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Say What You See

More often than not, what gets in the way of a meeting going well has little to do with the subject-matter being discussed. It’s far more likely to be about the behaviours going on around the table. These may be obvious to everybody – yet no-one dares to voice a challenge. However, it’s more likely […]

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Greeting The Meeting

Good meetings set the right tone from the word go. Much of that depends on what everyone feels about being there.  People in business often lead such busy lives that they rush from one thing to the next without so much as a pause for breath. If that’s how you arrive, you’re not walking into […]

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Come Gather Round, People

Most business meetings take place around rectangular tables. It drives me nuts. What’s wrong with rectangular tables? you may ask. Well, here’s a clue: I’ve written before about the power of eye contact. The minute you have more than three people either side of that table, the more difficult it is to engage eye contact with […]

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Make Yourself At Home

When you walk into your kitchen, you probably know exactly:- – where to flip on the light switch… – how the sink tap turns on… – or where to find a teaspoon. You could probably do those things with your eyes shut. At home, your body knows the space it’s in.  It’s developed a physical […]

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A Tale Of Three Fears

For many of us, being put in the spotlight means confronting three fears: – ourselves – other people – the space. That’s something I learned many years ago, from Richard Hahlo – an actor, director and long-established trainer for the National Theatre and his own company, Hydrocracker. Fear of ourselves is the worry that we’ll […]

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Talk In Tune

To communicate well, words need to be given their full value. But I’ve noticed how easily businesspeople can develop a habit of destroying that value, using words in ways that grate on their listeners’ ears. Like hearing an out-of-tune piano, once upon a time there was music there, but now the harmony is lost because the […]

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Brevity: The Soul Of Wit

Far be it from me to publish cartoons that might be construed as a criticism of the Almighty – so let’s focus instead on the notion that many businesspeople seem to think a long sentence, preferably chock full of multi-syllabic abstract nouns, packs more punch than a short one. It doesn’t. The tendency to ramble on often […]

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Making Your Words Work

A good presentation involves more physicality than you might think. I’ve written before about feet, hands and eyes – but actually, there’s a physical element even in the way you use muscles to form your words. Or there should be. But often the impact of what is being said, formally or informally, is lost because the […]

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Mind Your Language!

Faced with a presentation to deliver, most businesspeople focus almost exclusively on the content of what they want to say. As I’ve said in previous Articles, they’re missing a trick. Making your words work well means making sure they are complemented by your voice and your body. The way you use your feet, your hands, your […]

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