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Episode 12nd September 2022 • Presentation (Skills) Q&A • Carina Ridenius och Martin Lindeskog
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Now we are back! In English! We started this way and now it is back to basics. Presentation skills Q&A. 

We answer our listeners' questions in the presentation, information and communication field.

We speak in English, and we release our podcast episodes on Friday every second week, uneven weeks (e.g., week # 35).

We focus on listeners from all over the world, who want to be more skilled in presentation and communication. 

So hit us with questions, and send it to:  info@pik.nu

Today's topic; Focus! What does that mean to you? Listen to Carina and Martin, what it means för them.

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The episode (9 minutes) was recorded at 1500 Central European Time, on August 30, 2022, with Ringr app.. Martin did the editing and post-production with the podcast maker, Alitu. The transcript is generated by Alitu.

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Speaker A:

Welcome to Presentation skills.

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Q and A. My name is Martin Lindesco.

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Hi, Karinaridanius.

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Hello Martin.

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And hello all listeners.

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Now we're back in England.

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English again, Martin.

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Yes, that's right.

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Maybe it will be swingish sometimes also.

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Yes, we started this way.

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Well, we can say that it's back to basics,

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correct Presentation Skills Q and a short version.

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And we answer our listeners questions in presentation information and communication

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field, isn't it so? Yes, absolutely.

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Well, today it was mentioned that Elizabeth Berwicks, my wow colleague, should talk, but

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she has to focus on her company, so unfortunately she can't participate.

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So I think that's why we have both an old and a new start of this Pod and a new season.

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I think it's our third season.

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Well, yeah, that's right.

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And season is a nice way of doing, running and

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creating and marketing podcasts because you have some breaks between the seasons.

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Yes, you could see it as like in education or school at school or in other ways that you

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have certain numbers of episodes and then you have a break and then you have a new season.

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And it's pretty neat way of doing it and number it in a podcast player so people could

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follow along with seasons.

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So often you have a theme, for example, during

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the season.

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And we have a new topic today.

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But I also should say that the old stuff in

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this podcast is that we speak in English and we have gone back to our Pod episodes that we

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released on Fridays, every second week, uneven weeks.

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And the new things is that we focus on listeners from all over the world and people

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who will listen to English and get more skilled in presentation and communication.

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Yeah, and that could be listeners and fellow speakers and podcasters and others.

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And in your field also presentations skills that are not having English as a first

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language.

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We are in a way lucky.

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You could say that we have English early on in school, but not everyone has it.

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So when we did some, we checked the stats, statistics and we found that we are on top

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place back in the day in Taiwan, for example, in other areas, because they probably searched

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on the title Presentation Skills Q and A and also in plain English.

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And that got us thinking, what could we do?

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Absolutely.

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So we want questions.

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So I think the listeners should hit us with questions and mail that to Info at Peak new.

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Info at Peak new.

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Yes, and then we could do as a fun thing.

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Peak is standing for Presentation Information communication spelled in Swedish with an K.

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Yes, and New is pretty funny because that's now in English.

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But I know that it's something special in French that I will not mention because then it

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will become explicit.

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I think it's new or something like that.

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Okay, it could be like a slang.

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We go further today's topic then, Martin.

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Yeah, focus.

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What's focus for you?

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Yes, I'm interested in fundamental ideas, philosophy so when I think of focus,

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it's like your focus, your senses on something.

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You are not drifting away, you're not trying to escape reality, your focus and taking in

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things with your senses in your world.

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That's focused for me.

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But often when you think about it, it's focused that you're concentrating on a topic

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or an area or in a field or in a special area in your business, for example, that could be a

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focus also.

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So it's like a lens.

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I had this as one of my free words for the year to observe things and then to analyze and

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then try to monetize that.

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So you look around in the world using your

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senses, focus on important things, positive things and something that you could do

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something with and yeah, that's it.

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So that's what I'm thinking of.

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The word focus sounds great.

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I was thinking about something here and I remember time ago, for many years ago I

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worked as a singer, as a classical singer.

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And now when we are talking about this, I

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remember when I worked as a singer and I had a routine to manage my work and minimize stress

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and nervousness.

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So that was my focus, that kept me focused on

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the task.

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And I remember that I felt very professional

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and that felt strong and vivid in the situation.

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And this routine and this focus, it was on three very simple things.

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Would you like to hear?

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Yes, please.

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The first routine was sleep well and on the day when I was going to be on

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stage, I ate light and I exercise moderately.

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When these three parts were in place, I could

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climb mountains.

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I I know know it sounds easy, but when you're

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stressed it can be very hard.

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So I think that helped me to keep my focus and

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continue with this routine and that may be stronger.

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It sounds great.

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Some pieces of advice because I now imagine,

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for example before a big presentation, for example, you did it just in time and you were

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a bit nervous in a positive way and had time to sleep and then you rushed something to eat,

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quick bite and of course didn't do an exercise.

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Maybe walking to the venue or to the place, to the conference.

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But this is great to have that like a routine or a focus that you have is steps that is in a

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way easy to do if you do it and practice on it.

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Exactly.

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I have an idea here, maybe in this part we

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should give tips and advice on how you get sustainable focus when you perform or giving a

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speech or doing a presentation.

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What do you say about that?

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Yeah, that sounds good.

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We hopefully then have answers or could lead

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to other answers, colleagues in the field and so on.

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Fellow podcasters that are interested in this area and then you have questions if you do

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some introspection, maybe have thought about something or listen to episodes.

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So I think that's a great idea.

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Great.

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Martin well, we said before we should keep

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this podcast simple.

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Short and sweet.

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Short and sweet, yes.

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So I thank you for today.

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Martin yes, thank you too.

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Also.

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And also the listeners out there and the listener, the one individual that

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listen to these pieces of advice.

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And my call to action is to check out the new

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podcast app.

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For example, Fountain.

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Yes. Can you tell a little about this Fountain app?

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A little bit, and then we'll do it over time.

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It is a new podcast app that you could use and you could earn something called Satoshi's Bits

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of Bitcoin.

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You could also support other fellow

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podcasters, and you could also send a note, like a digital telegram with a booster gram.

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It's called so sending in Satoshi's and saying great advice or it was thoughtful thing, or I

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don't agree or whatever, or a quick hello.

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So this is the new kind of podcast app, or

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podcaster, as they say, sounds really fun.

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Well, then we say to our listeners now that they should have a really nice

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weekend.

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And stay tuned.

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Stay tuned.

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Cheers.

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