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Yes you can enjoy presenting! – a guest blog post by Dr Louise Mahler

At a recent conference where I spoke with Ged Kearney, the new ACTU president here in Australia, Ged announced how terrified she is and has always been of speaking. This has not stopped her taking on such a major national role with major public profile.  Ged went on to explain how, as a little girl at the age of 6, she had to sing at the bar of her father’s pub. She said she was very shy and hated every minute, but she survived. Many of us have some experience we ‘survive’, but possibly without the best execution. At an unconscious level we remember the strategies for that performance and keep regurgitating them into our adult and work lives. We keep surviving.

Ged is not alone, but presentation can be exciting and fun. We have to educate ourselves about what impacts on our mind, body and voice under these circumstances, diagnose how we are responding and decide whether that is the best way to work or not. That is when the enjoyment starts. There is a life in presentation beyond ‘survival’, but most people don’t seek it out.

I’ve developed a specialised understanding of the mind-body-voice connection which is the key to professionalism and enjoyment, which many of you experienced at the recent Ascend development days where I spoke about:

  • How to manage nerves (you will never get rid of them!)
  • Why you should never take a deep breath in or relax (because you do it incorrectly)
  • Posture alignment for sound (if your body is not aligned the sound will not work)
  • Gesturing your way to freedom (Think ‘Julia Guillard’)
  • Smiling away the fear (yes there is a good scientific basis for this)

Take a risk! Learn more about yourself by attending a workshop.  Weekend Workshop Retreat – November 13th and 14th, 2010 (Melbourne city location)  – click here to find out more or ½ day workshops11th October in Melbourne or 15th November in Melbourne

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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