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It’s All About Them: 5 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Meeting

The other day one of my coaching clients asked me, with a mixture of exhaustion in his posture, resignation in his voice and a small glimmer of hope in his eyes "How can I stop having to attend so many meetings?!" I felt for him. He has recently been promoted to a Board position and as per the usual he is struggling to back-fill his previous role, as well as get his current team onside, make the right impact with the other Board members - his new Peers - and handle some immediate and pressing challenges. It seemed he didn't [...]

2019-03-12T11:21:10+00:00 By |Meetings|

How to Have a Great Performance Review

You know your Performance Review is coming up, and you want it to go well – so how do you prepare? In my experience of coaching so many people over the years, it helps to take the same kind of approach to a performance review as when preparing for an interview. A performance review is about your line manager being able to see how you have contributed to your organisation, understand how you lead and manage the performance of others, and believe in your potential for continued progression. It positions you in the right way to be considered for [...]

2019-04-01T12:15:33+00:00 By |Communication, Performance|

How to introduce yourself…

We’ve all been there – that moment when we are asked to introduce ourselves in a meeting. We know it’s coming (or should know) so why are we ever caught off guard? It helps to have given some thought to how we can best introduce ourselves, both generally and to each particular audience. While I would never suggest delivering a memorised personal introduction, it helps to ask yourself a few questions, and then come up with some phrases that can be called on as appropriate to help you make a positive, powerful impact. Here are [...]

2019-03-12T11:33:05+00:00 By |Communication|

How to avoid the Waffle Trap

If you have ever found yourself rattling on in a presentation or meeting, you may just have succumbed to the “Waffle Trap”. The Waffle Trap has ruined, or at the very least, weakened many a presentation, and I’m not just talking about formal presentations – in fact, it is a common occurrence in meetings with customers, internal meetings and presentations. AVOID WAFFLE AT ALL COSTS if you want to come across with presence, gravitas and authority. If you want people to see you as uncertain, unfocused or apologetic, then by all means go ahead and waffle [...]

2019-03-12T11:35:32+00:00 By |Body language|