Pancakes and possibilities

I made pancakes for breakfast yesterday. They were delicious even if I say so myself. But up until recently, I couldn’t make them for the life of me. I’d pour the batter in the pan, try to stop it from sticking, try to flip and nearly always ended up with some sort of unappetising scrambled […]

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Personality and purpose

Do you want to know what I love about my job? Seeing patterns and stories and helping others shape and craft their message so that yes, it has impact and influence but more importantly than that, that their personality shines through. I’ve just finished a session this morning with an absolute inspiration of a business […]

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Be aware of the silences…

It’s not always the words and phrases we use that have an impact. It’s the pauses and silences. The signals. We spend so much time crafting the structure and then the words. But it’s the bits in between that hold it all together and weave a magic web of meaning. Watch out today for the […]

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What’s your potential as a speaker?

11 ago, I attended a training course on presentation skills. I was an experienced trainer, loved speaking, was confident and had had to speak at meetings most of my managerial and professional life. 2 significant things happened at that training. Firstly, I learned that confidence, competence and enthusiasm were great but not enough Learning how […]

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Written English is different to Spoken English

I’ve been reminded this week that written English is different from Spoken English. Why am I stating the bleeding obvious? Because when we write scripts or go to the laptop or notebook first when preparing our presentations, we run a very real risk that we’ll write our talk. And we write differently to how we […]

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How do you get your listeners to ‘dive ‘ into your presentation?

I’m about to go swimming in the lake. It’s eight o’clock in the morning. It is September.  The lake is about 14 degrees (not entirely sure about that but I’m guessing). So, there’s a bit of acclimatising to go on. I’ve been learning that for me, walking in slowly but purposefully and then after checking […]

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Start with being clear

What a difference clarity makes. Working alongside an aspiring TEDx speaker recently who had lots and lots of ideas about their topic but was struggling to create a coherent whole. It’s so tempting in these instances to just keep adding in more detail. Instead, they worked on getting clearer about their message. It wasn’t easy […]

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When are actions more important than words?

I’ve been reminded this morning about the quote which says We judge ourselves by our intentions but judge others by their behaviour. Agree? I refer to this frequently in my workshops on feedback and when I’m working with managers around how to build strong working relationships. But it’s also so so relevant when we think […]

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