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Imposter syndrome: are you faking it?

June 13, 2021

Imposter syndrome: a lurking doubt in your achievements and abilities. What if you’re actually not competent and no one’s noticed yet? Surely the truth will eventually come out. You’ll be humiliated, but ultimately relieved that you can stop this insane charade and take up an enticing new pastime, like rocking gently in a corner. Here’s the thing: you’re probably fine, and you deserve to feel fine about it. Let’s work through this.

Read more

More tips from the vaults

May 9, 2021

When you’ve been around the block a few times you get to know the neighbourhood. We’ve been around the presenting block for long enough to know about the tricky bits of footpath and that vicious cat at number 43. In the interests of, well, interesting things, we’re going to share a few of the little tips we’ve learned over the years.

Read more

Are you a nervous presenter?

March 15, 2021

Are you, like Mr Brooke, a nervous sailor when it comes to business presenting? It might depend on how you regard an open sea. The sea can be calm and smooth under an untroubled blue sky. Foils in the water, spinnaker doing whatever spinnakers do, filled with opportunity and adventure and the odd superyacht. Like Rod Stewart, we are fricking sailing, yo.

Read more

5 Tips for Better Virtual Communication

February 15, 2021

Okay Zoomers, it’s déjà vu all over again. But virtual communication is part of life now, and hopefully the basics are familiar enough to really start finessing your skills.

Read more

Welcome to 2021

January 13, 2021

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, hi! It’s us! Your friendly neighbourhood Pickering Group wishing you a very happy New Year.  We hope it’s everything you want it to be, but there’s a ton of pressure on 2021 to deliver us everything we missed out on last year. 2021. You got this.

Read more

Seven stories leaders should tell

December 7, 2020

Now settle in, Best Beloved, it’s time for a story. But what kind of story?  When we talk about business stories, we’re really talking about illustrating our core message with a tale that puts it in context.  We’re making points and making connections, and we’re using stories to make them memorable, clear and emotionally effective.

Read more

KISS: Keep It Simple, Squad

November 9, 2020

Let’s be clear: no really, let’s. Clarity in both written and spoken communications is key to getting the results you want. And yet persistently we see superfluous and extraneous verbiage that is impedimental to both comprehension and ratiocination. Or rather, words are confusing and it sucks.

Read more

It's a conspiracy!

October 3, 2020

This election cycle we’ve seen conspiracy theories come to new prominence. The upswell in conspiracy thinking is having a tangible influence over political discourse, and it's tiring. Even the lizard people are over it.

Read more

Should you use memes in presentations? Take the test.

September 14, 2020

What is a meme? We’re glad you asked. It’s a unit of social currency, a piece of concentrated information that spreads around a group. It’s an in-joke, like what we all know about Ian since the conference last year.

Read more

Working with the Uncertainty

August 17, 2020

Sometimes it feels like the only thing we can control is the remote, and we’re all out of Netflix. Life seems paused, but at the same time world events are rushing forward at a terrifying pace. The best way to cope with chaos is to identify what we can actually effectively do, then do the things.

Read more

Evader to Inspirer - Part II

July 25, 2020

27/07/20. We’ve been breaking down our Evasion to Inspiration model for you. If you’re just joining us, our model identifies ten archetypes of organisational communicator (presenter or public speaker), grading them on a continuum from in the shadows (not reaching their potential in terms of communicating clear and effective messages) to in the spotlight (achieving persuasive, authentic and impactful communication).

Read more

The Bold And The Beautiful: Modelling Courage

June 29, 2020

29/06/20. There’s a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain: “There are two types of speakers: those who get nervous, and those who are liars.” The Venn diagram of people who speak in public and people who are nervous about their public speaking is a circle. But what if we had another Venn diagram for you – one that showed how to draw on your courage when it comes to public speaking? Because – wait for it - we do have one.

