The Elevator Pitch – Top Tips

  In last month’s blog we covered tips on how best to network (How to Network - 7 Practical Tips) and maybe now you feel ready to attend that networking event you’ve been avoiding for the past 6 months! Instead of looking forward to it, you’re now...

How to Create Professional Presentations – 5 Steps

How often do you attend presentations and find that the slides pretty much contain the presenter’s script? And you think to yourself “You may just as well have emailed it to me and I wouldn’t need to be here”. What about presentations where the content seems...

How to Handle Questions when Presenting

You’ve done everything within your control to prepare for that presentation. You’ve: considered the audience – who they are, what they know and what they want ‘begun with the end in mind’ and know what you want the audience to do as a result of attending your...

Bringing your Presentation Content to Life – A Four Step Recipe

How many presentations have you watched that were so dull the presenter might as well have given you a blanket and a cup of cocoa to finish off the process of putting you to sleep? Do you ever worry that your presentations are sending people into...

The Pitch – how to be brief, be bright and be gone

“The Pitch” has gained increased recognition recently as Lord Sugar’s Apprentices are required to pitch their ideas in a way that ensures theirs stand out from the crowd! So, what is a Pitch? Do you have one? Does it get your message across effectively and efficiently?...

Non-Verbal Communication – Getting Your Message Across

As you know, it’s not just what you say that matters, it’s the way that you say it! With so much written about interpreting body language, how are you supposed to know what’s right? Professor Albert Mehrabian's research provides the basis for the widely quoted and over-simplified...

Handling Presentation Horrors

You’ve prepared your presentation, you know your subject, you’ve even rehearsed it in front of the dog (but he wasn’t interested). So, why are you still having nightmares about what could go wrong? When I work with groups to develop their Presentation Skills, I always ask...