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

How to use style when writing speeches for executives

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Executives generally don’t have the time to write their own speeches and if you are a communications professional then at some point you may be asked to write one. It’s not just about sparing your executive the effort however. As Continue reading How to use style when writing speeches for executives

Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and the best communications advice for lovers must be to speak from the heart. When we speak from the heart it’s as if we’re saying what we really mean or feel – a Continue reading Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

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There’s always a danger during the festive period of drinking too much and being just a bit over-familiar with workmates or managers. Alcohol is like a truth serum which can lead to us sharing personal insights with colleagues which we wouldn’t normally think Continue reading Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

Solving Prince Harry’s public speaking fears

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As Prince Harry revealed today that he gets “incredibly nervous and anxious” before public speaking, here are some timely tips to help royals and common folk alike deal with their speaking anxieties. Part of the solution is about adopting the Continue reading Solving Prince Harry’s public speaking fears

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

Using NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in corporate communication

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NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) has more in common with corporate communication than you might think, whether you’re using NLP techniques on a micro/personal or macro/organisational level. Please feel free to check out this short article I recently had published by Inspire 360, the Continue reading Using NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in corporate communication

How to design and use slidedocs

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You want to convey complex information to an audience before or after a presentation. But you don’t want to send a full-length document or a PowerPoint presentation. So what do you do? Step forward Nancy Duarte and her slidedocs. Filling the gap Continue reading How to design and use slidedocs

Bad speaking habits of senior leaders

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Communications professionals are often responsible for coaching and advising senior leaders on speech and presentation issues. That entails studying their performance and later providing recommendations aimed to help them improve. I have compiled a list of 10 bad habits that Continue reading Bad speaking habits of senior leaders

How to be a Conversational Leader – an expert view

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You may recall being in a group setting and one person naturally seemed to lead the conversation. But what is it that the speaker did in order to attain this leadership? Joseph A Devito PhD refers to this as Conversational Continue reading How to be a Conversational Leader – an expert view