Read more

Our virtual communication skills webinars

May 19, 2020

Check out our three free webinars: virtual presenting tips, virtual meetings tips, and leadership post-lockdown. At The Pickering Group, we’ve always been champions of spoken business communication that leads with clarity, confidence and compassion. We’ve all seen the importance of these qualities over the past few months: effective communication has been crucial for both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Read more

Ok Zoomers...the fatigue is real

April 30, 2020

1/5/20. You’ve finished a long work week of video meetings and you’re looking forward to some hard-earned video work drinks. You’re gearing up for a weekend of video calls with family and you’ll fit a video quiz night in there. Maybe you even make a little on the side with other on-camera activities. That’s fine, no judgment, you do you. But if you’re like everyone else (at least, everyone in the third of all humanity currently on lockdown) you’ll be experiencing a brand-new phenomenon known as Zoom Fatigue.

Read more

Tips For Giving Great Remote Presentations

March 31, 2020

31/03/20. One of the most disconcerting things about working in a virtual environment is having so many things out of our control. Tech can let us down, someone might forget to dial in, our pyjama pants might fall down at a crucial moment. Just kidding, all the snacking means those pants are going nowhere. But how can we feel more in control?

Read more

Plandemic: Tips to handle your COVID-19 response

March 16, 2020

16/03/20. It’s a famous old curse: May you live in interesting times. Well, here we are. You’re likely to have some difficult conversations with your team at some point, whether it’s about the current pandemic or future interesting times. We’ve put together a guide to help you prep for those conversations.

Read more

Is Public Speaking Anxiety A Form Of Selfishness?

February 12, 2020

21/02/20. Take a look at this video. It comes not from the world of presentation training, but from Westeros. Actor Jonathan Pryce (The High Sparrow in Game of Thrones) somewhat bluntly describes stage fright as selfishness. Ouch. That’s so cold it actually feels like winter is coming. Jonathan suggests your focus should be on the audience and what they’re getting out of the encounter, not yourself and how you’re performing, and we think he’s onto something.

Read more

Gif of the woman leaving the meeting - with the text How you leave when the office meeting could have been an email

Dreading Your Work Meetings? Read on...

January 29, 2020

28/01/20. Chances are your day will include a meeting. Our condolences. If it’s like most meetings it will drag you away from something else you were in the middle of. It’ll be held up by that one colleague who just has to make a coffee first, keeping everyone in awkward silence while the milk froths. The PowerPoint will develop an interesting issue that the IT guy has never seen before, leaving the projection screen ruthlessly frozen on your holiday selfie wallpaper. Nice togs btw.

Read more

Bad Xmas Jokes

January 29, 2020

16/12/19. Sleigh-bells ring, are you listening? It’s Santa, or at least someone cosplaying as Santa charging for selfies in a mall. The silly season is upon us! Formerly sane colleagues suddenly want to chat about Elf on the Shelf. There was talk of a company float in the Christmas parade, but no one owns a ute. There’s an increasingly angsty office-wide debate about the eco-friendliness of tinsel. Are you getting anything done at work these days, apart from bravely not commenting on the receptionist’s antler headband?

Read more

Supersize Your Business Storytelling Skills

January 29, 2020

19/11/19 Q: What did the Arts student say to the Engineering student? A: Would you like fries with that? And there it is, a joke loaded with all the linguistic originality you’d expect from someone who scorns the arts.

Read more

The Philosophy of Persuasion

October 1, 2019

Excellence is not an act, but a habit. If that sounds like the kind of glib phrase you’d read on the back of a 90s self-help book – firstly, you’re right, but secondly, it’s much older than that.

Read more

How to Practice for Business Presentations & Public Speaking

August 5, 2019

You’ll hear it often: the key to successful business presenting is preparation. A huge part of that preparation is effectively practicing your presentation. The important word there is ‘effectively’…

Read more

Why Business Storytelling Is Crucial

August 5, 2019

In what has become the most watched TED talk of all time, Ken Robinson tells the story of a Gillian, a little girl who couldn’t sit still at school.

Read more

Handling questions like a pro when presenting

May 26, 2021

One of the questions we’re asked most often is how to handle, well, questions. And we have answers! A Q&A can seem nervewracking, but generally if you know your subject it can be the most engaging and convincing part of your presentation. Imagine it’s quiz night, but all the questions are on your specialist topic. You win the bar tab, your table is cheering, there’s karaoke later, life is beautiful. This could be you at work too. How? Glad you asked.

Read more

Glossophobia, Alektorophobia and more...

