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Why People Hate Meetings

Why People Hate Meetings

When engaging with my clients in larger businesses, they have either just come out of a meeting or are under pressure to attend the next meeting.  With an exasperated voice, they tell me they spend all their days in meetings with little time for what they would regard as their actual work.  The real work […]

When presenting, STOP before you are asked to STOP

Stop before you are asked to stop

People often say to me that they rarely make presentations in their role, but that’s not true. Regularly you attempt to bring colleagues around to your way of thinking You want to introduce colleagues to new work practices/platforms You need to get one of your clients/customers to buy into your idea Win support or Investment […]

Fail to Prepare – Prepare to Fail – Thanks Roy

Fail to Prepare - Prepare to Fail - Thanks Roy

One of my most significant observations of the last few months is that very few people provide adequate preparation time for important meetings or presentations. The “It will be alright on the night” attitude is the strongest impression I gain when observing people speaking to a small team or a larger group. Stop before you […]

Never, Never Attempt To Memorise a Pitch!

Never attempt to memorise a presentation. Believe in yourself.

Why do presenters always attempt to memorise presentations? You can learn to recite a poem or the lyrics to a song over days or weeks. Yet, if you are uncomfortable in front of your audience, you may still struggle to remember the words; I know I do! So here is my best advice on preparing […]

What have Golf, Funerals and Rock Concerts got in common?

What have Golf Funerals and Rock Concerts got in common?

This week I had three different reminders of why good timekeeping is essential. Arrive early: My first is an obvious example; I was on the first tee box at my Golf Club. Anthony arrived late in a flurry, apologised, stood up on the tee hurriedly and hit his ball into the deep rough. He did […]

“It will be alright on the night” – Maybe?

It will be alright on the night - Maybe? Preparing for a meeting

How many times have you said this to yourself while preparing for a meeting? It will be alright on the night (or day). You have business meetings to attend in the hope of winning new business, seeking support or investment, or providing guidance and encouragement to your team. But you are busy with the daily […]

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail (Presentation Skills)

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.74″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] Last week was a full week back to what was previously normal. Preparing Presentation Skills Workshops Improve Your Pitching & Presentation Skills This week I had two days preparing and two days delivering presentation skills workshops. My Week: Taxi to […]