Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

First, the bad news.

Is this you? You have to speak up at meetings and give presentations. But it's never comfortable because you don't see yourself as a show pony. You're not one who naturally seeks the spotlight. If so, then you are probably limiting your own personal authority and presence without knowing that it's you doing it.

Of course you have to know what to improve. If you don't know, ask around - not for vague reassurances, but for specific points that could be better.

Speaking too softly? Speaking too fast? Not enough enthusiasm? Not enough animation? Not enough eye contact?

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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