Category: For HR, Learning and Development

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…

Read More

Leadership Coaching: Eight Tips to Speak Like a Leader

No matter how you became a leader, it will be your communication skills that help you stay there.  Great leaders speak like leaders.  They are almost always great communicators. In fact, most leaders will agree that communication skills are their number one skill. When we see or hear leaders speak…

Read More

How To Write So People Will Read – 6 Great Tips

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 them to read what you write.  This is especially true in business. But how do…

Read More

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 -…

Read More

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

How To Harness Powerful Language For Leadership Communications Great leaders use Power Language to add interest and colour to what they say. There are ten core techniques that great leaders use to make their talks and presentations more powerful. These are the ones we share with our clients to help them…

Read More

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…

Read More

Storytelling: your secret weapon for effective business communication

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 shy away from storytelling because they don’t know…

Read More

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…

Read More

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 (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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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:  …

Read More

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

Do your 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 presentation…

Read More

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.…

Read More

“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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More

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…

Read More

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 coming,…

Read More

ESSENTIAL PROGRAMMES

Review our top coaching, advice and training programmes.

1. Improve Your Investor Pitch

2. Public Speaking Coaching

3. Presentation Coaching

4. Media Training
All these are in-house programmes. (Not ‘open’ courses.) and can be run as 1:1 or small group training in-house.
Contact Us Now

.

Top Blog Posts

What Our Clients Say


“The new presentation properly represents the institutional quality of our fund. It has been a step change of us.”

Erwin de Kleijn Head of IR, Saemor Capital


“This training has contributed directly to new business – including a new FTSE100 client.”

Michelle Elstein Head of Business Development, Olswang LLP


“BBA transformed our pitch into a compelling investment narrative. They undoubtedly helped us secure Sky TV as an investor.”

Gerry Bastable  Director, Blast Films