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Podcast: Dr Joanna Martin

She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and sought-after educator who has taught over 65,000 people on three continents.

Posted on Jul 09
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Podcast: Sophie Bennett

Sophie is an Entrepreneur, Author, Business Coach and Professional Speaker. She currently runs several businesses, is a coach to several ambitious business owners and has a growing marketing agency.

Posted on May 08
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The 6 Ways You Communicate Your Executive Presence – or Don’t!

According to a year-long study by the Centre for Talent Innovation, leadership potential is signalled through your gravitas, your communication skills and your appearance . . .

Posted on Feb 19
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Podcast: Jill Pay

With a background in business management, advertising, the private medical sector, the Employment Department Jill has also worked in the House of Commons for 18 years.

She was appointed as the first female Sergeant at Arms in 2008, which she describes as a formal job with a very formal uniform. Her responsibilities as Sergeant were security, access and ceremonial.

When she retired from the role in 2012 this was said about her contribution “Jill has played a powerful role in mentoring and encouraging other women in the House service to achieve their potential. The number of women now occupying senior posts in the House Service is some measure of the example she has set.”

Posted on Jan 22
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3 Steps to a Stressless Christmas

If you would like a quick and easy way to destress at Christmas then here are 3 things you can do that will make a huge difference.

Posted on Dec 17
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Would You Have a Go at This or Let It Be?

Imagine for a moment that I give you a box.bright box with lid

It measures 30cm x 20cm x 5cm.

It is brightly coloured and has a lid which at the moment is closed.

Posted on Nov 21
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Do You Know of Anyone Who Uses “Presentation Collagen”?

Linguistic fillers usually have little, if any, meaning- they’re like “Presentation Collagen” and they can wreck your credibility. Find out which ones you use and what you can do to avoid them.

Posted on Aug 08

Thinking of Presentation Training? How to Make Sure You Get a Great Return on Your Investment.

In this blog post, Cath tells you the key things to look for when deciding on a presentation training course…

Posted on May 23
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The Cardinal Sin of Presenting

There are many ways that people mess up when presenting and most of the time they are not even aware of it but one of my pet hates is what I think of as the cardinal sin of presenting.

Posted on May 15
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How to Switch on Confidence

Presenting is all about what we do with our bodies and by changing the way you hold your body, you can change the level of confidence you feel.
You can try this by….

Posted on May 01
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Presenting – Like Making Simnel Cake?

What has Easter simnel cake got to do with giving a great presentation?
Surprisingly there are a number of similiarities and here Cath outlines what they are so you can give a successful presentation every time….

Posted on Apr 17
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Top 10 Tips for Better Business Communication

Do you ever feel like your message isn’t being received by your audience? Well here are 10 tips to be more flexible and better at communicating.

Posted on Feb 13
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21 Words and Phrases That Should Be Banned from Presentations

Do you use these banned words and phrases in your presentation? In this post, Cath suggests ways to eliminate these when you’re presenting.

Posted on Jan 30
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12 Reasons Why You Need to Get Better at Presenting

If you are in business you are repeatedly presenting yourselves and your business – whether that’s to a new contact, a prospect, your boss, a client, a procurement team . . . whatever the situation the impact you make is down to how effectively you communicate and . . .

Posted on Dec 12
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Are You Messing Up Your Message Like This?

In this latest post Cath describes how a recent study carried out at Maryville University shows how the identical message can be received so differently ….

Posted on Nov 28
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How MasterChef Can Help Your Business Presentation

In this post Cath shows how lessons from MasterChef can help you produce an exceptional presentation every time.

Posted on Nov 06
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Have you got a small presentation “stone” in your shoe?

Are you losing credibility because your presenting is like having a stone in your shoe…..

Posted on Oct 09
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Why Go Ski-jumping in Summer?

As we were waiting for the funicular car to arrive, enjoying the fabulous view I was wondering why they were watering the track when suddenly I looked up and saw someone hurtling towards me out of the sky…….

Posted on Aug 22
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Great Results from Using the Free Winning Presentations Mini- Course

I love it when people get great results when they take action to download the free mini-course and then use it!
Here’s the latest example…..

