Speak First Blog

23 May 2019

How to make an impact in meetings

Meetings can be a great opportunity to sit down and talk to staff, managers, clients and colleagues that you may not usually have time to. Some meetings might be a group discussion and some might be ...

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20 May 2019

6 Steps to Developing Personal Effectiveness

Every day, it’s the same old story – everyone has too much to do and not enough time to do it. So how are you supposed to achieve your goals when you can only just stay on top of the urgent tasks? ...

16 May 2019

Amanda Vickers, Speak First CEO, visits the cape flats youth programme

Imagine growing up in a house with corrugated iron walls and roof, with no heating and where the electricity is drawn from a nearby street light. In this area there are no public services provided – ...

9 May 2019

How to Adopt a Marketing Approach to Increase Staff Engagement with your Training

Picture this: You have lost count of the number of hours you spent typing emails, on the phone and in meetings, but you have finally managed to confirm that the world's greatest business coach is ...

23 January 2019

The Cape Flats Youth Development Programme (C.F.Y.D.P.)

On this blog, we recently shared details of The Floating School project in Bangladesh sponsored by the Speak First Foundation. This initiative ensures children have access to quality education ...

11 January 2019

The Floating School in Bangladesh

 “My life’s mission is to help people” says Amanda Vickers, Speak First CEO.    A mission she has been passionate about since an early age and throughout her professional career, Amanda fiercely ...

12 January 2018

12 Keys to Delivering Great Virtual Presentations

What comes to mind when your people think about delivering a virtual presentation? Awkward and boring or engaging and time efficient? What would it take to ensure the latter? These 12 keys to ...

10 January 2018

7 Secrets for Sales Management Success

Every organisation relies heavily on the revenue generated by its sales function. This means Sales Managers play a pivotal role in achieving the company’s goals. Are your Sales Managers ready to meet ...

18 October 2017

Gravitas: What it is and how it can help you be more successful, influential and charismatic

Some people have an authority, a presence, that’s often called gravitas. It is defined as “Seriousness and importance of manner, causing feelings of respect and trust in others.”

25 September 2017

How to get your message across in a teleconference

Like a lot of people I now spend much of my business life on teleconference calls. Some of them can be productive, but a lot of them result in frustration as you can’t hear what others say, people ...