Speak First Blog

4 July 2019

7 secrets of making a positive first impression

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This might be a bit of a cliché, but it’s repeated so often because it’s true. People make a lot of assumptions and judgements about a ...

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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 ...

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? ...

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’.

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. ...

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 ...

23 June 2017

Get Some Work Done! – 10 Killer Tips for Taming your Procrastination

Do you suffer from procrastination? Do you put things off? Do you start but then get stuck? Is procrastination holding you back from achieving what you want? Try these tried and tested ...

7 June 2017

Building trust with colleagues and clients

Whatever your role, you’re the face of the company – a living embodiment of the brand and its values. This puts you in a unique position.

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 ...

21 April 2017

Developing emotional resilience

In the northern hemisphere, people I speak to are starting to count down to the summer break and the holidays they have planned.