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Funny thing about parables – the good ones get our inner violins tuned up, but I've yet to find one that brings in the whole orchestra. I'm still looking. Anyway, try this little tale, which is not - at first - about presentation skills.

Heard this old line? Hold a pen in your lips (parallel with lips) to make a forced smile, keep smiling, remove the pen – and you get to feel happier. When I first heard it, I scoffed. I thought surely such change can only come from the inside.

I was wrong. Sure, the pen is trivial, but the concept is not. Our bodies really can change our minds. Or, more accurately, we can use our minds to make our bodies change the way we feel. And ultimately to redefine who we are.

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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