Personal impact

Do you try too hard?

October 27, 2011

I had a really interesting challenge the other day,  to speak to  30 or so 14-16 year old girls about ‘personal impact’.  I had 30 minutes to make an impression and help them make the most of the event they were at. The event was a ‘bring your daughter to work’ day,  arranged by the fabulous people […]

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How can you ‘connect’ with an audience- Think ‘energy’

September 21, 2011

There are three types of people in business- Those people who take away energy and enthusiasm from a room- ‘dementors’ if you like Harry Potter. Those people that leave the energy and enthusiasm the same in the room after they’ve left as it was when they were in the room- ‘Neutrals’ for want of a better expressions Those […]

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FT Guide to Business Networking- Book Review

September 17, 2011

In summary- The book’s great buy it now.

Here’s another book that I’d like to have written. I’d put ‘The FT Guide to Business Networking’ by Heather Townsend alongside the irritatingly comprehensive ‘Beyond Bullet Points’ by Cliff Atkinson- Reviewed here, in the ‘Oh my God, there really are people as structured, efficient, and focused as this, surely I could learn something from them…’ part of my library.

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FT Guide to Business Networking- Heather Townsend- Book Review

September 17, 2011

In summary- The book’s great buy it now.

Here’s another book that I’d like to have written. I’d put ‘The FT Guide to Business Networking’ by Heather Townsend alongside the irritatingly comprehensive ‘Beyond Bullet Points’ by Cliff Atkinson- Reviewed here, in the ‘Oh my God, there really are people as structured, efficient, and focused as this, surely I could learn something from them…’ part of my library.

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Is David Starkey a racist? Maybe but I wish he’d just get some manners

August 15, 2011

In all of the blah blah blan about Mr Starkey’s appearance on ‘Newsnight’ to discuss the riots and their causes, there’s one point that both sides miss. It’s Starkey’s lack of courtesy, generosity and charm that makes him easy to dislike and difficult to listen to. On ‘Newsnight’ last week he was pretty well behaved […]

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Steve Jobs- One definition of charisma- we’ve all got it, we just don’t all know it.

August 7, 2011

In a previous post- here- I shared a definition of charisma that I found really useful in getting my clients to understand that they are naturally charismatic and generally trained out of it. Here’s the definition. Charisma is- “the ability to transfer an emotion that the speaker has to his audience.”  Simple isn’t it?  And […]

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Professional networking- Where should we take our clients to lunch?

July 31, 2011

It’s a continuing dilemma isn’t it? Where should we take our clients for lunch? The short answer is, of course, somewhere- They’ll enjoy- feel relaxed, honoured and ‘at home’. Won’t get them fired- so nowhere too expensive, or un-pc. Doesn’t make you look desperate to impress- Definitely never ‘The Ivy’ then. Here’s a really interesting […]

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Personal Impact a la Francaise- Oh la la

July 30, 2011

Fabulous article by Elaine Sciolino in the UK Independent Newspaper. She redfines the seduction word to the french meaning (a combination of social skill and networking) Land I think it’s a great thought starter for people seeking to develop their personal impact. Here’s the article in full- Liberté, égalité, flirtation: How I learnt to play […]

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