January 19, 2021

Are You Ready for Your Success?

The power of using a Success Review and a Success Diary
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 […]
July 23, 2020

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 . . .
July 22, 2020

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 . . .
June 21, 2020

Is Your Inner Critic on Steroids Right Now? Here’s How You Can Deal with Her

  For many women leaders the Inner Critic is often around to a greater or lesser extent but what I’m noticing whilst we are in lockdown […]
April 10, 2020

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....
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

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.”
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...
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 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 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.
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 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 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.....
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.......
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 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

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 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’. . . .
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?
November 21, 2012

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.
October 24, 2012

8 Things to Hate about PowerPoint

If you’ve ever had to endure a “Death by PowerPoint” presentation then you’ll really enjoy this very funny video.....
October 17, 2012

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.
October 9, 2012

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.
September 28, 2012

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 […]
September 20, 2012

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......
August 30, 2012

Your Presentation – How Do You Deal with Negative Feedback?

What happens when you get negative feedback after your presentation? Here are some tips for dealing with it.
August 15, 2012

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 . . . .
August 8, 2012

Olympics – Love them or Loathe Them?

So let me be controversial here. “To be successful you need to put in the effort.” . . . .
August 2, 2012

Bond, The Queen and Mr. Bean

The three best moments form the Olympic Opening Ceremony London 2012 and your presentation......
July 26, 2012

11 Top Tips for a Scintillating 60 Seconds

How good are you at describing your business in just 60 seconds? Here are 11 Top Tips on how to do it in a way that will get you more business.....
July 20, 2012

Why You Need to be the Pilot in Your Business Presentation

Presentation audiences are very much like aircraft passengers.......
July 12, 2012

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 . . .
June 20, 2012

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...
June 13, 2012

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.
June 7, 2012

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.........
May 15, 2012

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.
April 25, 2012

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 . . .
April 11, 2012

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 . . . . .
March 28, 2012

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? . . .
March 21, 2012

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 . . . .
March 15, 2012

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.
March 7, 2012

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?
March 1, 2012

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.
February 22, 2012

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.........
January 25, 2012

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 . . . .
January 12, 2012

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 […]
December 14, 2011

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

How do social perceptions apply to your business presentations?
November 20, 2011

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 […]
November 10, 2011

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 […]
October 26, 2011

What Links Toblerone, the Nobel Prize and Your Business Presentation?

What links a new snack, an international prize for physics and your business presentation?
October 19, 2011

5 Steps to Flourishing in Your Business in Difficult Times

If you are feeling down and struggling a bit at the moment here is a simple 5 step exercise to change all that.....
October 15, 2011

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......
September 30, 2011

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.
September 23, 2011

Neutrinos, the Speed of Light and Your Business Presentation

The astonishing and startling results from CERN about the behaviour of neutrinos can......
September 16, 2011

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.....
September 9, 2011

Video: Is Your Business Message As Powerful As This?

How a simple yet profound idea can be truly exciting and inspirational.......
August 28, 2011

One Day Workshop : The Secrets of Painless Presenting

In This One Day Workshop I’ll Show You How To Be Truly Confident, Comfortable and Relaxed Presenting Yourself and Your Business in Any Situation, So That You Really Make an Impact, Stand Out in Your Marketplace and Win More Business
August 27, 2011

Video: When Business Presenting Are You Distracted or Distracting?

Are you distracted or distracting when presenting in your business? and what are the consequences?
August 23, 2011

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 .....
August 10, 2011

One of The Biggest Mistakes in Business Presentations and Pitches

Have you ever done the same as this hotel owner I met in Scotland?......
August 2, 2011

Video: How Not to Use PowerPoint- If You Want to Make the Right Impression

Things to hate about PowerPoint... how many of these drive you nuts?
July 28, 2011

Video: Why the “Ugly Betty” Approach to Business Networking Doesn’t Work…..

If you regularly go business networking have you noticed an increase in the number of events and the number of people new to networking? And I think many have been given this sort of advice.....
July 25, 2011

What’s Your Business “WOW” Factor?

How The Macula have taken a well known type of presentation event and made it their own.....
July 18, 2011

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 ......
July 14, 2011

What Has Harry Potter Got To Do With Your Business?

Unfortunately The Dementors are at work in every business and every organisation....
July 4, 2011

Are You Taking Full Advantage of This Free Marketing Opportunity for Your Business?

Are you one of the 68% of businesses who pass up on this chance to market your business for free?
June 27, 2011

Lessons from Glastonbury……

Wow! what a weekend of music…. I think Glastonbury was better than ever this year. Even my 82 yr old Mum watched it! I didn’t know […]
June 23, 2011

Is Their Communication Holding Women Back in Business?

Much research suggests that a relatively small proportion of the meaning of any communication is conveyed through the words that we say. But just how critical is the choice of words to use? and is it different for men and women?
June 19, 2011

Business Presentations:The Ten Most Irritating Mannerisms?

Are these the ten most irritating mannerisms of business speakers and business presentations?
June 15, 2011

How to Turn Your Business Presentation Butterflies into The Red Arrows

Two quick, easy and powerful techniques to help get rid of the panic of public speaking