seconds in silence, then turn off the PowerPoint to introduce yourself and your topic.

First, let's be clear, I'm talking about everyday meetings as well as the bigger occasions.

Have the courage to be imperfect.

Such a simple idea. So effective. I'm getting emails from attendees at my presentation skills workshops saying things like, "You're right. It really is okay to make a mistake!"

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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