Creating Effective Presentation Slides

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve sat through presentations where the presenter came across as confident and engaging right from the start and demonstrated genuine enthusiasm for their subject. Then the first slide goes up. We immediately focus our attention away from what the...

Turning Face to Face Training into Virtual Reality

  Do you have to deliver ‘virtual’ or ‘remote’ training as part of your role?  Or maybe it’s something you know you’ll have to do one day and the thought of it fills you with dread.  Last year, that’s exactly how we felt when we were...

Implementing Strategy – taking the next steps

  Let’s start by reminding ourselves of the two fundamental questions of leadership: Where am I going? Why should anyone follow me? My previous blogs have focused on Strategic Thinking where I have outlined what it is and how developing an effective strategy may be best approached. This addresses...

Creating a Feedback Culture – Providing Opportunities

  If you were asked to describe the feedback culture of your organisation, what would you say and why? What, if anything, could be better? I have lost count of the times a client has said “Please cover feedback on your workshop as we want to create a...

PEA – A Simple Tool to Transform Meetings

  How many times have you been to a meeting, whether a team meeting, project meeting or one to one with your manager, and felt like you had no idea where it was going? You might not have been clear on why you were there, what...

Time Management Tips – Two Tips to Focus Your Mind

How often to you get to the end of the day and ask yourself “where’s the day gone?”, “how did I achieve so little?”, “how did I manage to waste so much time?” Let’s be honest – we all have days where we’re not as...

Networking Events for the Fainthearted

The email about the large networking event dropped into my inbox and I knew I ought to go, it would be a great opportunity to expand my network for my business...

Mastering the Art of One-to-One Conversations

What are the important one-to-one conversations you’ve had recently, perhaps as a professional, as a friend or as a parent? How could you have got more from that conversation, especially if it was with someone where the relationship is currently difficult? A conversation between two people has...

Persuasion – How to Persuade Others that you’re Right!

  How many times have you categorically known that you are right about something but haven’t been able to persuade others?   This has happened to me many times and it’s really frustrating. Why don’t people see what I’m seeing? Why aren’t they convinced when it’s so...

Setting Objectives – The Focus Wheel

  You’ve just sat down with one of your team to review his objectives and you’ve agreed that he needs to focus on developing his influencing skills, particularly in relation to his new project.  You’re both very familiar with the concept of SMART, but have no idea...

Ideas in Meetings – Going from Good to Great

As you walk away from yet another meeting where you feel personally underwhelmed by the quality of ideas, are you convinced that with a bit more time you could have all come up with something a bit more creative? How do you achieve meetings that create...

Before Strategy – 3 Important Questions to Ask

Leaders of organisations spend a lot of time thinking about, and evolving, strategy but there are three questions that may be even more important to consider first: Why we exist as an organisation – What is our Mission or Purpose? Who we are – What are our...