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Sunday, May 08, 2005



Great post, thanks Barb, I'm keen to get a copy of the book. I was lucky to have a great tutor in the topic (@amandabc)and an unrgredad business degree that recognised it as part of the curriculum. I recall the turning point for me was understanding there is a difference between performing (which makes you nervous, you could forget your lines) and having a chat about something you know really well (eg communicating). For heaven's sake though, don't apply the imagine the audience is naked trick whoever thought of that gem of advice, clearly never thought that through

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