April 19, 2021

You’ve heard it a million times: the number one human phobia is Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. It seems like nonsense, doesn’t it? That speaking in public could be more terrifying to more people than, say, death, or being stuck in a lift with Kanye West. But consider the consequences.

Read more

Is Persuasion a Dirty Word?

March 1, 2021

A few weeks back I had an interesting discussion with a long-standing client. She was getting some push back from a member of her team around her idea of wanting to put them through our Secrets of Influence and Persuasion programme. His concern was the perceived ‘ick factor’ of persuasive speaking skills. He was worried they would turn from careful, considered experts into Donald Trump!

Read more

More fun devices to play with

February 1, 2021

Last year we shared with you some of our favourite rhetorical devices and their infectious-sounding names. Have you managed a pleonasm yet? That’s okay, it’s perfectly natural, it’ll happen when you’re ready. Rhetorical devices are just communication tools, and we use them every day without realising it, so let’s get on a first name basis with a few more fun ones.

Read more

Our annual Xmas Jokestravaganza

December 21, 2020

Last year we started our tradition of providing you with cracker jokes that you can read aloud to your loved ones around the dinner table until they politely ask you to stop. They’re puns! They’re vaguely business related! They’re better than the paper hats!

Read more

Have you heard of Vulnerable Narcissism?

November 23, 2020

Is there someone in your workplace who always has to draw attention to themselves? Or do you have a client whose demand for your focus go way beyond what’s necessary to service their needs? Does Dave really need to spend all that company time making TikToks? You might be dealing with a narcissist.

Read more

Are your PowerPoint's poisoning us?

October 26, 2020

It seemed like the best idea ever: liven up business presentations with a slide show. Pictures! Graphs! A weird 80s Dr Who-style spiral dissolve vortex! Surely visual aids would turn boring meetings into a mashup of Mad Men and a game of laser tag.

Read more

A guide to using humour in your presentations

September 20, 2020

We often stress that your one job in any business presentation is to deliver your message - clearly, concisely, in a way that’s relevant to your audience – communicate your message. You shouldn’t feel any pressure to entertain, especially if worrying about your delivery is going to distract you from the job at hand. But - and it’s a big but – humour can be a way to deliver that message more effectively.

Read more

On spontaneous pleonasms and other devices

August 31, 2020

Riddle time! What sounds like a disease, but makes people want to get closer to you? Literally any rhetorical device. Many can make your written and spoken language more engaging, some we should be wary of, and some we should avoid.

Read more

Ready to see the light? Evader to Inspirer - Pt III

August 3, 2020

Over the last two weeks we’ve been breaking down our Spotlight model, our tool for identifying your current public speaking skills status.

Read more

What is your public speaking type? Evader to Inspirer - Part I

July 20, 2020

20/07/20. How many personality quizzes did you do over lockdown? Whether you prefer to tell people you’re a Virgo Dragon or an ENTJ, it can be fascinating, even enlightening, to find a fitting category. Did you know your public speaking style falls into one of ten categories too?

Read more

Comparison: The Thief of Joy

June 3, 2020

03.06.20 It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparison when it comes to our public speaking.  We see a compelling speaker and wonder if we can ever rise to those standards.

Read more

May Webinar: The End of the Beginning

May 6, 2020

Expert Panel Webinar: 4:30pm – 5.30pm, Wednesday 13th May 2020 Facilitated by Russell Pickering with Special Guests Suzi McAlpine and Dr Harold Hillman

Read more

Tips for your next Virtual Meeting

April 28, 2020

22.04.20. By now you’ll have many virtual meetings under your belts, as well as far too many biscuits. Us too. If you missed it, here you'll find a link to our last Webinar on Virtual Meetings. We've also distilled the key points for you here.

Read more

Free Webinar: Remote Presenting Tips.

March 19, 2020

Wednesday 25th March - 11am. Please join me, Russell Pickering, for a free 45-minute webinar on the fundamentals of presenting remotely. Open this blog post to register.

Read more

U2 can embrace a growth mindset

March 7, 2020

07/03/20. How do you feel about your talents? Are they limited to what you were born with? It may surprise you to know that Bono couldn’t sing when he started fronting U2. Maybe that didn’t surprise you because you still think Bono can’t sing, but let’s leave that debate to a reddit thread somewhere.

