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Public Speaking Nerves: Alive and Kicking

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I was interviewed by a great chap – Anthony Smith – today. Anthony runs Wave Link Radio in the US. (By the way, check out the site setup and the info – he and his team have done an awesome job). Anthony is a great interviewer – and really put me at ease.

There’s a point. Do I still get nervous – hell YES!!!!

I have been speaking and presenting for over 30 years. In the early days it was to peers and minor seniors. In more recent years it has been to people of influence and position. The feeling is the same – the nerves kick in and the heart starts beating that little bit faster. Often, a few minutes before a show, I want to run away and hide – nice to see the good old “fight or flight” mechanism is still prominent these days. Mine is perpetually in “flight” mode these days.

Anyhow, it always turns out ok. Like a starlet in Pop Idol, the nerves are greatest just before the performance. Once you begin then your professionalism and poise take over. That is IF you have learned your stuff, know what to talk about and know what to do when things go wrong.

Apart from this, how can you be made to perform at your best? Well, by having people like Anthony interviewing you. A good interviewer will put you at your ease and is unlikely to spring any unpleasant surprises. Don’t forget, even interviewers get stage fright too! A combination of a nervous interviewer and an interviewee in “flight” mode is a recipe for pure disaster.

Anthony is laid back. He is is cool. He is measured and professional. I reckon he would get the best out of anyone, in any situation. You can tell Anthony has done this before, and done it well. Did he ask any of the preprepared questions I sent him prior to the show? No. Did he move into areas that I was slightly less comfortable with? Yes. But the end result was a challenging interviewer in a comfortable environment.

So, another interview completed. Another contact and friend made. Thanks Anthony and Wave Link Radio!

Here’s the interview: Social Media For Business

Carrie, Declutter and Action

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Time and time again I come across people that fail. This happens in many walks of life from my professional field and my social experience to my private life. A task or a project that was started with the best of intentions, somehow develops into something destined to be consigned to the scrapheap only to be replaced by something else. And so the cycle continues.

It happens, still, to me too. However, only in my “real” world, not my online world (or, at least, rarely). I shall give you an example. My son has a shower in his bathroom. The door doesn’t close properly and keeps flicking open. I have promised for months to get it fixed for him – goodness knows it should be simple enough for someone to do.

I haven’t done it (although, in my defence, I did try for a while)

It’s a simple example but serves the point that I am trying to make – that we lose focus on those things around us that need doing. I lost the way with the shower cubicle door but have since put up shelves, dealt with electrical adaptations and installed other features in my home.

So what, you may ask.

Well, the shower cubicle door is still not fixed. But it matters little – apart from some damaged pride, a less fatherly impression for my son and the occasional splash of water on the bathroom floor, everything is still ok.

But what if it DID matter? What if you were trying to make a difference in your life and you just didn’t get anywhere? I find this scenario all-too-frequently.

I often speak to people that are trying to start an online business from home. They, quite rightly, are still in their day job and are using their spare time to work on their dream – to become financially independent. But somehow it just doesn’t happen. They often blame others (distractions, poor advice or misdirection) or the system (overinflated claims, valueless products, technical complexity and scam artists).

The problem is always the individual. Usually that person works alone at home. Apart from their dreams to keep them company, they beaver away at nothing, jinking from one thought to the next, answering incessant emails and messaging calls, working on forums, shopping online or spending too much time reading, preparing and procrastinating.

These people are blind to this element of their development. They have no time left in their world to achieve the success they desire. They have lost their focus and need re-energising and re-calibration.

Focus can often come with support. That support can come from the most unlikely of places – even from the very forums and messaging services that have been such a distraction to them all this time.

It happened to me just recently. I was beginning a decluttering campaign in my office. It needed a tidy up badly as one’s office, often, in my mind at least, reflects the clarity of one’s brain. I had procrastinated – it is easier to do nothing than it is to do undesirable or mundane tasks.

Then I spoke to an influential person – Carrie Wilkerson. I have known Carrie for a while but I have never met her. I know a lot about her, her life and her business – enough to respect her opinions and motives. She is one of the influences in my own world although she would not know this (one day I shall tell her). I spoke on Twitter of the decluttering campaign that I was planning. She immediately decided on the same path and I challenged her that she would not do it. Within 30 minutes, not only had she done the task but had also taken and uploaded photographic evidence of the fact.

Within a short time I had started on my own decluttering. Without Carrie, I would still be sitting in mess.

Bottom line – Carrie made me do something I may not have completed. Having someone to share with / report to / team up with makes you get things done and engenders responsibility in your undertakings.

Professional Experiences

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I am an experienced professional. I graduated from King’s College, London in 1986 with a medical degree (MBBS). Since then I have climbed the ladder of success in the medical world culminating in being a senior partner at a general practice in the UK. I have gained many qualifications and prizes amongst which are a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRGOG), Diploma in Medical Education (DipMedEd), Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) and numerous other qualifications including the Family Planning certificate, a degree in The History of Medicine, the Chief Edo Osagi Prize in Human Reproduction and Diploma in Diabetes.

I have traveled widely throughout my career, attending and speaking at conferences, seminars and workshops in many different locations. Prior to 1991 I was already teaching and examining for St John’s Ambulance and the Red Cross but after this I was appointed as GP Tutor which introduced me to the wider world of education, ongoing training and personal development. After this time I pioneered changes in the medical education scene in parts of the UK. This led to the position of examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners and thereon to other supervisory, appraisal and mentoring roles.

As well as being responsible for many and varied educational meetings (from individuals to large professional and lay audiences) I am an experienced speaker. I have given lectures and presentations on a wide variety of subjects from health related topics to motivational and mindset issues. I have written numerous articles and contributed to many online and offline journals and publications. I also have extensive experiences in teleseminars and webinars.

I have worked with the General Medical Council as a Performance Assessor and Specialist Advisor and together with my positions with the Health Service Ombusdsman and Independent Review Panels have gained a broad knowledge of the education, training and mentoring needed both within and outside of the profession.

I have worked recently as a professional Appraiser and have helped many others take action in their personal and professional lives. This has helped my work in Internet Marketing where I coach students as well as running a multitude of websites in a range of areas. I was chosen as one of 7 finalists for the Stompernet Online Entrepreneur Award in Orlando in 2006.

As well as these activities I administer and moderate several online forums including the “How To” , Traffic Geyser and My Affiliate Store forums. I am a recognised authority in SEO and a respected member in the online internet marketing world.

I have been married for 21 years and have two sons – ages 15 and 18. I remain upbeat and happy through most things, enjoy life when I can and look forward to changing the perspectives of others when given the opportunity. I play the guitar and dabble with photography.

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