Don’t Faint When You Flub a Presentation – Laugh at Yourself

No doubt presentation training will help you to improve your delivery when you’re in front of an audience. But you’re only human, so sometimes things can go wrong – very wrong.

If that ever happens, laughing at yourself can be the best medicine.

Turn Off Your Microphone

Unless you’re made of stone, you will be nervous before a presentation. We advise clients to use the restroom just before speaking but be sure to turn off their wireless microphones. One of our clients took the first piece of advice but forgot the second and 200 people heard him in the restroom. …Read more…

Are You Using the Wrong Fork? A Business Primer on Table Manners and Etiquette

Client lunches, dinners and holiday parties are trying enough – but you can really embarrass yourself with poor table manners and etiquette.

This is more important than you think. Do you enjoy watching someone talk and eat at the same time? Would you want to be on the receiving end of a hard-sell pitch over dinner with someone who chews with his mouth open?

What Goes Where?

Elegant place setting

What Goes Where?

We’re assuming that you’re not eating at a coffee shop/diner, where they require you to keep your one fork and one knife for each course. These tips are for the restaurants where you sit down to a lineup of knives and forks of varying shapes and sizes surrounding your plate – not to mention, is that a wine or water glass?

We often get called in by major organizations to coach executives on their table manners, as well as what they say over dinner. …Read more…

How to Stand Out by Where You Sit Down

If you didn’t think it was important before, you will change your mind after reading this post about exerting your authority and leadership skills in a meeting.

Where you sit at the conference table during a business meeting really does matter.

At the Head of the Table

Sit at the head of the table and stand out. In that way, all eyes will be focused on you.

How to stand out

How to stand out

In order to be more democratic, some managers sit in the middle of the long side of a rectangular table. …Read more…

Are You Due for a Professional Image Update?

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” may be a cliché but this one is true.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

That’s why it’s essential to develop a professional image that creates an unforgettable powerful first impression when you are about to make a presentation, attend a business meeting or appear on TV.

Find Your Personal Style

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