‘Are they … judging me??’

Do you secretly wonder what they must think of you when you stand up to speak?

Do you secretly wonder what they must think of you when you stand up to speak? Maybe they’re criticising your appearance. Your voice. Your message. Judging.

I’ve trained countless business people on how to feel, look and sound their best and deliver a great message, using simple tried and tested insider techniques.

Anyone can learn! Here are some quick tips to help you:

🌠Be prepared! Ask yourself what your audience really need from you right now and give it to them in clear, simple plain English.

🌠Wear something you’re familiar with and know it’s in a great colour for you and fits you well.

🌠Breathe deeply from your diaphragm not your chest, and allow the pause. Much more effective and easy to follow than a nervous ‘um’-infested gabble.

If you’d like to step into spring with more public speaking confidence and impact, I’m offering my new Speak Up And Step Up 1-1 coaching programmes.

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Confident Public Speaking skills for leadership, management and business

Networking for beginners

It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know – it’s who knows you that counts.

It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know – it’s who knows you that counts.

Face to face networking is an actor and business essential, and gets easier the more you do it.

Everyone starts out shy and uncertain – and gets better at networking with practice.

Top tips for making the most of networking events

Get cards with your photo, contact details and white space for them to write on it when and how they met you.

Polish your elevator pitch – who are you, what do you do – so you can quickly and gracefully introduce yourself.

Practice a few opening remarks.

Act as you would if you already know them and treat them as you would like them to treat you.

Remember this is (probably) not a singles dating event.

Ask them about themselves and listen to their story too.

Keep going – consistency works. Renew those acquaintances, remember names, faces and stories.

And practice your closing remarks, too – great to meet you, have a good evening …

Follow up – email, connect on LinkedIn, keep the conversations going and your news appearing online – without becoming a pest.

Philippa Hammond

The art of Kintsugi

Imagine you had a beautiful bowl, and it broke…

Imagine you had a beautiful bowl, and it broke.

You could throw it away – it’s useless.

You could mend it invisibly – shhhh, it’s a secret, no-one must ever know it broke …

Or you could mend it using gold, so the break will always be a part of what it is, and the mend a beautiful, essential element of its recovery, strength and continuing life.

This post really wasn’t about pots.

Philippa Hammond

Confident Public Speaking for leadership, management and business

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Trainer tales

All trainers have a story about how we got here

All trainers have a story about how we got here.

I started by giving informal training talks to colleagues, then helping out a trainer on a one day event, then occasionally travelling abroad to train airline staff – all while mostly doing the day job, where I was seen as a subject matter expert.

Realising it was the training that had captured my interest, I seized the chance to join a newly expanding full time training unit, inducting, training and developing new and established colleagues.

My employer funded my CIPD training, which led to a professional training qualification and a new way of thinking and talking about myself and my work as a trainer ‘brand’.

And then came the unthinkable – redundancy. But with it came a new beginning, the chance to reinvent and grow. That redundancy was the best thing that could have happened. Today, I’m an actor, voice artist and learning and development consultant. My business, Speaking Well In Public, trains confident public speaking, leadership, train the trainer and employability essentials.

I offer short L&D contracts, 1-1 coaching to private clients and corporate development programmes.

Each new step happened because I said ‘yes’ to a new chance. So what’s your story?

Philippa Hammond

Confident Public Speaking for leadership, management and business

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Public speaking quick tips

Five easy tips for those who have to stand up and speak at short notice

Five easy tips for those who have to stand up and speak at short notice:

1 – Think audience – what do these people need from you right now? What do you want them to take away / to do as a result of having heard you?

2 – Think aim and objectives – what are you intending to achieve here? Do you want to inform, inspire, entertain them? What will they be able to do differently after you speak?

3 – Think body language – stand up straight, make eye contact round the room and smile.

4 – Think voice – Breathe out, then breathe in half way from your diaphragm, not your chest, and speak a little more slowly than nerves may want you to.

5 – And always … Keep it short and simple!

Philippa Hammond

Confident Public Speaking for leadership, management and business

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Training matters

Why do organisations need to train their people?

Thinking about ‘train the trainer’ skills and competency-based training today, as I adapt a programme for a client proposal.

We train for many reasons:

It could be because a new role requires new skills.

Or the law requires you to do something different now.

Or something’s wrong – standards are slipping, competencies aren’t being achieved, your brand is under threat.

All training comes down to one question:

What permanent change in behaviour do you want to see?

It’s all about performance needs analysis, setting clear aim and objectives and knowing what this particular group of people needs to hear from you right now.

More about my Train the Trainer programmes

Philippa Hammond

Confident Public Speaking for leadership, management and business

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Interview questions: what’s your greatest weakness?

How to answer the ‘what’s your weakness’ interview question

Blog: The ‘what are your weaknesses’ interview question?

I’ve been having a conversation on Twitter after reading a call to interviewers to ditch the ‘what’s your greatest weakness?’ question, and just talk about the job itself, instead.

I got to wondering about the thinking behind telling us to ditch these questions. Yes, everyone ends up turning their weaknesses into a strength, and few candidates will reveal a significant weakness.

So does the question serve any purpose?

I always advise candidates to avoid the wrong answer [‘I don’t have any’], comedy answers (‘chocolate’) and disguised boasts (‘I’m a shocking perfectionist, just can’t rest til it’s perfect – terrible, I know, but that’s just the way I’m made!’).

It’s a great way to highlight your attitude to self development – what you’re actively doing to deal with something that could become an issue – and helps you feel more confident about acknowledging that nobody’s perfect and we can all learn.

Preparing to answer those questions, even if they’re never asked, helps boost a candidate’s confidence in their own abilities and self worth, and the interviewer can benefit from seeing that in action.

Underneath, it’s really not about a weakness list!

Philippa Hammond

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