Tips ‘n’ Tools

How to breathe for voice and calm

18 February 2022 / All Posts, Presentations

Here's how breathe to calm your nerves and power your voice before you present.

Pitching: turning ‘NO’ into ‘YES!’

14 February 2022 / All Posts, Body Language, Effective Communication, Presentations

Here's how one person turned THREE rejections to the SAME client into a yes, after discovering unspoken skills behind pitching.

The Four Styles of Communication – which one are you?

13 September 2021 / All Posts, Body Language, Effective Communication, Influencing and Persuasion, Presentations

I was standing in her villa being screamed at, "You're meant to be making me feel good!" That was a slightly ...

11 reasons to pause when speaking

26 April 2021 / All Posts, Email Communication, Influencing and Persuasion, Job Interviews, Presentations

Pause is one of the most underused but most powerful tools in conversations, negotiations and presenting. Here are 11 reasons for using them more.

How to kill a story

29 March 2021 / All Posts, Effective Communication, Influencing and Persuasion, Presentations

I witnessed a murder.  Thankfully, no-one was killed. It was the evening of the first day of my two-day Presentation workshop ...

How to control presentation nerves – with the technique that snipers use

11 March 2021 / All Posts, Presentations

When I was about 16, I recall my cousin declaring, with great concern, that she had nothing to worry about.  ...

The one word you need to be using MUCH MORE on remote calls

29 November 2020 / All Posts, Effective Communication, Influencing and Persuasion, Productive Meetings

Online meetings aren't made for maximum engagement and usually they're missing a trick. This 'trick' is the simplest of ways to ...

How great speakers end presentations

7 October 2020 / All Posts, Presentations

Ending a presentation can feel awkward. Once if grinds to a halt, you're left weakly asking, "Any questions?" or an ...

3 ways to use anticipation to keep your audience alert (and wanting what you’ve got)

14 June 2020 / All Posts, Influencing and Persuasion, Presentations

The danger of an audience drifting off mentally when they're in front of you is as imminent online as when ...

How to slow down your speech when presenting (so it becomes second nature)

26 January 2020 / All Posts, Effective Communication, Influencing and Persuasion, Presentations

You're nervous. You take to the stage, clicker in hand. All eyes are on you as the room falls silent in ...