Tips & Advice

Polish your talks and presentations by following the tips and advice given in these regular blogs. You can see a list of the most recent articles below or select a specific article by using the menu on the left.

Stop being so nice!

I’m somewhat dismayed to have just realised that I’ve been running presentation skills workshops for the John Lewis Partnership for twenty-one years. Where has the time gone? The Partnership was one of my first clients and I’m delighted to say they’ve stuck … Continue reading

Who the hell are you?

Hmm… it’s a good question. To be honest I’m not really sure who I am sometimes; are you? You see my personality keeps changing according to who I’m talking to, or according to my differing circumstances. Does that ever happen … Continue reading

Imp of the Perverse

Put someone under pressure and it’s amazing what they’ll say. I discovered this early on in my short lived career as a radio journalist. I used to run about London with an enormous but supposedly portable tape-recorder, that pulled your … Continue reading

Can I take you home?

It’s a provocative question and it probably worked in grabbing your attention, but I also wanted to ask it for another reason. Making the audience feel they’d like to take you home is a pretty good guide as to how … Continue reading

Like it or loathe it?

Years ago I used to work in radio. I worked for one of the commercial radio stations that had just opened in London – which says how long ago this was! As a former actor it was thought I’d be … Continue reading

Don’t Reward Good Behaviour

Every so often psychological studies throw up results that leave me – and possibly you too – gasping in disbelief. The boffins are now telling us not to reward good behaviour. Surely that can’t be right! What about all those … Continue reading

Can you see yourself?

I’m feeling sorry for myself. I’ve got a cold and am feeling miserable. To cheer me up I’ve taken to the sofa with my latest psychology book: I is for Influence by Dr Rob Yeung. It’s very readable and I‘ve … Continue reading

Get P I S T!!!

OK, it’s not the sort of advice you’d expect from these blogs and indeed even the right spelling! That’s because I’m not advocating a night on the tiles – lovely though that might sound – but instead adopting a new … Continue reading

Do exactly as I say!

God knows I’ve sat through some boring presentations in my time – I think we all have. It’s worse for me though, because I’m a presentation skills teacher. I have to listen! The worst moments are when I realise, somewhat belatedly, … Continue reading

Why won’t you join up?

I was coaching a new client last week, who’s leading a new trade-body for specialist retailers. She’s desperate for more organisations and businesses to subscribe and become members. With more members, subscriptions and dues, the body will be better financed … Continue reading