Read more

Gif of Sean Connery as James Bond lighting a cigarette - with the text Bond. James Bond.

Why repetition is your friend when presenting

February 7, 2020

11/02/20. We live in a world that celebrates novelty, a world in which repetition is seen as a bit of a faux pas. But repetition is useful in so many ways. As a rhetorical device it can be an effective way to make our public speaking memorable. It’s also a key component of useful rehearsal, and it’s the basis of deliberately creating new positive habits.

Read more

How To Avoid Procrastination

January 29, 2020

14/01/20. Happy New Year to you! How are you doing with your resolutions? If your goal for 2020 was to procrastinate less, you’ve probably already put it off. New Year, new you… eventually, right? It’s honestly not your fault. Let’s tackle it together. Yes, now.

Read more

Can Stand-up Make Your PowerPoint Better?

January 29, 2020

4/12/19. Greetings, fellow human. We are communicating with you via a televisual interface, whereby our words are transmitted directly into your brain without the necessity of speech. And you prefer it that way.

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What's your Presentation Preparation Personality?

January 29, 2020

31/10/19. Why am I great ‘til I gotta be great? Or whatever Lizzo said. You know the feeling: you were sure you could wing it right up until the moment you couldn’t. Maybe you prepared a good deck but blew the delivery. Or you think decks are for drinking on which is how you came up with the idea to pad out the last quarter financials with twerking and jazz flute. Blame it on the juice.

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How to Manage Nerves and Increase Your Confidence Around Public Speaking

August 5, 2019

At The Pickering Group we hear it more than anything else: how can I be more confident? But what exactly do people mean by confidence?

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How to Improve Your Business Presentation Skills

August 5, 2019

Maybe you’ve asked yourself, what exactly is a Business Presenter? Then, as your phone sends you a cheerful alert about tomorrow’s report meeting, you realise. Oh no. It’s me, isn’t it?

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How To Use Spoken Storytelling In Your Business Encounters

August 5, 2019

Stephen King calls it telepathy: the power of a story to take an image from an author’s head and effortlessly place it in the heads of others. Storytelling is a powerful tool…

Read more

Imposter syndrome: are you faking it?

June 13, 2021

Imposter syndrome: a lurking doubt in your achievements and abilities. What if you’re actually not competent and no one’s noticed yet? Surely the truth will eventually come out. You’ll be humiliated, but ultimately relieved that you can stop this insane charade and take up an enticing new pastime, like rocking gently in a corner. Here’s the thing: you’re probably fine, and you deserve to feel fine about it. Let’s work through this.

Read more

More tips from the vaults

May 9, 2021

When you’ve been around the block a few times you get to know the neighbourhood. We’ve been around the presenting block for long enough to know about the tricky bits of footpath and that vicious cat at number 43. In the interests of, well, interesting things, we’re going to share a few of the little tips we’ve learned over the years.

Read more

Are you a nervous presenter?

March 15, 2021

Are you, like Mr Brooke, a nervous sailor when it comes to business presenting? It might depend on how you regard an open sea. The sea can be calm and smooth under an untroubled blue sky. Foils in the water, spinnaker doing whatever spinnakers do, filled with opportunity and adventure and the odd superyacht. Like Rod Stewart, we are fricking sailing, yo.

Read more

5 Tips for Better Virtual Communication

February 15, 2021

Okay Zoomers, it’s déjà vu all over again. But virtual communication is part of life now, and hopefully the basics are familiar enough to really start finessing your skills.

Read more

Welcome to 2021

January 13, 2021

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, hi! It’s us! Your friendly neighbourhood Pickering Group wishing you a very happy New Year.  We hope it’s everything you want it to be, but there’s a ton of pressure on 2021 to deliver us everything we missed out on last year. 2021. You got this.

Read more

Seven stories leaders should tell

December 7, 2020

Now settle in, Best Beloved, it’s time for a story. But what kind of story?  When we talk about business stories, we’re really talking about illustrating our core message with a tale that puts it in context.  We’re making points and making connections, and we’re using stories to make them memorable, clear and emotionally effective.

