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3 avoidable but very common mistakes that speakers make which reduce their impact

In the last of a series of 5 extracts from an interview I did with Errol Williamson, I talk about the 3 most common mistakes professionals make when delivering speeches and presentations. EW: You’ve heard many business speakers deliver speeches and presentations, some have been great and some have been not so great, but what …

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How to construct a speech which inspires a team to improve its performance

Motivating your team, particularly when the going is tough, is hard work. In this extract from an interview with Errol Williamson in Spring 2015, I talk about how to get your team onside and motivate them to higher levels of performance. EW:     In your book ‘How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life’, Part …

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12 things I learnt whilst helping a team of lawyers come 2nd in a £1 million competitive pitch – part 2

One of the first pieces of client work I did as a newly independent coach and trainer was supporting a pitch team of a top 100 law firm go out and come 2nd in a multi-million tender. That experience taught me a lot, and the second part of this 2-part blog post there are the remaining 6 tips to help …

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4 tips to help overcome yourself and ditch your fear of public speaking

I received an email from a soon-to-be US KPMG director. They candidly told me that their biggest weakness, and one which would stop them taking their next step up to director, was their fear of public speaking. With so many firms requiring their potential senior managers, directors and partners to present to a panel, overcoming …

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11 speaking tips from the pros for when it really matters

  Recently, I had the ‘pleasure’ and honour at presenting at CIPD HRD2013. This is a massive event, and any speaker at this event had earned their stripes. I.e. it is reserved for the creme de la creme of the HR profession. Well, and little old me. There is nothing as daunting as presenting to …

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Business Development Clinic: How to eliminate presentation nerves

One of the best ways of building your profile is to speak at events. These could be internal events or external events. In fact, clients will often require you to present at a pitch for a large piece of work. Which means it is absolutely in your interest to become an effective and confident presenter. …

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10 tips to ace your presentation to your partnership selection panel

Part of your firm’s partnership admission process in your journey to make partner will probably involve a presentation of your business case and personal case for partnership to a selection of partners. These partners are typically some of the most influential in the partnership. Nerve-wracking stuff! This blog post will give you ten tips to …

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How to ACE your presentation regardless of who is in the audience

I thought my presentation was going OK, then 1 person killed it at the end. How you can learn from my experience Do some people put you off? Have you ever had to give a presentation and been afraid, or thought that it wasn’t quite hitting the mark? I have found out that it isn’t …

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How to deliver an after dinner speech which gets you invited back again

Many people fall into the trap of thinking that an after dinner speech is just the same as giving any old presentation. Wrong. An after dinner speech – similar to a best man’s speech – has its own set of rules. Know and work to these rules, and you will be asked back, get these rules wrong, don’t expect to generate any opportunities from your evenings exertions.

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