“How long should my presentation be?” As a presenter it’s useful to know how much time you’ve got, upfront. You could think of time as your presentation budget. You may have to ask about it. You may be told it. Or you may have to decide for yourself. Whatever the case, getting clear on your
It’s ok to for your volunteers to talk about their ‘charity work’. In fact, you might want to actively encourage them to do so. It can positively affect their contributions to meetings and make chairing them easier. When I was a Membership Director, one of the associate members once said to me “I want to
“What would make it easier for you to contribute in meetings?” If you were to ask your members this question, what might you expect to hear? Perhaps: “I want to quickly make sense of the meeting and what I can contribute.” “I want the space to share my view in the meeting.” “I want to
During a meeting, there are some moments that can be seen as awkward and therefore difficult to handle. Chairing a meeting can be a bit like keeping a set of plates spinning. One minute they’ll all be fine, spinning away. And then, out of nowhere, there will be a contribution that creates a wobble. Let’s
What makes a great conversation? The answer can be different for everyone and it changes for different types of conversation. However, there are certain elements that feature regularly in satisfying conversations, you could call them the essential ingredients. In this special double episode for Aberystwyth Students Union’s WellBeing podcast series, I speak with Nate Pidcock.
Our working days are filled with video meetings at the moment. Zoom, Teams etc have made many working lives manageable during the pandemic. But……do you ever get the sense that even though you’re meeting people regularly over video, and they’re meeting you, you might actually be seeing less of them? And being seen less yourself?
Creative businesses are built on the crackle of in-person exchanges. The spark as one idea collides with another. The flow of conversation that leads to the discovery of the new. What has the move to remote working and reliance on video meant for communication? What challenges are creative business leaders encountering and what are they
I read an interesting piece this week by James Gordon-Mackintosh in PR Week sharing his experience of being ghosted by prospective clients. If you’re not familiar with the term it refers to a situation following a pitch (in this case it was an agency pitching for a project but it could apply to any situation
How you can be more, without doing much more? How do you position yourself to be recognised for the contribution that you make to the overall organisation? Here is my list of recommended reading on the subject with links to the books. These can support your journey to achieving greater personal and professional impact. Start
Great ideas sell themselves, so the saying goes. You simply enter the pitch with your idea, gently nudge it in the back and it will start talking. But what happens when it refuses to speak? Agencies that rely on this tactic when presenting their work run a real risk that some of their best ideas