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Engaging an Audience

Making a presentation is essentially having a conversation with your audience. Think about presenters who have engaged and held your attention. Do you feel that they are actually talking to you? Does the presentation feel personal? Does the presenter seem natural and easy? Does it feel that that the presentation is happening for the first … Read More

Taking #NewYearNewYou to the next level

A new year is underway and a fresh level of ambition is coursing through our veins. With goals to focus on in our work and personal lives, it’s worth giving some thought to how we can maximise our connections to get where we want to go in 2017. Who do you want to influence this … Read More

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

The Great Australian Blight

So, what I want to say is, ummm, you know, like, really, ahhh, (ahem), excuse me, yes no, it’s like, well… Does any of that sound familiar? At NIDA Corporate, we call the ‘ums and ahs’ filler words. It is a vocabulary that is constantly, like shifting, yeah? As Australians we are behind the communication … 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

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

What is endowment, and how can I use it to succeed in the workplace?

Ask any NIDA-trained actor what endowment is and they’ll tell you that they use it to create truthful and engaging performances with their co-stars. But how can this help in the working world? Endowment is about the way we relate to one another, and how our expectations and preconceived opinions shape our responses and interactions … 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