Wouldn’t you like to have the Voice of Leadership?

What makes you a ‘must have’ in your business sector? How effectively are you putting that across? Send for your free e-book: The Voice of Leadership The American Management Association states that no matter how compelling the vision or how brilliant the strategy, without leadership communication there is no execution. Your great ideas, your grand […]

Open up your creativity

What is Creativity? It is the ability to solve a problem, see something that others do not see, represent a commonplace thing or notion in a new or novel way. It is the ability to spot an ‘angle’ – some unexpected or beneficial attribute that has the potential to produce a desirable outcome. It does […]

Let me tell you a story …

Make a point, tell a story; tell a story, make a point. That’s an easy enough mantra to follow in speeches and presentations, but what kind of story should you tell? The three factors that work in story telling are: 1. They illustrate the point and are easy to understand and remember 2. We are all conditioned, […]

Consider the way you sound

Listening to Classic FM as I work, I have become increasingly conscious of the effect of a change of sound.  The music itself creates a mood that could be jolly, contemplative or simply relaxed.  But there are interruptions.  Three in particular. The first occurs when the tuning on the radio dial slips.  This creates a […]

Two nations, common language?

Americans have an interesting way with the English language, and their use of understatement is sometimes misunderstood. On LinkedIn, someone asked a group if anyone had experience of training virtually. One person replied: yes, I have both coached people virtually as well as conducted webinars. Is there something in particular I can share with you? […]

Making good contact with your audience

It was the Final of the annual Anglo-Irish public speaking contest. A long-standing Toastmaster with a good record in these contests took to the stage, and the largely Irish audience pulsed expectantly. It was a brilliant text, full of clever linguistic jokes, puns and even verbal pictures. But one minute into the speech, the audience’s […]

The 5th Level of Competence

I was talking to a Sales consultant recently, and he was asking me about my special skills. It’s a conversation I have had before, when I was exploring the skills of a friend or colleague. Now the boot was on the other foot. At some point I said, “I don’t know what I know.” I […]