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Three reasons why you should refuse to speak in public …and one reason you should

There are three reasons you should say no: If you don’t know what you are talking about If you don’t know what you are talking about you’ve got three options – find someone who does, go find out more or decline to offer to speak. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? And yet, this is a point […]

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On soup, social funding and speaking up…

Just before Christmas I saw an article (you can read it here) that piqued my interest and got me thinking. It was about a way of bringing together different parts of the community using the lure of a bowl of soup, and raising micro funding for projects, activities and social enterprises. Always a lover of […]

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Presenting and training to a group are the same aren’t they? Things to know if you are asked to train when you are not a trainer.

I come across many different people in the line of my work and many of the business owners I meet are often asked to deliver training and one to one coaching to their clients. This is especially the case if they work in a service industry i.e. social media provision, website design and maintenance, IT, […]

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Why do we meekly accept poor presentations? We get what we reward & until we vote with our feet and our feedback we will continue to get boring & incompetent presentations

I attended a conference summit last week and as is the way of these things was treated to a range of different presentations from the dull and predictable to the inspiring and informational. From the ‘scripted and read’ to the flowing and enthusiastic. There were lively and competent panels ably compered…there were Death by PowerPoint […]

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What a conference presentation line up has to do with on-line dating.

On a recent night out with a group of girl friends we got round to talking about on line dating.  One of the ladies who is single was regaling us with her tales  of dates she had experienced. These ranged from dates not turning up, dates who proposed on first date, dates who spent all […]

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Six things to remember if your presentation goes pear shape!(including when your skirt splits!)

  Delivering a powerful presentation that is clear and compelling and results in action is the aim of the game.  And sometimes it doesn’t quite go to plan.  Here are some of the things that have happened to me in the past:   I have got completely the wrong end of the stick – the […]

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Oh please won’t you shut up? Or how to make a business presentation more effective and less irritating !

Have you ever just wished that the speaker would shut up or get a move on so that the meeting can progress or you can get to your next task? Sometimes it would seem that business presentations simply suck up time, energy and the will to live without necessarily giving back anything in return.  How […]

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