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WXN Speaker Series: Failure to prepare for presentations can cost Irish businesses in the long-term, expert warns

John Brennan

Published 04/11/2015 | 17:20

Rowan Manahan and Fiona Flannery Depfa at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin.
Pic:Mark Condren
4.11.2015
Rowan Manahan and Fiona Flannery Depfa at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 4.11.2015
Lauren Sharpe and Lauren Kerr at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 4.11.2015

BUSINESS women were warned that failing to prepare can cost them when it comes to public presentations.

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The Women’s Executive Network (WXN) were given pointers on getting the edge in business at a masterclass in public speaking.

Karen Preston INM and Brighid Carson INM at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin.
Pic:Mark Condren
4.11.2015
Karen Preston INM and Brighid Carson INM at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 4.11.2015

More than 150 women from across industries in Ireland attended a seminar this morning featuring Rowan Manahan, entitled 'Feel The Fear and Speak Up Anyway', as part of the 'WXN Speaker Series'.

Mr Manahan told attendees “you deserve to be nervous if you fail to prepare”, urging those in attendance to practice their presentations numerous times.

He went on to show members of the WXN the components required for writing an engaging story and to work that story, word for word, into an entertaining presentation.

The consultant discussed glossophobia – the fear of public speaking – and its roots in human evolution – saying that people “should be nervous” before a presentation as we as humans are programmed to be that way.

Sonia Reynolds Stable, Peter Cosgrove Cpl Resources and Fiona Gratzer Unislim at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin.
Pic:Mark Condren
4.11.2015
Sonia Reynolds Stable, Peter Cosgrove Cpl Resources and Fiona Gratzer Unislim at the women in business network at the Westin Hotel, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 4.11.2015

He spoke about three strands of fear from public speaking, taking about group mentality and the fear of having “eyeballs” on us.

Controlling the room, controlling your space and respecting both your audience and how you present the information to them was among some of the key points.

Mr Manahan informed the audience that “slides are not handouts. If your slides can be used as stand-alone handouts, then they are lousy, lousy slides.”

He added that “if you finish your brain-dump slides at 1am and are going to read them to the audience then you deserve to be nervous”.

Mr Manahan has worked with a number of Irish CEOs, as well as selecting and working with speakers at TEDx Dublin.

The next event of the WXN Speaker Series, which is hosted by the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent, will take place on December, 9 with Chairperson of Communicorp Lucy Gaffney expected to speak.

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