The Polished Blog

August 27, 2018

"Would you mind saying a few words?"  

Wait.  What?

You didn’t expect to speak.  If you did, you would have prepared yourself.

Suddenly you feel pressure to come up with something worthwhile to say in about two minutes or less. You start to feel uncomfortable, but yo...

August 15, 2018

One question I get asked regularly is about sitting down during a presentation.

I’ve found that most of the people who ask me whether they should sit or stand are hoping to hear me endorse sitting. Perhaps it's because sitting down to present feels more conversational a...

August 10, 2018

It’s easy to make what you do look hard. What’s hard is to make it look easy.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Never let them see you sweat.” And yet, the world of work is filled with more complexity and ambiguity than ever before. The pace of change is breathtaking.

It’s n...

August 3, 2018

A rich imagination is a speaker’s secret weapon. 

We have this extraordinary human power, the power of imagination. Every idea and all innovative solutions first originated in someone’s mind as a question or as part of their imagination.

Do you use your imagination ofte...

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