PRESENTING Dos and DON’Ts

I’m in to insightful, outcome-based, bespoke training – I take time to understand your challenges before creating a programme just for you. But there’s no denying there are some fundamental rules that we would all benefit from remembering the next time we get up and...

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What fires you up?

I recently worked with a lovely client called Amanda, who is a health data analyst. Her presentations were all about, well…data. How to capture it, and what to do with it. Presentations about data – about numbers, statistics, and graphs – have the potential to be...

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“I’m happy to take questions at the end”…are you??

You can prepare and rehearse your presentation as much as you like, but I know people still get a bit scared of that bit at the end when you’re expected to take questions from the floor. It’s worth exploring why you feel like that. Often, it’s because we can’t...

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Are you the right type of communicator?

If you do an internet search of “modes of communication” or something similar, you’ll see lots of information about different presentation styles.  You might identify yourself as a “passive-aggressive” communicator; or maybe your style is ”ideas oriented”; perhaps...

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First Impressions online

Although we’re going back to the office, a lot of our communication will still be done via video conferencing. So, knowing how to make a good impression in the online world is as important as for face-to-face meetings. We’re all so used to video calls that we may be...

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How to Avoid “Death by PowerPoint”

PowerPoint is a funny old thing. We seem to love it and hate it in equal measure. Our heart sinks when the presenter opens their first slide, and yet, the first thing we do when we have to start writing our own presentation…yep, we go straight to PowerPoint. But the...

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Where do I look while I’m speaking?

Since publishing my recent blog, “But what do I do with my hands”, I’ve been asked for advice about eye contact. A lot of us struggle with this in day to day communication, let alone when standing up and talking to people in a professional capacity. But eye contact is...

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But what do I do with my hands?

This is one of the most common questions I’m asked. Many of us use our hands when we’re talking, but the minute we enter “presentation mode” we seem to shut down this part of our communication. We feel uncomfortable and unnatural, and our arms become these useless...

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Ten reasons they’re more confident than you.

Most people feel a degree of fear when asked to speak in front of an audience. It’s about vulnerability: we want the approval of our peers, and when there’s a risk of going wrong, we get scared. Simple. Having helped many people prepare for a presentation, here’s what...

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How do you start your presentation with impact?

How many presentations have you watched that start with “Hello, my name is ….and today I’m going to talk to you about…..”. Often delivered in a monotone and accompanied with some throat-clearing, fidgeting, and some ums and ahs for good measure. You have a matter of...

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Returning to Work After a Career Break

A lot of us haven’t had an interview for years. There are different reasons for this (maybe we’ve stayed in a job we love; or been stuck in a role we couldn’t progress from), but often it’s because we’ve taken a career break. Whatever the reason for taking time away...

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