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Bret Freeman is an award-winning international speaker and member of Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organisation’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. There are more than 300 clubs in the UK and Ireland with over 7,500 members.

How To Give Your Business Presentations POWERfully

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When I look back to my first big presentations I now see why they weren’t very successful. Like many people giving technical presentations I was totally absorbed by the content design. I know realise, with the benefit of having talked to numerous audiences (small, large and huge) that I what I needed to do was work on my mindset. Let me give you the POWERful framework I’ve developed. Presence Presence of mind-creating a mental connection with your audience. This can be achieved using questions everyone can recognise and respond to: “Have you ever had to make a difficult decision?” Creating mental images is also effective. “The heat of Southern California! As a child there was nothing to compare with the fourth of July! Even now I can smell the sizzling barbe...