Blog: Public Speaking Tips & Advice

How to Give Feedback

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To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give (although sometimes it’s given, but not truly meant) or (given for the wrong reasons or to the wrong people), it’s far more challenging and unpleasant to criticise your employees. Managers avoid…

Pitching for New Business - Part 2 | Simon Maier

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Create a structure and signpost your content. Then your audience can easily see the main points and the logic of what you’re saying and showing.  Repetition (some) and reinforcement are important. There’s an old acronym: KISS - Keep it Simple Stupid - which, while a bit out of date perhaps, still holds…

Why effective delegation is the key to managerial success

There are many supervisors, team leaders, managers and bosses in general who find delegation difficult and sometimes impossible. Or they delegate and then micro-manage the delegated project so that whoever tasked with the work is destined to fail.

One of the first and most important lessons that anyone with direct reports tends to learn…

Pitching for New Business - Part 1 | Simon Maier

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Like any aspect of public speaking, selling an idea or pitching for new business always begins with preparation. It’s something that anyone ignores at their peril. Time and energy in preparation are absolutely necessary in any pitch scenario. And there’s something else that’s key and it’s this: what…

The Art of Active Listening

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Listening is the most fundamental component of interpersonal communication skills. It isn’t something that just happens (that’s hearing). Listening is an active process in which a conscious decision is made to listen – and, most importantly, to fully understand the messages of the speaker.