The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

The A, B, C of Persuading Your Audience

Chances are, if you’re about to do some public speaking, your talk will be one of many that the audience listens to that day. So, you need your presentation to resonate with your audience so that they get what you’re saying and that you have an effect on them long after you’ve delivered your talk. […]

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Climbing Everest in Stilettoes

Why endings are important and how to create a killer ending to your presentation It had been a riveting read. A young woman had taken control of her own destiny and sought revenge to gain her rightful inheritance. And the 741 page book had been quite a saga. We saw a skilful strategist at work, […]

Making Learning Come Alive

Making Learning Come Alive

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in audience, learning, presentations, TED talk | No Comments

He looked like he’d stepped from a book and three times a week I got to enter his magical world. Born to Hungarian parents in France and now living in Scotland, he was in his late 50s then, and spoke in a thick whisper. His room was right at the end of a quiet corridor […]

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

What’s coaching got to do with a cream tea? Quite a lot actually. A scone with just the right amount of crumble. Clotted cream that delivers heaven. Jam that is jamish in all the right ways. Served on elegant china and savored with a great pot of tea. What’s coaching got to do with that? […]

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in coaching, learning, structure | No Comments

Today is Groundhog Day. Yes, it’s a real thing and not just a classic film with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where Bill Murray has the day on repeat. If you’ve not seen it, spoiler alert, it’s an inspirational film with a message about how we can choose to do things differently and in doing […]

Inauguration

Inauguration

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in leadership, public speaking | No Comments

The U.S. presidential inauguration is a big ceremony in a big country following a big decision. How has it changed over the years? Keeping it Snappy The shortest inaugural address is held by George Washington in 1789. He kept it brief. Very brief, with a mere 135 words. By 1841, the US president, William Henry […]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in change management, learning, structure | No Comments

How to feel better, look better and get better when life throws you a curve ball and you need to learn fast. I was alone in my hotel room and stood at the window looking at the narrow streets, colorful shop fronts and ebony haired locals. I tried to quieten my racing thoughts. What on […]

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

Public Speaking: Why you should get emotional

How you can kick start your creativity and sound more human when you speak in public. If there’s one thing that makes humans different from animals it’s the ability to share emotions and thoughts. You do it easily over a glass of wine with a friend, on the phone to your partner or on a […]

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in design, learning, structure, training | No Comments

Over the last few days you’ve probably sat and watched others opening Christmas gifts. Watching people unwrap presents tells you a lot about them. How they unwrap, unwraps their L&D style. The Chaos Monster Picture the scene. A group of civilized looking people sitting in a living room. They’re perched on their seats. A well-meaning […]

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Santa, the Communication Consultant

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in presentations, public speaking, writing | No Comments

Iceland has 13 Santas. They live in the mountain with their half woman, half troll mother, Grýla, her third husband, Leppalúði, and the black Christmas cat. And each night from the 11th December one Santa at a time comes down from the mountain to the town and makes mischief. One steals yoghurt (Skýrgamur), one slams […]