Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

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Some people like to do it in the dark and others prefer a mirror. Some like to do it in private while others prefer someone to watch. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the best way to rehearse before giving Continue reading Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

Experts speaking at industry events – is knowledge and motivation enough?

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Getting your experts to speak at industry events is a tried and tested way of helping to increase the profile and reputation of your company. As an expert it’s assumed that you know your stuff. If you are suitably motivated, Continue reading Experts speaking at industry events – is knowledge and motivation enough?

McKinsey Consultants 5-Step Plan to Behaviour Change

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‘Behaviour change’ is one of those mysterious terms that everyone talks about in communications, but no-one ever seems quite sure how to achieve it. Communications specialists are not normally solely responsible for changing people’s behaviours, except perhaps for the odd Continue reading McKinsey Consultants 5-Step Plan to Behaviour Change

8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

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There is much that communications specialists can learn from HR colleagues. That’s why this week I’m taking my communications inspiration from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD recently held a conference called Science of Human Behaviour at Continue reading 8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

Need more charisma? Here’s how

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Charisma. Who has it and how do you get it? Harley Street therapist Richard Reid knows the answer. Interviewed in The Times yesterday, he says Boris Johnson and Tony Blair have it, and it’s not a problem if you don’t have Continue reading Need more charisma? Here’s how

Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

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If you look carefully (and I mean very carefully) at this photograph taken by Derren Brown, you can spot me in the audience. I’m watching Derren deliver a show as part of his current ‘Miracle’ tour. As usual, it was Continue reading Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

8 ways to improve conversations at communications networking events

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I’m a big fan of communications networking events. There are so many to choose from now, especially in London, and they are often either free to attend, or there’s a small fee, typically around £20 to £25. They are popular too. Continue reading 8 ways to improve conversations at communications networking events

How to be an authority on any subject

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A few years back I was in a team meeting when a new communications colleague introduced himself. He said he’d worked for a US president on a big campaign and that he’d answered directly to the Queen of England as Continue reading How to be an authority on any subject

Use Sherlock Holmes techniques to give good communications advice

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Giving good communications advice requires the investigative skills of Sherlock Holmes and the practical wisdom of Dr Watson. When the famous detective takes on a case he listens carefully to his potential client and invariably reads around the subject in Continue reading Use Sherlock Holmes techniques to give good communications advice

Could colour psychology improve your communication?

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What colour are the Niagara Falls?… This is a trick question because the Falls are illuminated in different colours depending on which charity has been successful in getting their special request approved. Yesterday they were green and today they’re red. Continue reading Could colour psychology improve your communication?