I was prompted to think about this recently whilst running and seeing the first signs of Spring in an amazing display of blooms in my local park. They seemed to leap up out of the ground almost spontaneously. One day they weren’t there. The next day, they were. But of course, that’s not how it
The truth is, it’s actually the other way around. If you prepare, practise and then perform, your personal confidence takes care of itself, as if by magic; except of course it’s not magic at all. So how do you cultivate confidence? How might you block yourself from accessing it and what can you do to
What happens to your performance when you make some time for preparation and practise? I spoke with Bell Integrated senior client partner Ling Jin, account director Sarah Topley and head of design Jason Bannister, as well as Su Duff (ex-Bell) about the changes they’ve noticed in their performance as a result of changes to their
According to Up to the Light’s annual survey ‘What Clients Think 2016’: “The top three reasons for winning a pitch are good chemistry, bringing creative to life and confidence in delivery. “62% of clients believe that agency new business presentations feel generic. The presentation is a golden opportunity for design agencies to differentiate themselves and
According to Up to the Light’s annual survey ‘What Clients Think 2016’: “The top three reasons for winning a pitch are good chemistry, bringing creative to life and confidence in delivery. “62% of clients believe that agency new business presentations feel generic. These two pieces of feedback could be warning signs for the design industry.
I’m going to share my thoughts on the three that attracted the most attention in the Q&A session that followed (1, 2 and 3). If you’d like to discuss any of the others, do get in touch. How to sell without appearing ‘salesy’. What is ‘salesy’ behaviour? If you know what salesy sounds, looks and
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds – Carmine Gallo. What makes a great TED talk? And how do you deliver one? This is a definitive guide to the speaking techniques and practices of the speakers that light up the stage at TED. You are the Message: Getting what
My first language is English so I have tried to capture a small number of very specific things to consider, when speaking to an audience of English second language speakers. I’m not going to recap all of the useful advice available about public speaking that applies equally whether you’re speaking on home soil or internationally.