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Give high impact talks and presentations – 5 simple tips

Do you want to give high impact talks and presentations? Does your audience sometimes seem disengaged? Or are you less confident than you would like to be 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 ways 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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How to Make Complex Communication less Complicated

"Making the simple complicated, that's easy.  Making the complex simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."  Charles Mingus The best communication tends to be simple.  Whether it's memorable phrases from history or literature "Jesus Wept",  "I came, I saw, I conquered", great adverting slogans: Just Do It; Coke Is It, or important…

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How to Choose a Public Speaking Coach

When you choose a public speaking coach or presentation trainer, you want someone who knows their stuff. This means someone who actively practises what they preach and with the experience to add value to your communication. Only with this expertise can a public speaking coach help you compose your talk and rehearse you properly.…

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The Harry Potter Approach to Presentations

What can we learn from Harry Potter about better presentations? One simple rule:  Like magic, PowerPoint is powerful, and to do good it has to be used properly. Let me explain. Like the magic in Harry Potter, PowerPoint is a powerful tool.  And the ease of using PowerPoint sometimes makes…

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Better Communication Skills Training – for HR and L&D teams

For an quick overview of our services supporting HR and L&D teams, please download our new communications skills training booklet.   Communication Skills Training Booklet   This booklet includes these Five Essential Tests to decide if Communication Skills Training is needed   1. First Impressions Test Does the audience feel positive and…

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How Do You Avoid Death By PowerPoint Presentation?

We are all familiar with the feeling of Death by PowerPoint. But, what causes it? To understand how to use PowerPoint well, we need to understand how we take in information. Important Fact 1:  Your brain does not multitask. (Even if you are a woman.) For example, you can either…

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