May 17, 2022

To Get or Not To Get? The ICF Credential…..

I have had a lot of enquiries recently about ICF , what it is, what does credentialing mean etc is and so  I’ve put together this FAQ article to answer the most common questions.
January 13, 2021

How to Get Less of What You Don’t Want in 2021

It’s that time of year when social media is full of articles, videos and blog posts about setting your goals and how different things will be […]
January 4, 2021

What are Your Reflections and Intentions?

Over the years I’ve found that it really useful to take some time out to reflect on the previous few months and set intentions for the […]
December 29, 2020

Why Making New Year’s Resolutions is a Waste of Your Time

A brand new year is almost here and the daylight hours are getting longer again. As usual at this time of year thoughts turn to making New Year Resolutions. Have you made any yet? Because did you know that by the end of January only about 10% of people are succeeding at keeping their resolutions?
December 4, 2020

Getting Rid of Procrastination

It’s Friday afternoon and the clock is ticking. You’re working furiously to complete a task before the five o’clock deadline, while silently cursing yourself for not […]
May 10, 2019

Death by Chocolate Or…?

Are you up for a challenge? This challenge is to make a decision whilst letting go of “getting it right”......
May 10, 2019

The BEM Principle- Ignore it at Your Peril!

So why are the beginning and ending so important? What most people don’t realize is that when information is presented it is remembered in the BEM sequence. […]
May 10, 2019

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 . . .
May 10, 2019

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.
May 10, 2019

How To Get Less of What You Don’t Want in Your Business

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 […]
May 10, 2019

Are you a Likeable Presenter? Which 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?
May 10, 2019

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 . . .
July 9, 2015

Podcast: Dr Joanna Martin

She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and sought-after educator who has taught over 65,000 people on three continents.
May 8, 2015

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.
March 26, 2015

Podcast: Sarah Wood

Sarah describes herself as accidental entrepreneur and serial academic who enjoys generating ideas, working with awesome people and making things happen – fast.
February 19, 2015

Podcast:Dr. Yvonne Thompson

She started the UK's first Black Women Business Network - The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners. In addition to being awarded the CBE in 2003 for her services to women, small business and minorities, her work has been recognised internationally and acknowledged by the Mayor of Houston, Texas with her own day- Yvonne Thompson Day 4th Jan. As well as being named in Washington in the Congressional Records.
January 22, 2015

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.”
January 14, 2015

You Will Continue to Get What You Don’t Want in 2015 Unless You Make This Change….

Following from last week's post, find out why you will continue to get what you don't want in 2015 unless you make this change......
January 7, 2015

Why Making New Year’s Resolutions is a Waste of Your Time

Cath describes why 90% of resolutions fail within 30 days of setting them and what you need to do to get more of what you want for your business.
December 18, 2014

Podcast: Sue Lawton

Sue is Vice President of Business Development for GainXInc., a global technology firm that is leading the charge in enterprise innovation and she has extensive experience in enterprise development working within the UK, the USA and Central America. She has MAs Human Resource Management and Social Enterprise Management and is a Visiting Fellow at the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University. In addition to being the Global Advisor for WE Connect International, Sue is a Special advisor to the All Parliamentary Group for Women in Enterprise and a trustee of the Commonwealth Children’s League Education Fund supporting girls in emerging countries to continue their secondary education. In 2014 Sue was awarded the MBE for promoting women’s business leadership worldwide.
December 17, 2014

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.
November 27, 2014

We Sometimes Over-Complicate Things…..

We sometime over-complicate things ...... and it really is simple.
November 13, 2014

Podcast: Sue O’Brien

Sue O’Brien is the CEO of the Norman Broadbent Group and since assuming that role in 2008 she has grown the business to become one of the world’s leading executive search firms. She is a founding member of the Women’s Business Council, an independent council commissioned by the Rt.Hon Teresa May in 2012, to look at pragmatic and workable recommendations to prevent women from being excluded from making a positive contribution to the UK Economy. In January 2014 Sue was awarded the OBE for services to Gender Equality in the Workplace and voluntary services to the community.
November 5, 2014

New Dates for The STEP UP and STAND OUT Programme for Women Leaders

The STEP UP and STAND OUT Programme for Women Leaders is back We have just finalized the new dates for the next programme. Find out more.
October 30, 2014

Do You Trick or Treat in Your Business? Because It’s Probably Losing You Sales

It's halloween but do you trick or treat in your business all year round? because it's probably losing you sales....
October 16, 2014

