Reasons to be Cheerful – When Speaking in Public

When I am out and about networking, I’m often asked why my Coachees choose to seek help with their presentations and public speaking skills. By this I don’t mean the more obvious practical and psychological ‘push’ objectives such as: Positive push: Recognising it is one of the most effective business tools they can access Knowing it is a totally transportable tool – wherever they choose to rise to in their organisation or career Awareness that people respect and admire those who can…

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The Art of Conversation (When Speaking in Public)

I’ve been doing lots of work with my coaching clients recently around the subject of writing for speaking rather than writing for reading.  Although both may convey the same message, each method of communication needs a different approach. Many of my clients begin speaking in public with a certain reluctance – and are often fearful of ‘missing something out’ so when they come to me, they have this huge desire to write everything down – and I mean everything!  Now this is…

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A Room with a View: How to get the best from your training environment

I have been offered some very odd spaces over the years that have been quite sincerely described as ‘training rooms’. These include a glass-sided think tank with theatre-style tiered seating, a windowless store cupboard complete with spare cleaning materials “Well you have only got four delegates haven’t you? … and a viewing box at a football club. Needless to say, at this last venue, when a team of strapping young footballers jogged out on the pitch to practice, any interest in my Assertiveness workshop…

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