Read more

KISS: Keep It Simple, Squad

November 9, 2020

Let’s be clear: no really, let’s. Clarity in both written and spoken communications is key to getting the results you want. And yet persistently we see superfluous and extraneous verbiage that is impedimental to both comprehension and ratiocination. Or rather, words are confusing and it sucks.

Read more

It's a conspiracy!

October 3, 2020

This election cycle we’ve seen conspiracy theories come to new prominence. The upswell in conspiracy thinking is having a tangible influence over political discourse, and it's tiring. Even the lizard people are over it.

Read more

Should you use memes in presentations? Take the test.

September 14, 2020

What is a meme? We’re glad you asked. It’s a unit of social currency, a piece of concentrated information that spreads around a group. It’s an in-joke, like what we all know about Ian since the conference last year.

Read more

Working with the Uncertainty

August 17, 2020

Sometimes it feels like the only thing we can control is the remote, and we’re all out of Netflix. Life seems paused, but at the same time world events are rushing forward at a terrifying pace. The best way to cope with chaos is to identify what we can actually effectively do, then do the things.

Read more

Evader to Inspirer - Part II

July 25, 2020

27/07/20. We’ve been breaking down our Evasion to Inspiration model for you. If you’re just joining us, our model identifies ten archetypes of organisational communicator (presenter or public speaker), grading them on a continuum from in the shadows (not reaching their potential in terms of communicating clear and effective messages) to in the spotlight (achieving persuasive, authentic and impactful communication).

Read more

The Bold And The Beautiful: Modelling Courage

June 29, 2020

29/06/20. There’s a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain: “There are two types of speakers: those who get nervous, and those who are liars.” The Venn diagram of people who speak in public and people who are nervous about their public speaking is a circle. But what if we had another Venn diagram for you – one that showed how to draw on your courage when it comes to public speaking? Because – wait for it - we do have one.

Read more

Our virtual communication skills webinars

May 19, 2020

Check out our three free webinars: virtual presenting tips, virtual meetings tips, and leadership post-lockdown. At The Pickering Group, we’ve always been champions of spoken business communication that leads with clarity, confidence and compassion. We’ve all seen the importance of these qualities over the past few months: effective communication has been crucial for both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Read more

Ok Zoomers...the fatigue is real

April 30, 2020

1/5/20. You’ve finished a long work week of video meetings and you’re looking forward to some hard-earned video work drinks. You’re gearing up for a weekend of video calls with family and you’ll fit a video quiz night in there. Maybe you even make a little on the side with other on-camera activities. That’s fine, no judgment, you do you. But if you’re like everyone else (at least, everyone in the third of all humanity currently on lockdown) you’ll be experiencing a brand-new phenomenon known as Zoom Fatigue.

Read more

Tips For Giving Great Remote Presentations

March 31, 2020

31/03/20. One of the most disconcerting things about working in a virtual environment is having so many things out of our control. Tech can let us down, someone might forget to dial in, our pyjama pants might fall down at a crucial moment. Just kidding, all the snacking means those pants are going nowhere. But how can we feel more in control?

Read more

Plandemic: Tips to handle your COVID-19 response

March 16, 2020

16/03/20. It’s a famous old curse: May you live in interesting times. Well, here we are. You’re likely to have some difficult conversations with your team at some point, whether it’s about the current pandemic or future interesting times. We’ve put together a guide to help you prep for those conversations.

Read more

Is Public Speaking Anxiety A Form Of Selfishness?

February 12, 2020

21/02/20. Take a look at this video. It comes not from the world of presentation training, but from Westeros. Actor Jonathan Pryce (The High Sparrow in Game of Thrones) somewhat bluntly describes stage fright as selfishness. Ouch. That’s so cold it actually feels like winter is coming. Jonathan suggests your focus should be on the audience and what they’re getting out of the encounter, not yourself and how you’re performing, and we think he’s onto something.

Read more

Gif of the woman leaving the meeting - with the text How you leave when the office meeting could have been an email

Dreading Your Work Meetings? Read on...

January 29, 2020

28/01/20. Chances are your day will include a meeting. Our condolences. If it’s like most meetings it will drag you away from something else you were in the middle of. It’ll be held up by that one colleague who just has to make a coffee first, keeping everyone in awkward silence while the milk froths. The PowerPoint will develop an interesting issue that the IT guy has never seen before, leaving the projection screen ruthlessly frozen on your holiday selfie wallpaper. Nice togs btw.

