Did you leave your communication baggage at the door?

What is the first thing you think of when you think of communication? Is it the words? Is it the tone? Is it the body language? Is it silent communication? There is a saying in the theatre ‘leave your baggage at the door’. It means that you are present in the moment and not thinking … Read More

What to do with my hands?

What do I do with my hands?

It seems we travel through life with no question of the importance or purpose of our hands until we are speaking in public. Then, these alien extensions seem to do nothing but work against us. The power of gesture is extraordinary. We decipher meaning from gestures every waking moment of our personal and professional lives. … Read More

Could you handle the political hot seat?

Navigate tricky on-the-spot moments with these acting tips. Who do you think is a good political speaker these days? This is a difficult question because politicians are no longer simply seen and heard giving impassioned speeches, having been coached for weeks. Particularly in the lead-up to a national election, today’s tech savvy society and hungry … Read More

Tara Winkler

Tara Winkler’s road to TEDx Sydney – part two

Read Tara Winkler’s next instalment on her journey to conquering her fear of public speaking. We had the pleasure of working with Tara in preparation for her upcoming Tedx talk at the Sydney Opera House and here is what happened next.   My public speaking training began in Sydney with three life-changing two-hour sessions with … Read More

Tara Winkler’s road to TEDx Sydney – part one

NIDA Corporate is working with Tara Winkler, the Managing Director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) which she established with Jedtha Pon in 2007 in order to rescue fourteen children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage. In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work with CCT, she has been … Read More

Blog: Becoming a Better Presenter

Becoming a Better Presenter (even if you’re already awesome)

We were thrilled to invite digital strategist and experienced keynote speaker Joanne Jacobs to attend our recent Presenting with Confidence course. She has generously shared her thoughts about the course with us and it’s great to hear that she found our unique approach to learning the skill of effective presentation worthwhile, even for a seasoned pro … Read More

Face Your Fears and Enjoy the Ride

Why do we expect ourselves to overcome obstacles without ever doing the thing we fear? We swerved toward the edge of the precipice. This road had been carved by men who abseiled down the cliff face and hurled blocks of TNT into the rock. It is a sheer, cavernous drop and one of the most … Read More

Be Heard - 3 minute warm-up

Be heard – 3 minute voice warm up

The voice enables us to engage, excite, enthuse, calm or persuade. NIDA’s Corporate Performance team has worked with people from many different industries to help them learn how to make the most out of the best communication tool they have – their voice. Course Manager and NIDA Graduate, Lyn Lee has worked extensively with coaches … Read More

Are we hardwired for trust

Are we hard-wired for trust?

When I heard the words ‘the soft stuff is the hard stuff, nothing beats face-to-face’, I had gone from intrigued to genuinely captivated. I was attending Wired for Wonder in Melbourne, a richly rewarding program of diverse speakers from the arts, business and science. I was there in support of a colleague who was giving … Read More

5 tools to enhance your storytelling abilities

People tell stories to illustrate a point, to give credence, to help people understand, to engage an audience or to make them laugh. Storytelling has a place in communication and presentation as it does in life. Stories engage an audience of one or many in a way that statistics alone can’t hope to. Whilst cold … Read More