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Want to win hearts and minds?

I recently ran a mastery programme. Four half-day workshops and coaching sessions, with eight people in the group. All the participants were highly skilled professionals who dealt with figures and analysis for a living. They worked by and for the balance sheet. But the result of living in this world was that they were all heavy on the rational side of explaining: they were the Informer archetype.

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In praise of physicality – but why great presenting doesn’t stop there

Whenever I run a presenting course, I will get one or two people who are tied up in knots about their bodies and their physicality on stage.

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How understanding obstacles can lead to creating great content

If you want to capture your audience’s attention – and their hearts and minds – then relevant, engaging content is going to be a top priority. If you understand your audience, you’re that much closer to creating content that really resonates with them.

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Is 2023 the year for showing up?

We’ve been forced to show up a lot already this year. Many of us have had homes or workplaces affected in the flooding and, if we didn’t, then chances were high that we knew neighbours or family members who were impacted.

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Key ingredients for a good open and close

What’s the most important section of any presentation? I’ll give you a hint – you’re reading it right now. The opening lines of a presentation are crucial. It’s when your audience starts to form their assumptions about you and your message – and these first impressions can be hard to shift later down the line. Nail your first three minutes with a new audience, and you have a much better chance of keeping them engaged throughout the rest of your presentation.

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