Posted on Jul 26
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The 2 Words You Must Avoid at All Costs If You Want to Be Taken Seriously

In this post Cath describes the two words that seriously undermine your credibility – that you’re probably not even aware of using!

Posted on Jul 25
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The Essential Part of a Presentation Most People Neglect or Even Forget

Cath outlines the 5 elements that are neglected or even forgotten in many presentations that make a big difference to how it is received.

Posted on Jul 17
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10 Reasons You Need to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Here are 10 reasons you need to improve your presentation and communication skills if you want to be more successful in your business….

Posted on Jul 10
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Do you have a Presentation Habit Like Maria Sharapova?

If you do the same thing as Maria Sharapova it could be losing you business . . .

Posted on Jun 24
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The 6 Shortcuts to Persuasive Presenting

In this short post Cath outlines the 6 shortcuts you can take to be immediately more persuasive.

Posted on Jun 12
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The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 3

In this series of blog posts Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation .
Part 3: Authority

Posted on Apr 25
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The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 1

In this series of blog posts Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation.
Part 1 : Reciprocity

Posted on Apr 10
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The 6 Principles of a Persuasive and Influential Presentation

Would you like to be more persuasive and influential when you speak?
Imagine what it would be like if you know that you can persuade and influence people to take the action you want them to take.
In this post Cath outlines the 6 principles you need to take into account if you want your presentation to persuade.

Posted on Mar 20
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The 6 Ps of Outstanding Presenting (that you avoid at your peril)

You may have heard the saying “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and outstanding presenters really take this to heart.

And in the same way . . . .

Posted on Mar 06
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Are you a Likeable Presenter? Which of these 10 key characteristics apply to you?

Great speakers and presenters are liked by their audiences and being likeable doesn’t only help with presenting but will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life.

What makes great speakers so likeable and so successful? And how can we do it?

Posted on Feb 28
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11 Ways to Stay Fully Focused When Presenting

Here are 11 suggestions for helping you to stay fully focused and present for your audience. Each one is simple and easy . . . .

Posted on Jan 30
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The Power of 3

Listen to how his pitch and tone get stronger and stronger as he runs through his marathon ‘let freedom reign’. . . .

Posted on Jan 23
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Abraham Lincoln, the Oscars and Your Presentation

When you ask people what Abraham Lincoln is famous for it’s usually two things – being assassinated and The Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address is considered to be . . .

Posted on Jan 17
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How to Keep Your Audience Glued to Your Presentation

Audiences have short attention spans and in this post Cath outlines 3 ways you can get your audience hanging on your every word

Posted on Dec 12
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How to Use WII FM to Connect with Your Presentation Audience

In this post Presentation Specialist Cath shares with you how to avoid your audience ever thinking ” so what?” in your presentations!

Posted on Dec 05
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Is Your Presentation You?

The extremes of the presentations spectrum- which are you?

Posted on Nov 29
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THE Worst Way EVER to Start Your Presentation…..

Cath outlines THE worst way ever that people begin their presentations that switches off the audience and how you can very easily avoid it.

Posted on Nov 21
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12 Reasons Your Presentation Sucks!

Did you know that most business presentations fail? If this has happened to you then it’s usually for very good reasons – your presentation sucks!
..and here are 12 reasons why.

Posted on Oct 17
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How You’re Standing Could Be Losing You Business

Did you know that how you stand can lose you clients? In this post Cath shows you how you can instantly appear more confident and have more authority by just changing the way you stand.

Posted on Oct 09
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How Ignoring Your Presentation Body Language Can Lead to a Big Disaster…….

Two things have come together this week….. I had a question sent to me on LinkedIn and I saw a TV ad for the upcoming US Presidential debates between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney. How are the two connected? The question was “I’m not really convinced that body language, gestures, facial expressions and appearance are [...]

Posted on Sep 28
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The Disastrous and Catastrophic Effect of Being Spontaneous in a Presentation.

Here is a great example of how it can go disastrously and catastrophically wrong when you decide to be spontaneous in your presentation……

Posted on Sep 20
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Are you a Claimer or a Blamer?

I’ve recently been watching some of the re-runs of the comedy show “Little Britain”, and you may or may not be a fan of it but I’m sure . . .