Read more

Bad Xmas Jokes

January 29, 2020

16/12/19. Sleigh-bells ring, are you listening? It’s Santa, or at least someone cosplaying as Santa charging for selfies in a mall. The silly season is upon us! Formerly sane colleagues suddenly want to chat about Elf on the Shelf. There was talk of a company float in the Christmas parade, but no one owns a ute. There’s an increasingly angsty office-wide debate about the eco-friendliness of tinsel. Are you getting anything done at work these days, apart from bravely not commenting on the receptionist’s antler headband?

Read more

Supersize Your Business Storytelling Skills

January 29, 2020

19/11/19 Q: What did the Arts student say to the Engineering student? A: Would you like fries with that? And there it is, a joke loaded with all the linguistic originality you’d expect from someone who scorns the arts.

Read more

The Philosophy of Persuasion

October 1, 2019

Excellence is not an act, but a habit. If that sounds like the kind of glib phrase you’d read on the back of a 90s self-help book – firstly, you’re right, but secondly, it’s much older than that.

Read more

How to Practice for Business Presentations & Public Speaking

August 5, 2019

You’ll hear it often: the key to successful business presenting is preparation. A huge part of that preparation is effectively practicing your presentation. The important word there is ‘effectively’…

Read more

Why Business Storytelling Is Crucial

August 5, 2019

In what has become the most watched TED talk of all time, Ken Robinson tells the story of a Gillian, a little girl who couldn’t sit still at school.

Read more

Handling questions like a pro when presenting

May 26, 2021

One of the questions we’re asked most often is how to handle, well, questions. And we have answers! A Q&A can seem nervewracking, but generally if you know your subject it can be the most engaging and convincing part of your presentation. Imagine it’s quiz night, but all the questions are on your specialist topic. You win the bar tab, your table is cheering, there’s karaoke later, life is beautiful. This could be you at work too. How? Glad you asked.

Read more

Glossophobia, Alektorophobia and more...

April 19, 2021

You’ve heard it a million times: the number one human phobia is Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. It seems like nonsense, doesn’t it? That speaking in public could be more terrifying to more people than, say, death, or being stuck in a lift with Kanye West. But consider the consequences.

Read more

Is Persuasion a Dirty Word?

March 1, 2021

A few weeks back I had an interesting discussion with a long-standing client. She was getting some push back from a member of her team around her idea of wanting to put them through our Secrets of Influence and Persuasion programme. His concern was the perceived ‘ick factor’ of persuasive speaking skills. He was worried they would turn from careful, considered experts into Donald Trump!

Read more

More fun devices to play with

February 1, 2021

Last year we shared with you some of our favourite rhetorical devices and their infectious-sounding names. Have you managed a pleonasm yet? That’s okay, it’s perfectly natural, it’ll happen when you’re ready. Rhetorical devices are just communication tools, and we use them every day without realising it, so let’s get on a first name basis with a few more fun ones.

Read more

Our annual Xmas Jokestravaganza

December 21, 2020

Last year we started our tradition of providing you with cracker jokes that you can read aloud to your loved ones around the dinner table until they politely ask you to stop. They’re puns! They’re vaguely business related! They’re better than the paper hats!

Read more

Have you heard of Vulnerable Narcissism?

November 23, 2020

Is there someone in your workplace who always has to draw attention to themselves? Or do you have a client whose demand for your focus go way beyond what’s necessary to service their needs? Does Dave really need to spend all that company time making TikToks? You might be dealing with a narcissist.

Read more

Are your PowerPoint's poisoning us?

October 26, 2020

It seemed like the best idea ever: liven up business presentations with a slide show. Pictures! Graphs! A weird 80s Dr Who-style spiral dissolve vortex! Surely visual aids would turn boring meetings into a mashup of Mad Men and a game of laser tag.

Read more

A guide to using humour in your presentations

September 20, 2020

We often stress that your one job in any business presentation is to deliver your message - clearly, concisely, in a way that’s relevant to your audience – communicate your message. You shouldn’t feel any pressure to entertain, especially if worrying about your delivery is going to distract you from the job at hand. But - and it’s a big but – humour can be a way to deliver that message more effectively.

