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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 […]

Once upon a time … My Favourite Story Opening

Once Upon A Time ... Change how you think about public speaking

Today I wish to change how you think about public speaking. It’s not a chore to be feared; it’s an opportunity to be grasped. I dislike anything to do with Excel and Accounts. I keep putting this type of work off until the last minute and then do it under pressure, increasing my distaste for the […]

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 […]

The Three Questions Every Winning Pitch Must Answer

Three Questions Every Winning Pitch Must Answer

I am very sad to see Niamh Collins depart the DCU Ryan Academy for pastures new. Over the last ten years, she was the heart and soul of the ‘Female High Fliers’ programme in particular, but also the other programmes, such as Illuminate, Propeller and numerous SFI programmes. Niamh was the most caring, well organised, […]

Stop Selling – Help People to BUY!!

Stop Selling Help People to Buy

(Are you a reluctant salesperson?) More often than not, the people I work with would not describe themselves as salespeople; they are ‘C suite’ people, or highly technical skilled people who are now expected to sell.   Is this why they went to college, got a degree and created a level of experience in the workplace? Yet it’s the experience they have gained along the way which is the highly valuable attribute […]

Tips to Improve Your Handicap When Speaking in Public (Become a Winner)

tips for a successful pitch

                  I remember, as a young man, visiting a manufacturing company in Wales which employed hundreds of people, in what would now be described as heavy engineering. I was visiting in order to get training and become familiar with their products. I was in my 20s, in […]

Prepare presentations in half the time!

Aristo Presentation making

Is your goal to have more time? Let me tell you how I can save you time by being more productive! “Humanity’s goal is to save more time” – Marcus Weldon, President Bell Labs & CTO Nokia How scary is it to look at a blank page on a screen and realise that you have to populate […]

Create Memorable Presentations – Overcome Death by PowerPoint

Stand Out in a Competitive Market

          Here are a number of questions for you – Do the people who write story books for children start by drawing the pictures and then write the story? Or do they (as I believe) write the story first, and then have an artist draw the pictures that enhance the story? […]

Ten Top Tips when preparing a presentation

Top Ten

Find out about your audience i.e. age profile, gender mix, business etc. Ask yourself as a result of my talk what do I want my audience to do,  more of, less of, stop or start. Decide what is the key point you want your audience to take away from the presentation. Decide on an exciting […]