Speak First Blog

20 June 2019

8 steps for effective listening

Humanity has evolved from Neanderthals, who communicated with grunts and points, into having complex systems of language and words that we use to impart information and share ideas with each other. ...

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17 June 2019

5 types of difficult questions and how to answer them

When you’re giving a presentation, or when giving a report at a meeting, you might be asked questions that you don’t have answers to. Or maybe you do have the answers, but you don’t know how to ...

13 June 2019

Handling email overload

Your inbox rarely takes a break. In our increasingly connected world, where you’re always expected to be contactable, how can you stay on top of your emails without it feeling like climbing Everest ...

11 June 2019

How to show that your learning and Development solutions pay for themselves

  For those of us working in the Learning and Development field, we know the benefits that come from an organisation running training for its staff: increased employee productivity, engagement and ...

6 June 2019

10 Secrets to handling questions well

You have done the research, prepared the slides and rehearsed your presentation. You are in control of everything. Well, almost everything. A question and answer session can be a daunting experience ...

30 May 2019

10 Secrets of Successful Networking

 Have you been to networking events but just ended up chatting to your colleagues and friends all evening? Do you meet lots of new people but struggle to stay in touch? Then you need our tried and ...

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? ...

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.”