From important telephone calls to presentations and speeches we can all learn a lot from Maria in The Sound of Music.
Rather sensibly she advises us to begin at the beginning, which, it turns out is a very good place to start.
Taking the time to think about what we are going to say is a habit very few of us actually manage to do but I guarantee just a few minutes careful consideration before making even the simplest of phone calls, or simply allocating ten minutes quiet time before you start to pull together your presentations or a speeches will not only keep your audience engaged but will help you to feel more confident and in control of those horrible nerves that so often get in the way of what we want to say.
When you think about it, the more clear you are in what you want to say, the more clear you are going to be in saying it. It’s not rocket science but surprisingly many of us find ourselves ‘winging it’ which isn’t always the best plan. In fact, it’s not a plan at all.