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?

How to halve the time it takes to develop content

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Communicators spend a lot of time developing new content for marketing purposes. But I for one would like nothing better than to find a few ways to save my precious resource. It would be great if you could halve the Continue reading How to halve the time it takes to develop content

Adapt your storytelling from page to stage

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There’s a natural assumption that as a communications specialist you are expert in delivering both written and verbal content. Staff within your company feel they can reasonably expect this of you. You are seen as a communications all-rounder. In the Continue reading Adapt your storytelling from page to stage

How to survive as a speaker at a PR industry conference

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Marketing and communications consultant Arik Hanson caught my attention a few days ago following his reflections upon a PR conference he spoke at in Florida, USA. Several factors make speaking at any PR or marketing industry event “pretty darn challenging,” Continue reading How to survive as a speaker at a PR industry conference

How to create the perfect ending

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I had just watched a performance of Romeo and Juliet at my local theatre. Romeo had just killed himself and Juliet had followed suit. And there they both lay in a heap on the stage. One problem. It was an Continue reading How to create the perfect ending

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

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 does your communication taste and smell?

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How does your communication taste and smell? Communication is often more powerful when you appeal to two or more of the senses. For example, we use both words and visuals to beef up speeches and presentations. But how often do Continue reading How does your communication taste and smell?