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How do you start a presentation? Try telling a story about your journey in. Or share a titbit from a book you’re reading. The more relevant to your presentation, the better. Once you’ve taken control of the room and relaxed your audience, it’s time to start.

Keen to become a better public speaker? Be a tightrope walker: careful, measured, aware. If you wobble, compose yourself before starting again. The more confident you come across, the more trust and confidence your audience will have in you.

Note everything down. Often the most effective writing comes from the most casual conversation or remark.

Show instead of tell. In the words of CS Lewis, “Don’t say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we’ve read the description.” Don’t tell me your broadband offer is amazing, show me what makes it so special.

Need to warm up your writing brain? Try writing for five minutes without taking your pen off the page. Don’t think about what you’re writing. Just let it flow.

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