Podcast: Dr Inna Goreli

Dr. Inna Baigozina-Goreli is a partner at the global management consultancy A.T. Kearney. With over 20 years of consulting experience serving global clients in the Chemicals, Industrial and other B2B sectors across ~20 countries , she support clients on a broad range of issues from portfolio and business unit strategy development and merger integration to commercial excellence and profitability transformation.
September 25, 2014

Podcast: Tamara Ralph

Born in Australia, Tamara grew up absorbing four generations of history and knowledge of design and became passionate about fashion after watching her grandmother and mother design and create dresses for clients in their home. At the age of 12 she started creating garments for herself and friends who were eager to pay for her innovative designs and by the age of 15, she was selling her own clothes to private clients and independent boutiques in Australia.
August 8, 2014

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.
July 3, 2014

Do you have a Presentation Habit Like Maria Sharapova?

If you do the same thing as Maria Sharapova it could be losing you business...
July 2, 2014

Podcast: Baroness Martha Lane Fox

Baroness Martha Lane Fox is an English businesswoman and philanthropist. She co-founded Lastminute.com in the dotcom boom of the early 2000s and has subsequently served on public service digital projects. She is a board member of Channel 4, mydeco.com, Marks & Spencer, and chairs the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK. Martha has received the CBE for services to the digital economy and charity.
June 19, 2014

Why It’s Time to STEP UP and STAND OUT

Cath outlines why it's time to STEP UP and STAND OUT.
June 6, 2014

A New Food Processor and Your Presentation

The brain has a limited time span for concentration, particularly if you are just listening passively to the presentation – and this limits the amount of information that can be meaningfully absorbed. So avoid bombarding your audience when you are presenting!
June 5, 2014

Podcast: Marlene Cain

Marlene Cain is an award winning speaker and Founder of Marcain Communication who has been praised by The California State Senate for her “outstanding commitment and support to local businesses.” As an Enterrainer she has educated and motivated thousands of employees in transition to explore career advancement techniques and practices on behalf of Fortune 500 clientele including Disney Imagineering, IBM, Xerox, Bank of America, UPS, NBC, Chubb Life America, General Dynamics, Johnson and Johnson.
May 29, 2014

Your Presentation “Cover”: brown paper or designer jacket?

In this post, Cath talks about how your presentation should be like a designer book cover, so that you grab people's attention so they want to know more.
May 23, 2014

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...
May 15, 2014

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.
May 1, 2014

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....
May 1, 2014

Podcast: Edwina Dunn

Edwina Dunn is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Dunn Humby, the company who originated the Tesco Clubcard and other loyalty programmes. In February 2013 she launched the not for profit “What I See” Project- an active on-line space where women’s voices can be heard and amplified, to celebrate and inspire everyday role models from all walks of life.
April 17, 2014

Struggling with Presenting On-Line? It’s just 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....
April 10, 2014

What You Can Learn about Presenting from Ladies’ Day at Aintree

What you can learn to do and what not to do in your presentations from watching Ladies Day at Aintree.
April 3, 2014

The TED Commandments of Great Presenting

In this week's post, Cath shares with you, the ten commandments from organisation TED Talks, as a reminder of what to strive for when you are presenting to have a profound impact on your audience.
April 3, 2014

Podcast: Shalini Khemka

Shalini Khemka is one of a handful of women leading the way for British entrepreneurialism and innovation. She is a serial entrepreneur and in 2011 founded the E2Exchange whose mission is to create the UK's leading organisation supporting entrepreneurs and helping them accelerate the growth of their businesses in a nurturing and dynamic environment. She is Chief Executive and Board Director of E2Exchange whose board directors include Sir Richard Branson, Aaron Simpson, Duncan Bannatyne and Lord Karan Bilimoria.
March 27, 2014

VIDEO: Why Women Make Better Business Leaders

In this week's post, take a look at this video to see a) why women make better business leaders, b) why it's a good presentation and c) what could be improved.
March 14, 2014

We’re going on-line! The “Why It’s Time to STEP UP and STAND OUT” Webinar

The "Why It's Time to STEP UP and STAND OUT" workshop is going online! For those couldn't make it along to the workshop we are running it on-line so that you can watch it from the office or at home or wherever you are! And even if you can't attend live, as long as you register we'll send you a link to the recording so can can listen whenever you want. Click on this post to register now.
March 6, 2014