Posted on Sep 06
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Are You Ready To Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway?

I know that change has been a constant factor in business in the last ten years because if what you’re doing isn’t working then you must do something you haven’t done before if you want to get different results . . . .

Posted on Aug 15
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Olympics – Love them or Loathe Them?

So let me be controversial here.

“To be successful you need to put in the effort.” . . . .

Posted on Aug 08
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Bond, The Queen and Mr. Bean

The three best moments form the Olympic Opening Ceremony London 2012 and your presentation……

Posted on Aug 02
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Why You Need to be the Pilot in Your Business Presentation

Presentation audiences are very much like aircraft passengers…….

Posted on Jul 20
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Which Way Is Your Business Compass Pointing?

When you focus on what is really going to take you closer to your goals often the sense of overwhelm begins to disappear and effective time management becomes easier . . .

Posted on Jul 12
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Boiled Eggs and Business!

How would you like to achieve much more with much less time and effort? Sounds impossible?
Well that’s what many thousands of . . .

Posted on Jun 27
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What You Can Learn about Your Business Presentation from the i-phone and i-pad

Now for many people Macs are like Marmite- you either love them or loathe them but they have four characteristics that can teach us something about an effective presentation…

Posted on Jun 20

Video:Nina Conti – How Mixed Messages Create Confusion

When the messages are mixed it can create confusion and even hilarity…… have a look at this clip to see what I mean.

Posted on Jun 13
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Are You Making the Same Mistake as the B.B.C.?

If you are in the UK and probably beyond, you cannot have escaped hearing about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and………

Posted on Jun 07
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Presentation Self-sabotage: 13 Ways You Give Yourself Away

Facial expressions, body movement, gestures, posture, etc all display how we are feeling and the non-verbal message is harder to fake.

Posted on May 15
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What the Sea Odyssey Can Teach Us about Presenting

We all love to hear stories and effective use of stories is a key tool for creating an outstanding and memorable presentation.

So what’s your business story . . .

Posted on Apr 25
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How To De-stress with The Green Cross Code

In the next week whenever you begin to feel stressed out apply The Green Cross Code:

STOP : what you are doing for 1 minute . . . . .

Posted on Apr 11
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How Do You Cope with a Client Like Lauren?

It was always a challenge to persuade the Laurens of this world as to the benefits of studying physics! But what has this got to do with your business? . . .

Posted on Mar 28
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Your Business Presentation : Are you on A Spin Cycle or Delicates?

Feelings ranging from nervousness to sheer terror are common for many people and it has been said that the fear of public speaking comes higher than the fear of death for a large proportion of the population but . . . .

Posted on Mar 21
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How Even Global Figures Get It Wrong

They all have hugely inspirational stories that are an example to us all but unfortunately most of the speakers couldn’t tell them in a way that engages and inspires an audience.

Posted on Mar 15
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How Would You Choose – Spaghetti Bolognese or Pizza Quattro Stagioni?

. . . why when it comes to your business or your relationships is it often so difficult?

Posted on Mar 07
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Your Business Presentation- Do You Ever Self Sabotage Like This?

. . . your words say one thing but your gestures, body language, tonality, breathing etc. all convey something different to your audience.

Posted on Mar 01
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What Your Business Presentation has in common with a Sherlock Holmes story…..

How the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time” links to your business presentation………

Posted on Feb 22

Video: What Facebook and Google don’t tell you……. (You may find this shocking – I did).

Most businesses have a website these days and huge amounts of money are spent on SEO but . . . .

Posted on Jan 25
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Why “Pitching” in Business Doesn’t Work

In various business magazines, on websites and in the press you will often see references to “pitching” for business. You’ll see articles and book with titles like “ How to Give a Winning Pitch”, “Pitching to Win “ and “ How to Write the Winning Pitch”. I even wrote a blog a while ago called [...]

Posted on Jan 18
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How to be Confident in an Instant

As you all know my areas of expertise are Learning and Communication and I do a lot of business networking. I was approached to do a workshop for students about “ Communication and Networking in Business “ – not a particularly sexy title! I designed the workshop around the importance and purpose of networking and [...]

Posted on Jan 12

Video: The Effect of When and Where on Your Presentation Success

How do social perceptions apply to your business presentations?

