Virtual communication: making it interactive

Virtual communication: making it interactive

Creating Connection, Learning Sprints, Presentation Skills, Virtual Meetings
Virtual communication - Part 4: making it interactive In our COVID 19 world, virtual communications have never been more important than right now. This could be informally with friends and family or, increasingly, in our business context. What is certain, when we return to ‘normal’, it will not be the ‘normal’ that we were used to. The seismic shock that we are experiencing will shape the future. It will never be the same again. On that sobering thought, we all need to learn to use the virtual context in a way that helps, not hinders our communication.   In this series of articles, I look at some of the ‘quick wins’ - simple things that you can do to significantly improve the way you come across when communicating through the…
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Engaging Executives – no big deal, right?

Engaging Executives – no big deal, right?

Flexing Style, Presentation Skills, Teams
One of my fascinations with learning in the business context over the past 26 years, is that, whilst it might not sound ‘exciting’, the skill of being able to ‘present’ to others, is still right up there at the top of the list of things that can make or break you, as you rise through the ranks on your journey to stardom in business (whatever version of that appeals to you). Let’s be honest; this is the quickest way to make a name for yourself to the maximum number of people, in the shortest amount of time. Let’s look at the context here… This could be a simple ‘sit down’ one-on-one meeting with a peer or your bossIt could be ‘your time to shine’ at the board meeting in front…
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Feel the fear of presenting…and do it anyway!

Feel the fear of presenting…and do it anyway!

Business Storytelling, Inspiring People, Presentation Skills
Feel the fear of presenting…and do it anyway! Top 10 Tips for success. Within the field of ‘Presentation Skills’ (for want of a better descriptor), I have noticed at times, the deep discomfort that some people have in this area.   I am not talking about those who are ‘new to presenting’. I am also talking about some people - senior and experienced leaders, whose job it is to engage their businesses and motivate their teams. Their ‘deep fear’ of presenting dramatically affects their approach to this necessity – some avoiding it at all costs, some experiencing massive stress in the build up to an ‘event’, and others simply doing a lack-lustre job. The impact on them, their teams and their organisation is huge…and in some cases presents career-limiting barriers as they are considered unable to communicate…
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…but I can’t possibly present without my slides…

…but I can’t possibly present without my slides…

Business Storytelling, Presentation Skills
The pitfalls of slide reliance... Picture the scene: Just before a ‘significant’ presentation is about to start. Preparation? Check.Slides done? Check.Deep breathing exercises done? Check. Good to go…and then...then disaster strikes: The computer driving your presentation crashes...and the ‘blue screen of death’ appears. What? You forgot to bring a spare copy on a jump drive? You are stuck. But you shouldn’t be stuck, should you? Now, consider what has just happened (in fact, it may have happened to you). Consider the impact it has on you, your audience, and your reputation. Disaster? (well, perhaps not disaster, but not a great way of getting your messages across, that’s for sure!) Disaster averted This set of circumstances should not be the disaster that many would expect: In fact, quite the opposite….it should…
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Business storytelling – a story about telling stories

Business storytelling – a story about telling stories

Business Storytelling, Customer Relationships, Inspiring People, Presentation Skills, Selling, Virtual Meetings
Make an impact and stand out from the crowd to deliver your message I have been involved in helping others be the best they can be in front of groups of people for the past 25 years, and in my view, this core business skill is underrated, usually poorly executed, and probably one of the most significant ways you can make an impact on your colleagues, customers and stakeholders. It’s a question of; “what kind of impact do you want to have?” Is it lunchtime yet? Think of all the presentations that you have been in the audience for. Now, think of all the ‘virtual’ presentations that you have witnessed. Then, think of all the conference calls you have been part of. Be honest - how many of them stood…
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