Podcast: Lisa Marie Platske

Lisa Marie Platske is the author of Designing Your Destiny, and Connection: The New Currency and runs the highly successful Leadership Success Summit for corporate leaders, business owners and entrepreneurs.She left her action-packed life as a law enforcement officer to become the President of the international leadership training and development company, Upside Thinking, Inc. and is an award-winning leadership and connection expert.
March 6, 2014

Podcast: Lady Barbara Judge

Lady Barbara Judge is currently the Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund and Chairman of The Energy Institute of University College London.She is the former Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority as well as a former Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.In 2010 she was awarded the CBE for services to the Nuclear and Financial Service industries and in 2013 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Radio 4’s Women’s hour.
March 6, 2014

Podcast: Baroness Susan Greenfield

Baroness Susan Greenfield is a neuro-scientist, writer and broadcaster.Her international accolades include L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur from the French Government, The American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award and the Australian Medical Research Society Medal.She is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford and is co-founder of the biotech company Neuro-Bio. Ltd. In 2000 she was awarded the CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of science.
March 6, 2014

Podcast: Dr Pippa Malmgren

Dr. Pippa Malmgren is a former financial market advisor to the President in the White House and member of the National Economic Council. She is former Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS and Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust. Pippa is currently an advisory board member of MIT and Indiana University and is President and founder of Principalis. She is a guest presenter at CNBC and is a frequent guest on CNN, the BBC's Today Programme and Newsnight.
March 6, 2014

5 Toxic Beliefs that Ruin Your Presentations

We all have different beliefs when it comes to presenting depending on our life experiences. Here are 5 limiting beliefs that consistently make people mess up when they present.
February 27, 2014

The “Don’t Say This” List

In this post, Cath suggests some phrases that will affect your credibility, minimise the impact of what you are saying and undermine your professional standing.
February 13, 2014

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.
February 6, 2014

4 Ways to Build Your Persuasive and Powerful PresenceTM as a Woman in Business

As a woman in business, are you taken seriously? Do you want to reach the highest level of success? Here are 4 ways to start your powerful and persuasive presence to achieve just that.
January 30, 2014

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.
January 22, 2014

The 12 Worst Excuses for Not Improving Your Presenting Skills – Which Ones Do You Use?

Are you guilty of using excuses to avoid improving your presenting skills? In this post, Cath points out the 12 worst excuses we use and how to tackle them.
January 3, 2014

Kick Start Your Success and Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet

Most goal setting doesn’t work because it is missing one crucial piece. The Kick Start Your Success session is about identifying your goals and structuring them using that missing piece that makes them happen every time. So how can you do that? Read more.....
December 19, 2013

4 Lessons from Strictly

Using 4 lessons from popular reality TV show Strictly Come Dancing, Cath teaches you how to apply these lessons to your presenting skills.
November 28, 2013

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 ....
November 20, 2013

6 Powerful Presenting Lessons from Master Yoda

Based on principles from the wise Jedi Master Yoda, here are 6 ways to make your presentations more powerful.
November 14, 2013

Blackadder, BEM and You

Taking inspiration from Edmund Blackadder, Cath Daley outlines the key points to delivering memorable and well structured presentations.
November 6, 2013

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.
October 30, 2013

7 Reasons I Hated Your Presentation – What the Panel Don’t Tell You in Their Feedback

Many bid presentations and pitches fail and if that's ever happened to you then you'll be interested in finding out why.I did some research with many people who sit on procurement panels. I asked them for their candid feedback about what they hated and here are the results. This is what you don't get in your feedback..... and you may find a few surprises!
October 23, 2013

What Does the Way You Walk Say About You?

From time to time I come across articles that I think you might be interested in and find useful so have a look at this.... I may have mentioned in past posts how important and powerful first impressions are. This article by Cindi May in Scientific American describes some of the science behind it.....
October 16, 2013

8 Tips for Using Stats in Your Presentation

Many people find it challenging to add statistics in a way that is memorable for your audience rather than switch them off and in the worst cases the message can be entirely lost and that can have serious and horrific consequences.....
October 10, 2013

25 Quotes to Challenge and Inspire You

I regularly use quotes in my training and was asked if I would share some of them so here they are! Just click on the title to see more.. Hope you enjoy them.
October 9, 2013

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.....
October 2, 2013

60 Really Useful Minutes- It’s Time to STEP UP & STAND OUT

As part of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce's 60 Really Useful Minutes Series on 22nd Nov. It's Time to STEP UP and STAND OUT - 1 hr Workshop for Women Leaders- CEOs, Directors, Partners, Senior Executives, Women Entrepreneurs and women aspiring to these roles.
October 2, 2013

19 Great Quotes to Inspire You to Better Presenting

Here's a list of 19 interesting quotes about presenting and public speaking that can inspire you to become better at presenting. As well as being motivational these quotes include bits of presenting wisdom that are essential to keep your listeners on the edge of their seats.
September 26, 2013

I’m a published author at last!

