Speak First Blog | Impact & Influence

27 June 2019

6 Steps to raising your internal profile

Imagine that you are a senior partner and you have been asked to decide who in the office deserves a promotion. Who do you choose? Do you pick someone who is already on your radar, or are you going ...

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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 ...

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.”

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. ...

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 ...

16 June 2017

10 Ways to Make Yourself More Likeable

Likeability is at the heart of impact and influence. The more someone likes you, the more likely they are to say ‘yes’ to you – in virtually any situation.

14 June 2017

Beliefs, confidence and impact

How you feel on the inside makes a huge difference to how you come across to others on the outside. That feeling shines through to the surface.

31 May 2017

10 Powerful Tips for Avoiding Negative Body Language

Bad body language can ruin your impact in a wide range of situations, says Steve Bavister from global training and coaching consultancy Speak First.

19 May 2017

3 ways of assertively managing your time

You’re sitting at your desk and you’re trying to get something done. Maybe it’s a report. Maybe it’s a budget. Maybe it’s a presentation and Simon, or Sarah, or someone comes and perches on the ...