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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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How to give the best presentation – ever

I attended an event where I heard one of the best presentations I’ve heard for a long time. It wasn’t a professional speaker. It wasn’t very long. And it wasn’t especially professional. But it did three things: It engaged me from the get-go and I never once lost attention The speaker reached out to me […]

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Do the words we use REALLY matter? – speaking, responsibility and obligation

Does it really matter what we say? Isn’t it all a game of style and substance and the interplay between the two? Surely actions speak much more loudly than words? These are questions I think about especially when I am working with clients who are working out what their ‘message’ is. Especially when I hear […]

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Are you a ‘Point and Shoot’ kinda person or a Deliberate Designer…lessons from photography, part 2

Back in April I wrote a blog about the lessons for speaking I had learned from starting to develop my photographic skills. You can read it here. Just recently, as I continue to learn more about wielding the camera and capturing that perfect shot I have been thinking about how this relates to presentations and […]

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Presentations in disguise – are you wearing camouflage?

It is tempting isn’t it…if we have the Big Presentation coming up, the one that matters, the one where it is critical that all goes well – to include all that we know. After all, we want to be credible. We need people to know that we know. But the more information we include the […]

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Stories don’t just tell themselves you know – how to craft your business story

Mum rang the other day. Muriel had called and embarked on telling her a story of some happenstance at the supermarket.  Half an hour later, Muriel had still been on the phone, telling the story from ‘Thread ‘t Needle, as Mum put it! And that is all too common isn’t’ it? We ask people, ‘what […]

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So, who are you again? From networker introduction to webpage, three ways to be consistent.

Ever met someone at a networker event, took their card and later checked them out on the website? Ever asked yourself if the people you met in flesh and blood were actually the same business? Or have you ever looked at someone’s website, were impressed with their style and ‘feel’ only to find out they […]

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