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Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

The power of using your hands to connect with your audience.

Recently in a workshop, I saw a heart-warming demonstration of how your hands can transform the way your audience perceives you.

Spare a thought for Kiwi presenters. Most treat the spotlight as a refined form of torture rather than the pleasure it could be. Sure, blame our culture, or the Kiwi tall poppy syndrome, or the we're-all-supposed-to-be-equal pressures of the egalitarian society. But here's the real shame of it: Guess who cuts down the tall poppy before it gains stature?

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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