'Elevating the Experience'

20 top tips to present like a gold-medal winning athlete

Posted by Lisa Harrison on 16/08/16 15:08

With the Olympics and Paralympics keeping so many of us awake and excited in the wee hours, I got to thinking that we can draw a lot of parallels between Olympic sports and public speaking. Getting up to deliver a presentation can feel like you are standing on the blocks of the pool, and the crowd of 40 can like 40,000 through our fearful eyes. Certainly for many of us, the adrenaline rush before we go on stage can feel approximately equal to the level you might experience before a high dive.

So what tips we can learn from these first class athletes who perform on the world stage, to make our experiences of public speaking a success on any stage?

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Topics: presentation skills, public speaking, Communication skills, Effective Communication

Benefits of having effective communication skills

Posted by Maura Fay Learning on 28/04/16 07:30


“Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” So says billionaire Richard Branson, who believes that communication is the skill that will set you apart from the crowd.

Indeed, Branson can certainly form alliances with the many business leaders and entrepreneurs who credit effective communication skills for much of their success. He joins the ranks of Warren Buffet, who believes that effective communication will instantly raise a person’s professional value.

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Topics: Communication skills, Careers, Effective Communication

How to influence stakeholders to achieve business outcomes

Posted by Sarah Downey on 28/05/15 07:30

One of the key aspects of my role as a project manager is to gain buy-in and influence stakeholders to support strategic business projects. Knowing where to start and how to approach others in order to receive a favourable response can be daunting, especially when current resources are already stretched too thin.

How do you gain and maintain support for your project or plan for change within an organisation when you don’t have authority?

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Topics: opinion, stakeholder management, Effective Communication, Influencing skills, project management