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How to boost your confidence

How to boost your confidence

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary confidence is “the quality of being certain of your abilities” and “having trust in people.” And when someone approaches me about being more confident it’s because...

Do others call you aggressive, unassertive or assertive?

Do others call you aggressive, unassertive or assertive?

And what do they mean? What behaviours do they see to make them say that and what’s the difference? I’d describe being assertive as the ability to state your case or point...

Uncomfortable with the way you communicate? It doesn’t have to be that way.

Uncomfortable with the way you communicate? It doesn’t have to be that way.

When I was little, I couldn’t pronounce my ‘R’’s so I would get “Weally, weally cwoss”. My father told me I would be OK so long as I didn’t marry a “Wobert”....

Do you over complicate your presentations?

Do you over complicate your presentations?

If a friend asked you what you do, would you pull out your laptop and insist on running through a 20-minute overview including when the business was established? Of course, you wouldn’t!...

Becoming the boss of your mates.

Becoming the boss of your mates.

One of the hardest things to do in business (in my opinion) is to be promoted internally. One day you are the same as all your mates and the next you are...

How to breathe your way out of the fear of speaking out

How to breathe your way out of the fear of speaking out

You can call it stage fright, performance anxiety or fear of presenting. Whatever the label, if you suffer from it, your physical reaction will be much the same … your heart starts...

How to make the most of your 121’s

How to make the most of your 121’s

Pre-Covid, when I went networking, I aimed to meet at least 3 new connections and if I could, I’d also reacquaint myself with 2 people I’d not seen for a while. The...

Never forget what you want to say … how to remember your presentation without notes

Never forget what you want to say … how to remember your presentation without notes

This month I was asked how I remember a presentation without notes and the answer is practice, the Loci method and chunking … not in that order! It’s a technique I’m still...

Are your Umm’s and Err’s reducing your impact?

Are your Umm’s and Err’s reducing your impact?

What’s the difference between a Pause and an Umm or Err? They both provide a gap in the conversation, allowing you to think about what you are going to say or assimilate...

What can you do if you’re too frightened to speak up when asked?

What can you do if you’re too frightened to speak up when asked?

Have you been asked to speak at a networking event, on a podcast or meeting and come up with hundreds of reasons to say NO? Talking about what you do is a...

Communicating in the hybrid world

Communicating in the hybrid world

There is a consensus that work will never really be the same as it was pre-pandemic. A majority enjoy working from home at least some of the time and aren’t willing to...

How to be heard through a mask.

How to be heard through a mask.

I don’t normally find it hard to hear but I am finding it harder to hear people when they are wearing masks. There are two issues really. One, that the masks muffle...

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