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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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Three steps to effective charity presentations

Three steps to effective charity presentations UK charities are under pressure. The fallout from the Kids Company collapse continues to put the spotlight on governance and fundraising methods are very much under scrutiny. Effective charity presentations are more essential than ever, to win support for your cause from local government and civil…

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Do your pitches pass the Takeaway Test?

How do people talk about you or your company to their colleagues after your pitches? We call this the Takeaway Test. Providing a succinct and memorable takeaway that sums up your value proposition or key message will help clients to form a distinct image of you and your company in…

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How to present a good sales pitch

What do you want to achieve from a good sales pitch? Typically, people hope a good sales pitch will impress the customer, be memorable and finish with the customer wanting to buy the service or product. Yet many salespeople gravitate towards formats, styles and presentation methods that have been proven to no longer be effective.…

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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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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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Six Tips for Better Public Speaking

It’s easy to talk – in the same way it’s easy to kick a ball. Any of us can do it. But if you want to be good at it: to play football rather than just kick a ball – to speak in public rather than just talk, you need…

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What Makes Sir Bob Geldof Such a Powerful Communicator?

Bob Geldof has always come across as a great showman. He's charismatic, passionate and forceful. But how does he do it? Last week, I had the pleasure of chairing the opening morning of GAIM, the hedge fund conference.  Sir Bob was guest speaker, talking about the fund he chairs, 8…

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Creating a Great Pitch Document – 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

What Makes A Great Pitch Document? When you want to win new business, how important is your pitch document?  It may decide if you get to the next stage of the sale.  Whether you are pitching to an investor, raising money from a donor, or selling something, your pitch document is…

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The Marshmallow Challenge – a great ice breaker and team-building event

An Effective Low Budget Team-Building Event   Should you want to try something a bit different from your next team building event, here is a great idea: The Marshmallow Challenge.  Unexpectedly simple and challenging, this exercise helps demonstrate teamwork, innovation, working under pressure, planning and lateral thinking. We recently ran…

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How to Harness the Power of Persuasion

Be More Persuasive in Presentations "It's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it. The success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it." Alain de Botton Be More Persuasive Persuasive presenting takes more than just a few well-chosen words. To succeed…

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