Read more

On spontaneous pleonasms and other devices

August 31, 2020

Riddle time! What sounds like a disease, but makes people want to get closer to you? Literally any rhetorical device. Many can make your written and spoken language more engaging, some we should be wary of, and some we should avoid.

Read more

Ready to see the light? Evader to Inspirer - Pt III

August 3, 2020

Over the last two weeks we’ve been breaking down our Spotlight model, our tool for identifying your current public speaking skills status.

Read more

What is your public speaking type? Evader to Inspirer - Part I

July 20, 2020

20/07/20. How many personality quizzes did you do over lockdown? Whether you prefer to tell people you’re a Virgo Dragon or an ENTJ, it can be fascinating, even enlightening, to find a fitting category. Did you know your public speaking style falls into one of ten categories too?

Read more

Comparison: The Thief of Joy

June 3, 2020

03.06.20 It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparison when it comes to our public speaking.  We see a compelling speaker and wonder if we can ever rise to those standards.

Read more

May Webinar: The End of the Beginning

May 6, 2020

Expert Panel Webinar: 4:30pm – 5.30pm, Wednesday 13th May 2020 Facilitated by Russell Pickering with Special Guests Suzi McAlpine and Dr Harold Hillman

Read more

Tips for your next Virtual Meeting

April 28, 2020

22.04.20. By now you’ll have many virtual meetings under your belts, as well as far too many biscuits. Us too. If you missed it, here you'll find a link to our last Webinar on Virtual Meetings. We've also distilled the key points for you here.

Read more

Free Webinar: Remote Presenting Tips.

March 19, 2020

Wednesday 25th March - 11am. Please join me, Russell Pickering, for a free 45-minute webinar on the fundamentals of presenting remotely. Open this blog post to register.

Read more

U2 can embrace a growth mindset

March 7, 2020

07/03/20. How do you feel about your talents? Are they limited to what you were born with? It may surprise you to know that Bono couldn’t sing when he started fronting U2. Maybe that didn’t surprise you because you still think Bono can’t sing, but let’s leave that debate to a reddit thread somewhere.

Read more

Gif of Sean Connery as James Bond lighting a cigarette - with the text Bond. James Bond.

Why repetition is your friend when presenting

February 7, 2020

11/02/20. We live in a world that celebrates novelty, a world in which repetition is seen as a bit of a faux pas. But repetition is useful in so many ways. As a rhetorical device it can be an effective way to make our public speaking memorable. It’s also a key component of useful rehearsal, and it’s the basis of deliberately creating new positive habits.

Read more

How To Avoid Procrastination

January 29, 2020

14/01/20. Happy New Year to you! How are you doing with your resolutions? If your goal for 2020 was to procrastinate less, you’ve probably already put it off. New Year, new you… eventually, right? It’s honestly not your fault. Let’s tackle it together. Yes, now.

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Can Stand-up Make Your PowerPoint Better?

January 29, 2020

4/12/19. Greetings, fellow human. We are communicating with you via a televisual interface, whereby our words are transmitted directly into your brain without the necessity of speech. And you prefer it that way.

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What's your Presentation Preparation Personality?

January 29, 2020

31/10/19. Why am I great ‘til I gotta be great? Or whatever Lizzo said. You know the feeling: you were sure you could wing it right up until the moment you couldn’t. Maybe you prepared a good deck but blew the delivery. Or you think decks are for drinking on which is how you came up with the idea to pad out the last quarter financials with twerking and jazz flute. Blame it on the juice.

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How to Manage Nerves and Increase Your Confidence Around Public Speaking

August 5, 2019

At The Pickering Group we hear it more than anything else: how can I be more confident? But what exactly do people mean by confidence?

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How to Improve Your Business Presentation Skills

August 5, 2019

Maybe you’ve asked yourself, what exactly is a Business Presenter? Then, as your phone sends you a cheerful alert about tomorrow’s report meeting, you realise. Oh no. It’s me, isn’t it?

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How To Use Spoken Storytelling In Your Business Encounters

August 5, 2019

Stephen King calls it telepathy: the power of a story to take an image from an author’s head and effortlessly place it in the heads of others. Storytelling is a powerful tool…

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