8 Easy Ways To Calm Your Nerves Before and During Virtual Presentations

Mar 03, 2021

Have you ever had a rush of nerves before giving a presentation?

Even though public speaking and conferences look different nowadays, the nerves we experience beforehand haven’t changed. I mean, after all, we’re still speaking to groups of people — even if it is through a screen.

As a professional public speaker and presentation coach, I’ve come to know throughout my career that nerves and anxiety surrounding public speaking are completely normal, common, and aren’t something we should feel ashamed of or run away from.

In this blog post, I’m going to explain why nerves are actually a good thing and how you can use them to your advantage. I’ll also go over some of the best practices to prepare, get into the present moment, and deliver a virtual presentation more confidently and with ease.

1. Recognize that your nervousness is fuel — embrace it!

You might not realize that feeling nervous before a presentation or speech indicates that...

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How To Prioritize Your To-Do List and Make Time for What Actually Matters

Feb 24, 2021

Feeling weighed down by your to-do list lately? 

You’re not alone.

If you’re any kind of entrepreneur or small business owner, you know the struggle of the “never-ending to-do list”. Seriously, my to-do list never ends. When I check off one thing, five more items pop up. It can be frustrating, overwhelming, and disheartening at times. 

And it can also be freeing — because if you know your to-do list is always going to be there, it gives you all the more reason to put your to-do list to the side more often and enjoy life.

So, first things first, how do we manage all of the tasks we have to get done in a day, week, month, or year to make time for more of the things we actually want to be doing?

In this article, I’ll share my tips and tricks I’ve gathered as an entrepreneur to tackle my seemingly never-ending to-do list and create more balance in my life.

Organize your tasks by category

To best prioritize your to-do list, it’s...

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5 Easy Steps to Enhance Your Leadership Presence

Feb 18, 2021

Enhancing your leadership presence is important to do at any stage of your career.

Many people think that you either have what it takes to be a great leader, or you don’t. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Like anything, being a great leader takes practice, determination, and an understanding that you will probably make some mistakes along the way. 

The good news is that every great leader started exactly where you are. And even if you don’t feel confident in your abilities just yet, there are steps you can take right now to get to where you want to be in your leadership journey.

In this post, we’re sharing how to enhance and develop your leadership presence in a few simple steps.

1. Develop your communication and listening skills

The first step in becoming a better leader is developing both your communication and listening skills. As I’m sure you can imagine, there are a number of ways to go about this depending on your current...

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How to Deliver a More Effective Virtual Presentation (Top 7 Ways)

Feb 09, 2021

In the last twelve months, it’s become clear that virtual presentations aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Whether you’ve come to terms with it or not, cultivating meaningful connections online has simply become a critical part of our new normal. 

It feels like not long ago that we were all trying to figure out how to navigate platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc., just to stay afloat in our businesses and daily lives.

Company meetings and check-ins, family gatherings (don’t even get me started on trying to teach my Mother to use Zoom), game nights… the list goes on — were all happening virtually, and still are. 

A year ago we had a lot of questions on whether or not we could get the same results in terms of connection through video. While that question still might be up in the air, I believe there are a number of virtual presentation tips and techniques we can use to make the most out of these online platforms and ...

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4 Simple and Effective Ways to Stay on Track with Your New Years Goals

Feb 04, 2021

So, we made it through the first month of 2021 (*insert happy dance). 

Maybe you set some goals for yourself at the end of 2020 that didn’t quite pan out the way you wanted them to in January. I mean, hey, we’re still in a pandemic. Sticking to our resolutions isn’t always easy, and it can be especially difficult when the future is so unknown (how did “dry January” treat you?).

Maybe you’re not big on New Year’s Resolutions in general. After all, we can change the course of our lives at any given moment. And it’s not always possible or practical to wait until a New Year to make some serious changes. 

Whatever your stance is, I’m a big believer that any opportunity to reset and reassess our situation can be helpful. And it’s all a matter of doing it in a way that works best for you.

In this post, we’re going to cover 4 simple yet effective ways to stay on track with your new year’s goals, or goals of...

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What We Learned From the Pandemic as a Small Business

Jan 27, 2021

There’s no doubt that this pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and especially small businesses. Connect To The Core was one of countless small businesses that experienced the economic impact of covid 19 first-hand. 

As a communication coaching firm whose primary business model was in-person communication coaching workshops and business strategy we knew we had to pivot when the pandemic came to fruition back in March 2020. 

It was up to us to find new ways to continue “business as usual” while experiencing the mental and economic toll of the pandemic. 

Our resilience as a team and network of incredible clients were the main things that were able to get us through one of the toughest years we’ve had since the 2008 economic recession. We could never express our gratitude enough for a team that was able to come together and push through despite the many challenges.

The question was never, “Can our company survive this?”...

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Don't Waste This Crisis (Originally Published in Spring 2009)

Mar 10, 2020

Lee Iacocca once said “We are often presented with great opportunities disguised as insolvable problems.”

As advisors it has been excruciating to watch the economy fluctuate and collapse. As a friend, a family member, or a colleague it has been even more painful to watch the people that we care about lose their homes, their jobs, and their money. With these extreme changes it is only natural that it has an impact on your own self-confidence and collectively on the confidence of your clients. 

One of the things I’m sure of even with all the uncertainty we’re facing in the changing global economy is that in five or ten years we will look back on this time and see that it was when great fortunes were made. Unfortunately for most it will be only in hindsight that we see that the opportunities were boundless and right in front of our noses, if only we were willing to look.

The intention of this...

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What To Do When You Get Nervous While Public Speaking

Sep 20, 2019
 

Throughout our lives, we’ll be challenged by the skill of public speaking. We see it in classrooms, on television, and on social media. But it’s not as easy as it looks. Many people develop social anxiety when it comes to public speaking. What if you mess up your speech? What if you freeze up?

There are many unfortunate things that can happen when public speaking, which is why I will always stress that you should be as prepared as possible. You may have all your material for your speech or presentation down, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’ll stay calm and collected when the time comes to deliver it. As someone who has been there, I am here to share my ways to conquer social anxiety when public speaking.

In my recent YouTube video, What to Do if You Get Nervous While Public Speaking, I remember the first time I had to present in a large crowd of roughly two thousand people. I had the classic butterflies in my stomach and felt a swarm of anxiety. But I was...

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