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Give Yourself Better Investor Meetings

July 18, 2014

  Do you want better meetings with investors?  While all investors are different and all investor meetings are different, there are a few things you can do to ensure better investor meetings:   1. Practice and Role Play By rehearsing different types of investor meetings...

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How Do You Avoid Death By PowerPoint Presentation?

July 18, 2014

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...

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Writing to Speak. And Speaking Right

April 4, 2014

Better Writing for Public Speaking Why does public speaking turn some charismatic inspirational leaders into boring dull presenters?  We’ve all seen it. So, why does this happen? It's because the rules for spoken English and for written English are completely different. Think of the...

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Make Your Financial Presentations Sparkle in Just Three Steps

March 20, 2014

Create Great Financial Presentations “It’s just a financial presentation.” “How can you get people engaged when reporting numbers?” “It’s really hard to get the board interested.” These are typical comments we hear from CFOs and financial controllers. Fortunately, financial reporting presentations can be as...

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Facts Tell, Stories Sell

March 20, 2014

Story-Telling in Presentations How many stories can you remember from your childhood?  The fairy stories? The classic tales? The religious stories?  I am sure you could recite many of these. But how much do you remember of the presentations you have heard over the...

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Conference Panel Discussions – how to look great

January 20, 2014

Make your conference panels discussion work. If you are on a conference panel this year,  make your attendance more successful with essential preparation. These six conference panel tips will help you look more impressive, interesting and impactful.    1.     Plan well in advance. With your...

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Five Powerful Ways to Start your Investor Presentation

July 5, 2013

How to Start Investor Presentations Can your investor presentations have more impact with a stronger start? The first part of decision making (thinking fast) is instant, efficient and completely unconscious. Ie your brain makes a decision before you do. For example, if you meet someone...

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What Makes Sir Bob Geldof Such a Powerful Communicator?

June 24, 2013

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...

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

April 30, 2013

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...

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How to prepare for media interviews

January 16, 2013

You must prepare for media interviews The excruciating Newsnight interview with Treasury Minister Chloe Smith this summer is one example of what happens when you don't prepare properly for an interview. Whether you’re being interviewed for a industry magazine, newspaper, TV or radio, you can...

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Transform your Business Presentations

August 1, 2012

How can you improve your firm's success in pitching? In business presenting? And in giving conference talks? How much would a 10% improvement across your company be worth? You can learn a lot by reviewing how other people present their business presentations. We analyse...

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Why Body Language Matters When Pitching to Win Business

June 29, 2012

Better Body Language We all know that body language is important in business.  But how important? And does is really make a big difference when selling something complex like an investment in a hedge fund, private equity or venture capital? And can you really...

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Essential Tip for Better Conference Talks

November 17, 2011

When you give a conference talk (or any other bit of public speaking) you want to sound impressive. But, too many people fall into this trap: The way we speak and the way we write are very different.  W hat looks good when written...

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How To Look Good On a Conference Panel

November 17, 2011

Do you look good on a conference panel? When they work well, conference panels are the lifeblood of any conference.  When bad, they are a disaster. But what makes a great conference panel ? At BBA we prepare a lot of people so they look...

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How to be liked – and win more business

July 14, 2011

We all want to be liked. But did you know that being liked is critical for winning new business?   The Importance of Being Liked   Professor Amy Cuddy, of Harvard Business School was featured in a Harvard Magazine article. She concludes that 80% of...

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10 Speed Networking Tips – when pitching to investors

June 13, 2011

How do you handle an Investor Speed Networking event? Here are a few tips to increase the success of your encounter. In this case, Imagine you are a fund looking for investors FIRST – WHAT NOT TO DO - Don’t rush - Don’t just...

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TED talks – how do they keep the quality so high?

February 10, 2011

If you are a keen follower of TED talks then you might be interested in how they help their speakers perform so well. Of course, part of the magic is picking the right people to talk.  But even then, as any conference goer can...

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What colour is your Ferrari? – private equity investor pitches

November 16, 2010

Elevator pitch?  Lets give it a new name. Let's call it a Ferrari pitch. Why Ferrari pitch? Because its all about first impressions. Imagine your fund were a red Ferrari - What’s the first impression you give to investors: Overpaid and a bit flash yes,...

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Better Annual Investor Meetings Need Better Investor Presentations

November 4, 2010

This slideshow shows the dilemma so many annual investor meeting presenters set themselves.  This is what we tell CEOs when we work with them to give them better annual meeting investor presentations. But with some careful thought you can create better annual meeting investor presentations.  Better...

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Why are so many good accountants bad public speakers?

December 30, 2009

How can you be a brilliant accountant but a terrible  public speaker? Having coached scores of CFOs over the years, I have come to the conclusion it is because of rigorous accountancy training.  In fact, there is a clear conflict between the principles that...

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