Top speaking tips from media trainer, TV journalist & actor, Helen Percival

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Helen Percival is a RADA trained actor with over a decade of experience as a broadcast journalist. She has worked for The Guardian, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg and as a news anchor for France 24. As a professional actor, she has worked in theatre, film and TV and understands the importance of harnessing the body, breath and voice to deliver messages with authenticity and power. Coupling her experience in journalism and acting, she carries out C-Suite level media training in London and Paris.

Helen and I had a great conversation about how to be a powerful communicator with the way you engage your body, breath and voice. She shared her insights into why and how to warm up ahead of a public speaking engagement, and build awareness of how to manage your body, breath and voice while presenting, including any nerves.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Why is it important to think about our voice, body and breath when preparing for public speaking
  • Practical body and breath warm up exercises before you go on stage/ live
  • Managing nerves when presenting and public speaking
  • The impact of body language when you speak
  • How your body language broadcasts to your audience
  • The cultural nuances of body language
  • How to manage the fear of speaking to camera: tips from TV journalism

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