Category: Improve Your Leadership Communications

Confident Presenting in 10 Easy Steps

How to become a confident presenter Banish your fear of public speaking There is no one cure for the fear of public speaking.  Each person is different. At the same time, whatever your fears, they can be overcome. You can make become a confident presenter if you follow these simple…

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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 Prepare PowerPoint Presentations

Prepare Better PowerPoint Presentations PowerPoint can be great.  Or it can be crap. We all know what Death by PowerPoint feels like. But, how do you prepare better PowerPoint presentations and avoid mistakes? We have identified five common PowerPoint mistakes that send presentations to the graveyard: Help me prepare better…

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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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Six Simple Public Speaking Tips For Business

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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How to prepare a webinar for impact

If you are a panelist or a moderator on a webinar, you want to prepare properly. Webinars are excellent marketing opportunities. And they help build your profile. So that you shine on your next webinar or panel, we’ve put together some quick tips to prepare a webinar:   Webinar Panel…

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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 use messaging that works

Do you use messaging that works? What was the UK government’s key messaging during the COVID 19 pandemic? Can you remember? Most of you probably remember “Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save lives”. Those are the messages that appeared on the lecterns at the daily press briefings,…

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How to be more persuasive in business presentations

More Persuasive Business 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 In day to day business, we want to be more persuasive. You may want approval from…

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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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What is The “So What?” Test? – And how to use it.

So What? is probably your most important question. When you put your talk or presentation together, how do you decide what to include and what to leave out? Our recommendation: Use the “So What?” test. The SO WHAT TEST should be an essential part of preparing all presentations.   What is…

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How to start a business presentation

How do you start your business presentations? When presenting, the first few seconds of your talk are the most important. You can win, or lose, your audience within the first 10 seconds. Learn how to start your presentation powerfully Structuring an opening that grabs attention and sets the scene will…

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Improve Your Sales Presentation Skills

Do you want better sales presentations? With better sales presentation skills you will have better sales pitches. Typically, we all hope a good sales pitch will impress your customer, be memorable and finish with the customer wanting to buy from you. And if you know what best practice looks like,…

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Effective presentation skills you must learn

Your leadership talks need to be effective As a leader, every talk or presentation you give is an exercise in persuasion. That means you need effective presentation skills. By the time you finish talking, you want your audience to agree, feel differently, or take action. You also need to persuade…

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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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Five Tips for a Killer Elevator Pitch

“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." Blaise Pascal 1657 If you need to give a short pitch - an elevator pitch - for your business or for your fund you know how tough it is. For example, if…

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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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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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How to give a killer presentation? Make it simple

If you want to give a killer presentation, then make your presentation simple.   That's because it's too easy to get tied up in the detail. If you can't see the wood for the trees, how will your audience? Your job as a presenter is to make it easy for…

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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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To PowerPoint or Not To PowerPoint?

Is PowerPoint the best way to communicate your ideas?  That's a big question. In his latest letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon addresses the question of PowerPoint and shares what they do at Amazon. Surprisingly, at the most senior level, they have banned PowerPoint.  Instead they use memos. …

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How to Prepare a Presentation – what not to do

How do you prepare a presentation? First, understand how NOT to prepare a presentation. This what most people do to prepare presentations: 1. Switch on their computer 2. Open up PowerPoint 3. Search out other presentations given recently 4. Start making changes to PowerPoint slides 5. Print out the first batch…

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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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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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