Category: For HR, Learning and Development

Conference panel introductions: six tips to introduce yourself memorably

When you take part in a conference panel, do you use your introduction as a chance to stand out? First impressions count. Conference panel audiences form their opinion of you based on the first things you say. That’s why your introduction matters, often as much - or more than -…

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10 powerful language techniques to use in your next talk or presentation

Great leaders use powerful language to add interest and colour to even the blandest of topics. There are ten core techniques that they return to time and again. These are the ones we share with our clients to help them create stand-out talks and presentations. Using the same techniques, you can…

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Storytelling: your secret weapon for effective business communication

Leaders tell stories so that audiences listen, remember and act on what they say. In fact, stories are “the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal,” according to Harvard University professor and noted psychologist Dr Howard Gardner. But many business leaders shy away from storytelling because they don’t see…

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Five simple spoken language tricks to improve your talks and presentations

Spoken language is the most powerful communication tool we possess. Unfortunately, many of us use it like amateurs. While we may all have worked away at our written English, few of us learn how to craft outstanding spoken language. Using just a few simple rhetorical tricks, you can quickly bring…

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The Slide-Led Presentation is Dead: Long Live the Message-Led Presentation

We’ve all experienced Death by PowerPoint - it’s one of the most unattractive aspects of business today. As advertising legend David Ogilvy famously observed, “most people use PowerPoint like a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination.” It’s almost as if we’ve forgotten how to present without PowerPoint.…

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Give high impact talks and presentations – 5 simple tips

Do you want to give high impact talks and presentations? Do you want to engage your audience? And do you want to look and feel confident when speaking? If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then these techniques are for you. We’ve been coaching business leaders to become impressive…

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Five rules when presenting to multilingual audiences in English

Globalisation means that multilingual audiences are now increasingly common. Multilingual audiences provide a unique challenge for speakers and presenters. How can you be clearly understood, without dumbing down your topic or patronising your audience? In addition, if English is not your first language, you may feel at a disadvantage when using it…

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Five steps to effective video conferencing

96% of business leaders believe video conferencing improves productivity, according to a recent Polycom survey. The benefits of video conferencing are clear, but there are also challenges and pitfalls to navigate. Ensure that your next virtual meeting runs smoothly and effectively, by following our five steps to effective video conferencing: 1.…

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Five reasons that good public speaking skills make you a better leader

Do your public speaking skills enable you to inspire, motivate and influence others? Many leaders in the corporate world are nervous of public speaking. Some even outright avoid it.  According to Forbes magazine, 20 per cent of business leaders say they would do anything to avoid giving a presentation. Despite…

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Why good body language is the best visual aid for your talks

The best (or worst) visual aid for your talks is you. You are the focus of attention in your presentations. Not your PowerPoint slides. In fact, many of the best speakers - politicians, comedians, TED presenters - don’t use any supplementary visuals at all, just their own face and body.…

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“What should I do with my hands?” – Speakers’ body language for leaders

Our clients frequently ask, "What should I do with my hands?". As soon as we become conscious of our bodies, they get in our way. When we’re faced with an audience, we become like learner drivers, unable to operate all the controls smoothly. Advice to ‘act naturally’ isn’t useful, as…

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Why great public speakers are like championship boxers

Championship boxers aim to finish fights by throwing a knockout punch. Great speakers do the same thing with their conclusions, using powerful language in place of right hooks. Using a verbal knockout to end your speech gives maximum longevity and impact to your message. The second-most important part of your…

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Three short words to strengthen your presentation structure

Do you know what you want to say, and the order you want to say it in? Try this quick test of your presentation structure: Rearrange the order of your slides and/or your presentation notes. Do the headings still make sense? If your answer is yes, then you don’t have a strong presentation structure because…

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Five techniques to make a boring presentation more interesting

There are simple ways to make a boring presentation more interesting. If you talk about a dry topic in a dull manner, your audience will struggle to stay attentive. And if the objective of your speech or presentation is to create change of some sort - opinion, action or education - then…

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Seven ways to use stories to make your next talk or presentation more powerful

No matter what the topic of your next speech or presentation, stories will give it more impact. People forget facts, but they repeat stories. That's why they should be at the top of your public speaking toolkit. Here are seven ways to use stories in your next talk or presentation: 1. Use…

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How to start a speech or presentation

How do you start a speech or presentation with impact? Think of how you typically start a speech or presentation. Do you begin with any of these lines?: - Hi, my name is … and I’m here to talk about… - Before I start, I want to introduce myself… - Thank you all for…

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Five ways to run a great Town Hall event

Town Hall meetings have become a calendar fixture at many large companies. Although originally based on the idea of New England citizens voicing their thoughts, the term Town Hall is often just another name for traditional, top-down presentations by senior management. So how can you make your town hall event…

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Five reasons why employees are your most important audience

I reckon every leader has, at some point, announced ‘our people are our priority’. It’s so often said, but so rarely true when it comes to communication. Employees are often the last to know about corporate news that affects them, or to hear of new products and services that the…

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Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking in Three Steps

Do you feel nervous when you need to stand up and speak?  Do you feel the dread?  Does it make your heart race or your body go sweaty? Fear of public speaking is widespread.  When we coach people to become better public speakers, it’s one of the most common problems…

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Ten Commandments for A Great Conference Talk

While every conference talk is different, there are some rules that apply to any talk.  Here are some simple rules, some commandments to make your conference talk into a great conference talk. Because ignoring these commandments will lead you into Death by PowerPoint.   1. Thou shalt aim to entertain and…

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