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9 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Employees

Gosh is it that time of year again already? Jolly heck we’d better get on and sort out the Christmas gifts for our staff! Drawing a blank in the seasonal inspiration department? Panic not – here are my 9 top gift ideas. You’re welcome Chocolate Oh come on, what’s not to like about your managerContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: The Use of Stories

OK, a quick recap. In this mini-series of blogs about effective presentation techniques we’ve looked at: what the research says, skilful delivery, knowing your audience, having a clear and effective structure and having a defined objective Now onto to the fifth characteristic of effective business presentations; the use of stories. Let’s start with a definitionContinue Reading

How to Delegate: What Do I Tell The Boss?

I had a great question sent to me recently by someone who had bought my kindle book ‘Learn in Just 10 Minutes How to Delegate. A Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Delegation’ (you can see the book details HERE). She asked… A really good question on delegation ‘Hi. In your book on delegation one of theContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: A Defined Objective

The fourth characteristic found in my research on effective presentation techniques is having a defined objective, goal or aim for the presentation. It’s all about being crystal clear about what is you want to achieve; being able to answer the question ‘what’s the end point of this presentation?’ The principle of objective setting links backContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: A Clear and Effective Structure

So far in this short series of blogs about effective presentation techniques we’ve looked at; what the research says, skilful delivery and knowledge of the audience. The third characteristic my research has identified is a clear and effective structure. Why? Structure is seen as critical for a number of reasons: Presentation Techniques: The Map FirstlyContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: Know Your Audience

My research into effective presentation techniques demonstrates that, along with skilful delivery, an essential characteristic of a great presentation is knowing your audience. No great surprise there then, for these reasons: Presentation Technique 1: Adding Value In a business environment where to waste someone’s time is seen as a flogging offense, a business presentation hasContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: Skilful Delivery

Along with ‘knowledge of the audience’ a presenter skilled at using delivery techniques is recognised as one of the two most important characteristics based on my research of effective business presentations (you can read about the research here) The simple principle (and anyone who’s attended a presentation they loved, and one they truly didn’t, willContinue Reading

Effective Presentation Techniques: What Does The Research Say?

As part of my MA dissertation I have been researching the characteristics of effective business presentations and the presentation techniques that the experts use. I’ve been seeking the answer to the questions; what makes a business presentation effective? What differentiates a business presentation that gets results from one that results in a huge snore (orContinue Reading

Management Courses: The Challenge of Cultural Differences

Here’s a question: can management courses developed in the UK (or any part of the Western World I guess) be useful in training managers who live and work and who are nationals of a country with very different cultural norms and values? Some time ago I was contacted by Laura, Country Director of an InternationalContinue Reading

A Sample Management Training Course (Using the 10MMT)

In my blog ‘Using videos in your in-house management courses‘ I talk about how to use videos as a series of short, focused management training workshops. I was recently asked by a client to provide an example of how this might work. No problem! Here’s a (very) simple design for a series of workshops usingContinue Reading