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Myths v Truths

Myths v Truths

When it comes to public speaking and delivering presentations, there's no shortage of advice and shared experiences. As a result, I hear an awful lot of well-meaning advice, that in fact isn’t very helpful.  Many tips have become accepted mantras but very often they...

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You never know who is about to walk into the room

You never know who is about to walk into the room

It is said you have around seven seconds to make a first impression. A thoroughly rehearsed few lines that come off as robotic and unnatural will not achieve this and will come across stilted and awkward.  But knowing exactly what you need to communicate the key information in a short space of time, and having a number of ways you can do this flexibly and instinctively, will give you the edge and make you memorable.

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There’s more in you than you think

There’s more in you than you think

The senior school I went to has a motto: ‘Plus est en vous’ or ‘there’s more in you’. It’s a statement that comes to my mind most days.  During challenging times, if I am doubting myself or if things are going well, this motto grounds me and inspires me to deliver...

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The true cost of working remotely

The true cost of working remotely

Thankfully the days of lockdown are long gone, and our freedom has returned.  But many of the ‘emergency’ procedures we put in place when we had no other choice have remained.
What does this mean for business?  In the simplest terms, everything is taking longer and as a result opportunities are being missed.

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Looking Ahead to more Success!

Looking Ahead to more Success!

Reflection is essential before effectively planning for the future and as I look back over 2022 and what we as a business achieved, I feel proud, motivated and excited about what 2023 has in store. We had a busy year behind the scenes improving our digital platforms...

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Preparing for a Question and Answer Session

Download Our Q&A Tip PDF Imagine cooking a sensational meal and then serving it on paper plates and using the kids plastic cutlery to save on the washing.  It might still taste great (and you are doing your bit for the environment) but a vital part of any...

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Making Visual Presentations work for you

Research has shown that an excellent visual presentation can significantly improve the retention of information and ensure a far better experience for your audience if it is delivered well.  Source - PropelGrowth There are many different visual aids and software...

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Speech Writing – Finding the right words

A lot of my time is spent supporting people on the technical side of communication; the pace of a speech, managing non-verbal communication, maximising silence, among many other areas. However, one of the most critical aspects that people often dismiss when speech...

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Four public speaking techniques from the best

Just as the top sportspeople and finest actors make it look easy, so the world’s most inspiring speakers have a calmness and a flow that keeps us captivated.  However, as with anyone who's successfully mastered their craft, the hard work that goes into the final...

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Finding Confidence With Assertive Behaviour

Assertiveness, to some, comes with negative connotations, and it shouldn’t. There is nothing wrong with being assertive; it is a crucial trait of great leaders, as long as it doesn’t stray into aggression.

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Negotiation Pitfalls – how to avoid them

Negotiation should be a positive experience for both parties and ultimately, a win-win for both sides. However, when I deliver Negotiation training, I often find clients falling into the same pitfalls that result in a poor result for them or the people they’re...

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Negotiation Skills – all about win-win

Negotiation Skills – all about win-win

Negotiating isn’t easy but it doesn’t need to be difficult. There are a number of techniques and tips that can help remove many of the challenges. We deliver a number of training sessions on this. Find out how to achieve a win-win.

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Tell Me About Your Background

There was a time when I’d ask clients this question and the answer required a thumbnail sketch of their career so far. Nowadays, it leads to an entirely different discussion. As we all present and pitch online, the time you have to capture the attention of the...

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The Presentation Tips You Need To Succeed

For many people, giving a presentation is not easy. Doesn't matter if you are presenting virtually or in person. Some are comfortable standing in front of a crowd, clicker in hand, attempting to impart a message. However, comfort doesn't necessarily mean competency. I...

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Public Speaking Tips To Overcome Your Fear

I am regularly asked for public speaking tips from the people I work with. Often people have built up such a fear of public speaking they are convinced they will never be able to do it. The good news is that anyone can become a good public speaker with the right advice and some hard work. Find out how…

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How to be more assertive at work

I am regularly asked ‘how to be more assertive at work’. It is not easy for many people, but it is well within everyone’s ability to change their approach and find that confidence with the right approach.

We have developed a number of sessions that will help you overcome your problems with confidence and start making positive moves at work.

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How to improve communication skills as a leader

How to improve communication skills as a leader

Successful leadership and excellent, effective communication go hand in hand, but how do you improve your communication skills if your message isn't getting through? One does not exist without the other. I’m often drafted in to support leaders looking to improve their...

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Prepare to get Pitch Fit

"A champion is not made when they succeed; a champion is made when you look back at the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and months they have spent preparing." Eluid Kipchoge - Kenyan long-distance runner and 2016 Olympic marathon gold medallist. The levels of...

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Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch

I recently worked with TalentSpark, the Start-Up Recruitment Specialists in Scotland, to produce a short guide to pitching. I hope that you find it interesting! You can read more from TalentSpark.    

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Prepare to Step Out of your Comfort Zone

Do you find yourself considering whether it’s time to climb the career ladder or look for a new job? Perhaps you are thinking of ways to bring in new clients or want to get out there and pitch your business to new investors or at a funding competition? We constantly...

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