I'm now officially a published author! I am one of several international experts asked to contribute to PUBLIC SPEAKING Tips from the Pros How to be a Powerful, Dynamic and Confident Public Speaker. Look out especially for Chapter 6: The best ways to incorporate statistics into your presentation. "This is one of the best discussions you’ll read on how to use statistics in a speech".. find out more....
September 26, 2013

9 Simple Tips for a Powerful and Persuasive Presentation

In this post Cath outlines 9 simple and specific things you can do to make your next presentation more powerful and persuasive.
September 12, 2013

Using Your “Super Brain” to Get Rid of the Nerves

In this post Cath outlines why developing your "Super Brain" can really help you get rid of the nerves when presenting.
August 22, 2013

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.......
August 8, 2013

13 Business Reasons Why You Need To Be More Persuasive

In this post Cath outlines 13 reasons why you need to learn how to be more persuasive if you want to be more successful in your business and personally too.
August 2, 2013

“This might just change your life!”

The new dates for the STEP UP and STAND OUT Programme for Women Leaders are now available. “This might just change your life!” Find out more […]
August 2, 2013

5 Great Alternatives to PowerPoint

Now you probably know that most of my clients don’t actually use PowerPoint when presenting. It’s not that I’m against it. I’m not. It can be […]
July 26, 2013

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.....
July 25, 2013

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!
July 17, 2013

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.
July 10, 2013

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....
June 24, 2013

Do you have a Presentation Habit Like Maria Sharapova?

If you do the same thing as Maria Sharapova it could be losing you business . . .
June 19, 2013

How Your Body Language Affects How You See Yourself

We know that our gestures and body language affect how others see us, but does it also change how we see ourselves? In this video you can see lots of examples of how your posture has a significant effect on your success.
June 18, 2013

60 Really Useful Minutes for Women Leaders – Results

Cath ran this session for Women Leaders as part of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce's 60 Really Useful Minutes Series of workshops. Cath describes the event and the results....
June 12, 2013

The 6 Shortcuts to Persuasive Presenting

In this short post Cath outlines the 6 shortcuts you can take to be immediately more persuasive.
May 30, 2013

Persuasive & Powerful Presenting for Women Leaders

We have completed the first pilot programme and the participants have had amazing results implementing the strategies and techniques. Here's just a selection....
May 30, 2013

The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 6

In the final post in this series Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation . Part 6: Consensus
May 30, 2013

ACCELERATE 2013 Fringe Event

As part of ACCELERATE 2013 Cath hosted a fringe event on 26th June entitled “How Do We Get More Women in the Boardroom?” – a discussion with women who have beaten the trend.With over 30 women leaders, from a variety of sectors, in the room the event was a great success with lots of thought provoking discussion......
May 29, 2013

“How Do We Get More Women in the Boardroom?”- a discussion with women who have beaten the trend

This interactive panel discussion with Women CEOs and Directors about the main challenges women face today was a great success and produced some very thought provoking ideas.....
May 23, 2013

The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 5

In this series of blog posts Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation . Part 5: Liking
May 7, 2013

The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 4

In this series of blog posts Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation . Part 4: Consistency & Commitment
April 25, 2013

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
April 18, 2013

The 6 Principles of Persuasive Presenting:Part 2

In this series of blog posts Cath outlines the practical ways you can use the scientific principles of persuasion in your presentation . Part 2 : Scarcity
April 10, 2013

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
April 5, 2013

What You Can Learn about Presenting from Ladies’ Day at Aintree

Friday is always Ladies’ Day at Aintree, an opportunity for many females to get dressed up to the nines to go to the races. I was in Liverpool […]
March 20, 2013

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.
March 6, 2013

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 . . . .
January 30, 2013

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 . . . .
January 23, 2013

The Power of 3

Listen to how his pitch and tone get stronger and stronger as he runs through his marathon ‘let freedom reign’. . . .
January 17, 2013

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 . . .
December 12, 2012

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
December 5, 2012

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!
November 29, 2012

Is Your Presentation You?

The extremes of the presentations spectrum- which are you?