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  • Bonita Nuttall

Fever Pitch


Have you ever felt frozen on stage, or that you somehow forgot how to move naturally?


Dame Helen Mirren has said that it's one of the first things all theatre actors need to learn to do - walk naturally on stage.


And the same can be said for leaders who present on stage.


In 2003, I'll never forget the very first time I presented my first TV show, "FEVER". My mentor back then gave me the advice and said, if you don't know what to do with your hands or body, "๐™…๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š, ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š". And that's exactly what I did.

Come the first recording - ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™– ๐™™๐™š๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™จ! ๐Ÿ˜ณ



See if you can spot that moment in the video above - it's when I talk about 'No Doubt', and you'll see, I'm literally just standing still. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hold the pose, stand, read teleprompter and deliver content! โœ…

I had to learn this one thing to get better at presenting.


When we're presenting, whether virtually or in person, there's A LOT going on. Especially in the beginning, it can feel overwhelming and as if your limbs don't belong to your body, just like they did for me in Fever.


๐™‚๐™Š๐™Š๐˜ฟ ๐™‰๐™€๐™’๐™Ž - it gets better!!


One of the best ways to get comfortable in your own skin so that you're moving naturally when presenting is ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š!


My first few shows felt a little clunky and awkward, but eventually, after the first 10, 20 and then 50 eps, I began walking, talking, moving and connecting far more naturally and ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฉ!


While there are a few magic formulas for getting good, one of the most important - ๐™ž๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


If I could do it, you can too. My invitation to you is to just start, do it, and allow yourself to get better each time you do. โœจ








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