Public speaking tips for keeping your poise in front of your peers

Speaking in public is regarded as one of the most daunting, scary things to do, but can also be one of the most rewarding moments even for first-timers. Oddly enough it can be harder talking in front of your peers than a bunch of total strangers.

Find your center
Before you go on take some deep breaths and transport your mind to a peaceful place. It isn’t always possible, but slipping out to regroup before it’s you time to talk can help calm the jangling nerves. If you are at Intundla, near Pretoria in the Denokeng big 5 reserve, the gentle bush sounds and scents will fill your senses and act as a soothing balm to the nervous tensions.

When you go on, have the confidence that you are prepared
Never doubt your preparedness, it’s too late anyway. You don’t need to have remembered the talk word for word and besides regurgitating it parrot fashion will kill the delivery. If you wrote it, trust that you know the content and allow the talk to flow.

Don’t let your eye contact lock
It is important to make eye contact and not to get stuck at a single point, especially a single person. Pretend you are short-sighted and let your gaze move slowly over the faces without pausing for too long. If you need to make contact pick the friendly faces, nod when you make a point and they will generally respond, boosting your confidence.

Don’t labour the points
A great speech needs only 20 to 30 minutes to be impactful, any longer and you will begin to lose the audience's concentration and your nerve. Consider that most Ted Talks are over before 20 minutes is up.
While on the topic - Ted Talks can also be a great source of reference for your talk, otherwise just Google it for ideas – you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for content for your talk.

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Multitasking increases the chance of mistakes and leads to poor task performance

How can this be true? All job positions require it as a necessity to perform the duties. And all C.V’s cite being able to multitask as if it were second nature like breathing and talking. Yet true multitasking, as in being able to perform multiple tasks at once (or even just two) leads to all being performed poorly. Try driving and texting or even driving and talking– we all do it, but instead of the brain handling both with equal agility what actually happens is that the brain shifts its focus quickly between tasks, what looks like multitasking is just the brain performing two tasks separately in quick succession. This switching leads to a diminished focus on both tasks and ends up using more time to complete both tasks.

Test your Multitasking Skills

Psychology Today has a neat test to show that we are better at performing one task to its completion before another task is attempted.

Draw two lines and on one write the sentence ‘I am a great multitasker’ and then on the other line write the numbers from 1 to 20. Time how long it took to complete the task.
Now do it again but fill in the lines at the same time so line one begins with ‘I’ and line two is ‘1’ back to line one with ‘a’ and then line two with ‘2’ and so on. Time the process again and compare.  The time taken on the second ‘multitasking ‘attempt will have taken you much longer and may well have caused some confusion, or at least some hesitating and double checking.

So the conclusion is that effective ‘multitasking’ should then be the ability to tackle multiple tasks singularly completing each individual task before moving to the next.  If you observe high performers it will be apparent that they don’t waste time multitasking, they are highly focussed on one task, complete it and swiftly move on maintaining their focus.

How do you become a high performer? Practice prioritising tasks (important is often different from urgent) keeping your focus on singular tasks by not getting distracted and moving on to the next task. You will also find that you are less mentally exhausted, calmer and will be more effective as a result.

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Erdinger Race Roundup – running for diamonds, beers, burgers, blues and supporting a noble cause

The Erdinger Diamond dash trail run held here at Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa on Sunday 5th June, was a resounding success. Contestants were tested on the day with well-planned and challenging trail runs thanks to Race Time, the race organisers.
Families and non-participants were treated to a lovely day out at Intundla where they were entertained with chilled blues and feasted on burgers and fresh oysters which Intundla had flown in especially for the race day.

Once the prizes were awarded (the winners walked away with some lovely prizes and diamonds courtesy of Bresco Diamonds) and the dust had settled, the tally for the day was calculated and the Charitable contribution allocated for SACares For Life.
For the contestants R5 of every entry was donated to SACares For Life and Intundla chipped in with the proceeds that were raised through the staff selling burgers, oysters and raffle tickets for hampers provided by all our suppliers – Bidvest Foods, Cater Warehouse, Drift Butchery, DistriLiq and Fresh Cut.

 

Totals Raised for Charity

Funds Raised for Charity on Race Day

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Scenes from the day

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