Speak First Blog | Hints & Tips

1 September 2017

Delegating - how can you do it effectively?

 As the calm of the summer break becomes a distant memory, I’ve already started to find myself going ‘I wish I had someone else who could pick up some of this work’.

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30 August 2017

Refusing requests – saying ‘No’

At Speak First the summer break is well and truly over. For those of you who work in L&D and HR you’ll no doubt be gearing up for a very busy autumn period and the pressure that can come with that. ...

25 August 2017

The Four Pillars of Social Selling

  Prospecting used to be time-wasting and time-consuming – but it’s much easier and faster now because of our social, connected world. I’d imagine most of you reading this are on LinkedIn, with your ...

23 August 2017

5 hot tips to get your team working together

August is a time of year where, for most of the world, things shut down and people take a well-earned break. Offices are usually half-empty with staff away on holidays.

16 August 2017

Don’t Know What To Do With Your Hands When Presenting? Follow These 10 Powerful Rules To Maximise Your Impact

The biggest problem many presenters have – experienced as well as newcomers – is knowing what to do with their hands. They worry endlessly about whether they’re gesturing too much or too little, and ...

4 August 2017

Pitching to the C-Level – Do You Know the Secret to Selling to Executives?

Pitching to CEOs, CFOs and COOs can be daunting, because senior executives take no prisoners. Here are five powerful tips, tactics and techniques to help you maximise your success.

21 July 2017

10 essential elements to communicating with people from other cultures

Culture is a fascinating thing. We all have one, we’ve all grown up in one and some of us have even grown up in several different ones. The environment, values, experiences that form the basis of ...

14 July 2017

10 Assertive Tips to Standing Your Ground and Speaking Your Mind

Assertiveness is essential if you’re to get what you want – but you don’t want to come across as pushy or aggressive. Here are 10 practical tips from Speak First for how to be effective in a range of ...

7 July 2017

‘Dead Fish’ or ‘Bone Crusher’ – What Does Your Handshake Say About You?

Everybody’s talking about Donald Trump’s handshake. Because it’s often the only time in business we touch another person, the handshake is a crucial element in making a positive impression. Here are ...

30 June 2017

10 Powerful ways to open a presentation with impact

 The first 30 seconds of a presentation is crucial – so don’t waste it. You need to grab the attention of your audience and engage their interest from the start. Many speakers begin by giving their ...