Category: For HR, Learning and Development

Online Presentation Training Courses – what to look for

If you are looking for a great presentation training course, especially one aimed at business executives, you want to be sure that you pick one of the best. Check what your presentation training course covers.  These are some of the key things that you should learn. This summarises many of…

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How to use stories in presentations and talks

No matter what the topic of your next speech or presentation, if you use stories you will have 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…

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How to improve your business presenting skills

"How do you improve your business presenting skills?" We are often asked for a few tips on improving business presenting skills. To complement the various guides available (see right) and courses we run, here is some practical advice to help you polish your presenting skills.   If you want really…

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How to Build a Presentation – 4 simple steps

How do you build you presentation now? If you want really good presentations, you may need to re-think how you build them. If you switch to PowerPoint as soon as you hear the word 'presentation', then we can show you how you should build your presentation. We suggest you completely…

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Business storytelling for better business

How do you use storytelling in business ? Leaders use storytelling 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…

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Presentation secret: speak directly to your audience

The biggest presentation secret is not a secret at all. In a conversation you would never say: “In this sentence you will hear that I am saying…..” or “In my next paragraph I will outline my argument.” This would be “meta-talk”: talk about talking, and it sounds very odd! That's…

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How to present online with impact: eight essential tips

Do you want to make an impact when you present online? In the last few months, our clients have turned investor meetings into video conferences and now practically live on Zoom. If you need to: participate in online meetings, present online via Zoom or Teams, or transform your next investor…

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Six steps to better online presenting

According to a Polycom survey, 96% of business leaders believe online presenting improves productivity. And recent market conditions show how effective it can be. Make sure  your next online presentation by video conference runs smoothly by following our six steps to effective online presentations:   1. Choose the right setting…

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Give a Better Conference Talk with One Quick Fix

There is one simple mistake repeated by too many conference speakers, especially in the financial world. We want to make sure you do not fall into the same trap. To give a better conference talk you may want to use visual aids. What some people do is re-use their PowerPoint slides…

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How to improve your public speaking

Public Speaking is an essential skill in business. To succeed, you want to improve your public speaking skills. These top ten public speaking tips will help you look and feel more impressive. They are based on 10+ years experience coaching executives to become better public speakers, whether for talks, pitches…

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Better eye contact for better presentations

Imagine if I came to ask you for some help. What would you think if  I didn't look you in the eye? Or if I avoided your gaze? Or if I looked down every time I said something? What impression do you get?   You need good eye contact to…

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A new style of communication for a new world

Now that most communication is conducted remotely, we are increasingly relying on Zoom. This means we all need to work even harder to get our messages across to key audiences. And it also means that we all have to work harder to stand out from the competition.   In this…

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How to be a Confident Public Speaker – Get Rid of UMs, ERRs and Verbal Tics

How To Be A Confident Public Speaker - Get Rid of Umms and Errs If your talks are full of verbal tics, like 'UMM' 'ERR' and 'Y'know' then you have a problem. But these verbal tics can be cured. Why is this important?  Because if you do not address this,…

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What’s your OBBI – your One Big Brilliant Idea?

Stop signs are red.  Police lights (in Europe) are blue.  Warning signs are yellow. But as every child knows, if you mix all those bold colours together, you don’t get a multicolour tutti-frutti, you get a boring brown mess. It’s the same with talks and ideas.  Talks are a mess…

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How do you Speak Like a Leader? Lessons from leadership coaching

Great leaders speak like leaders. In fact, most leaders will agree that communication skills are their number one skill. When we see or hear leaders speak well, it’s easy to believe they have a natural talent for it. However, after ten years of coaching CEOs, CFOs and Senior Executives, we’ve…

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How To Write So People Will Read – 6 Great Tips

How do you write well for business? Could you be more impressive with better writing? These days, we are writing more than ever. That means it’s harder than ever to grab attention.  Your readers have more and more to get through – so you need to make it easy for…

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How to introduce yourself on a conference panel / webinar

When you next appear on a webinar or a conference panel, how will you introduce yourself? You want to look good and sound good from the start. Audiences will listen to you more if you do. That means you've got to get your opening words just right. That’s why how…

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10 Power Language techniques to use in your next talk or presentation

How To Use Powerful Language For Leadership Communications   Great leaders use Power Language. It adds interest and colour to what they say. You will recognise ten core techniques that great leaders use to make their talks and presentations more powerful. Using the same techniques, you can make your public…

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How to Choose a Public Speaking Coach

How do you choose a public speaking coach? When selecting a public speaking coach or presentation trainer, you want to work with a genuine expert.   To sort the genuine from the quacks, we've identified five regularly-quoted pieces of advice that are complete bunkum. If your prospective public speaking coach, trainer or advisor…

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Five simple spoken language tricks to improve your talks and presentations

Rhetorical Devices for 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…

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Powerpoint 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 (nearly) said, “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…

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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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Why good public speaking skills make you a better leader

Do your leadership public speaking skills inspire, motivate and influence others? They should. Many leaders are nervous of public speaking. Some even avoid it. According to Forbes magazine: 20 per cent of business leaders say they would do anything to avoid giving a presentation. Yet, 70 per cent agree that…

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

Better Body Language for your Presentations The best (or worst) visual aid for your talks is you. You and your body language 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…

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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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How to end a speech – like a championship boxer

How do you end a speech powerfully? Great boxers 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.…

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How to structure your presentation – three short words

How do you structure your presentation for impact? 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: First, rearrange your presentation structure.  Change the order of your slides and/or your presentation notes. Do the…

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How 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. Instead, you need to make an impact and make it memorable. This can feel intimidating: some topics don’t appear to offer much…

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How to start a speech or presentation – 4 great ways

How do you start a speech or presentation with impact? Think 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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