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Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Get better at public speaking by doing this one thing

Say less! Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his son this advice about public speaking.  “Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated”  It is much easier to give a long talk, as being brief means spending more time preparing and editing out the bits of your talk that are non essential. According to Joe McCormack, author of Brief: […]

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills are the new super skills

Soft skills. You’ve heard the term, but what exactly does it mean? And, why does it matter in business? Well, not to put too fine a point on it, soft skills are no longer simply nice-to-haves. They’re pretty much the defining factor for success in the workplace. Teamwork makes the dream work Having sound soft […]

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

8 Practical Tips to Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

As a leader you are most comfortable presenting in the boardroom and with your team in a face to face setting.  With the new way of working and the rapid shift to the online world, leaders are having to adapt to communicating in virtual meetings.  I have spoken to many leaders who are unfamiliar with […]

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft Skills Are Key to Your Success as a Leader

Soft skills are critical to your success as a leader, and so, the term ‘soft’ belies their true value. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important to organisations, and yet, leaders with strong soft skills are in short supply. In this article, I take a closer look at why soft skills are such an important part […]

Presentation Skills Body Language – Presence and Public Speaking

Presentation Skills Body Language – Presence and Public Speaking

Presentation skills body language – Have you ever been to a function and noticed all heads in the room turn to look at one person? Have you been in the audience when a speaker mesmerised those in the room? People who exude confidence and charisma have a presence and the ability to ‘own the room’. […]

Presentation Skills Top Tips – Body Language and Where to Stand

Presentation Skills Top Tips – Body Language and Where to Stand

What is Proxemics? Presentation skills top tips – why should we pay attention to proxemics? The study of personal space is called proxemics. Notice how when a couple has had a fresh argument, they keep their distance from one another. By distance, I mean not just emotional distance but also physical distance. On the flip […]