Posted on Dec 14
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Derren Brown, The Mentalist and Your Business Success

Derren Brown, love him or loathe him, has been engaging everyone lately with his latest series of progarmmes “The Experiments”. I personally love watching him because he is so good at what he does using his own combination of illusion, magic, hypnosis, NLP, psychology and other stuff to entertain and confound. And he has a [...]

Posted on Nov 20
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Have you got your Business Handbrake on?

In London recently I was in a hurry and took a black cab from my hotel to the station. I was desperate not to miss my train and the driver was brilliant, exhibiting the famous ”knowledge”  to get me there in record time. Now let me ask you a question – would you ever get [...]

Posted on Nov 10
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What Links Toblerone, the Nobel Prize and Your Business Presentation?

What links a new snack, an international prize for physics and your business presentation?

Posted on Oct 26
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Video: Presenting and Winning – The Magic of A Young Entrepreneur’s Story

How a Young Entrepreneur’s story became the Winner of Young British Talent Showcase……

Posted on Oct 15
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How Did David Cameron’s Delivery Help Or Hinder His Message?

The words do matter in a speech but the way they are delivered matters more in terms of how the speech is received and perceived.So how did David Cameron do?

Posted on Oct 07
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A Presentation Analysis of Ed Milliband’s Speech – and How it Can Help with Your Business Presentation

” It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it – that’s what gets results”.
What we can learn from how Ed Milliband’s delivered his speech to the Labour Party Conference.

Posted on Sep 30
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How Your Business Presentation is Like an Electrical Circuit

How you can use what you know from high school physics to give a winning business presentation…..

Posted on Sep 16

Video: Is Your Business Message As Powerful As This?

How a simple yet profound idea can be truly exciting and inspirational…….

Posted on Sep 09

Video: When Business Presenting Are You Distracted or Distracting?

Are you distracted or distracting when presenting in your business? and what are the consequences?

Posted on Aug 27
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Why Being Confident When Presenting Is Not Enough

Chances are that whatever your business at some stage you will be have to do some sort of business presentation and this happened to the wife of a friend of mine recently …..

Posted on Aug 23
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One of The Biggest Mistakes in Business Presentations and Pitches

Have you ever done the same as this hotel owner I met in Scotland?……

Posted on Aug 10
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Three Pointers from The Apprentice Final…..

This was their opportunity to convey their business idea in such a way as to convince and persuade Lord Sugar to become their business partner and ……

Posted on Jul 18
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What Has Harry Potter Got To Do With Your Business?

Unfortunately The Dementors are at work in every business and every organisation….

Posted on Jul 14
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Business Presentations:The Ten Most Irritating Mannerisms?

Are these the ten most irritating mannerisms of business speakers and business presentations?

Posted on Jun 19

Is Your Presentation Saying What You Think It Is?

Is your presentation saying what you think it is ? or is it saying something different to the audience?

Posted on Jun 11

The Link Between Your Business Presentation and The Iron Man

How your business presentation can be different, like The Iron Men in Crosby…………

Posted on Jun 07
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How to Get To Know Your Business Presentation Audience

The 10 questions that will help you to really tailor your presentation to your listeners

Posted on Jun 02
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The Key to Getting More of What You Want from Your Business Presentations

In the present financial climate, when all seems to be doom and gloom, it may seem inevitable to dwell on mistakes, failures and the negative aspects of life. And as long as we continue to so, then that is what we will get.  The process of what you choose to focus on,  and what you [...]

Posted on May 16
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Does Your Communication Makes Things Better or Worse?

The other day I was doing a bit of spring cleaning and you know when you start a task and then get side tracked? Well I was  sorting through the desk drawers and came across some photos we’d taken on previous holidays  and ended up going through lots of them  ….. This was taken in  [...]

Posted on Apr 17
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Are you making the same mistake in your presentations as Jamie Oliver?

Grrr!!! I’m frustrated. Jamie Oliver’s newest venture on TV – Jamie’s Dream School is a success, but for me it’s based on a huge, incorrect supposition. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Jamie is trying to improve the education of 20 teenagers …. by calling on “Britain’s best inspirational experts” to try to [...]

Posted on Mar 31


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