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The other day one of my clients observed how incredibly difficult and time consuming it was to prepare a 10 minute speech for a conference. It reminded me of what Churchill said: ‘‘If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if an hour, I am ready now’. The next day I… View Article
December 12, 2016
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Metro, September 14, 2016  Learning the power of persuasion Graham Singleton of presentation specialists Make Yourself on how to influence people So, what’s the big idea? Make Yourself started about ten years ago. We do presentation skills, communication skills, negotiation skills… anything around influencing and persuasion. It’s not just about what you say, it’s about… View Article
September 20, 2016
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  “Quiet Revolution. Is it better to be an introvert?” is a piece from last Sunday’s Telegraph, exploring what it means to be an introvert in a world often designed around extroverts. It’s centred on author Susan Cain, who spent 7 years in happy solitude writing her first book on the subject, then a whole year… View Article
June 2, 2016
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A good, short read from HBR with practical tips to help you handle conflict, along with a list of useful phrases to get you into the swing of things.  “The minute you accept that the conflict is productive and that the person you’re in conflict with is worthy, the nature of the conflict will immediately change… View Article
May 24, 2016
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The Daily Telegraph, September 4, 2006 Singing lesson is the key to increased productivity Si si si, do la da. Ya ku si ne la do ba na-ha. Ba-na-ha, ba-na-ha. Ya-ku si ne la do ba na-ha. Curious sounds are emanating from The Strand offices of business advisory firm Deloitte. Whatever is going on? Has… View Article
September 20, 2015
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If politics is your thing, then 2015 has been an interesting year. After the hype of the General Election earlier this year, there were numerous resignations and latterly the surprise election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Whatever your politics it seems that the new leader of the opposition has struck a cord with the… View Article
November 5, 2015
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We all understand or recognise the concept of our inner voice and most of us would concede that our inner voice is usually critical. The recent advertising campaign “One Beautiful Thought” by Dove France shows how powerful that inner voice can be and how destructive. When the thoughts captured by ordinary women are overheard, being… View Article
May 21, 2015
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Opera singers command the stage with powerful voices and a sense of presence. Does this mean that opera singing has a place in presentation and personal impact skills’ training?
March 24, 2015
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 The Daily Telegraph noticed that Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was now coming across with more authority and impact, and called his office to find out why. Danny’s office was happy to share that Anthea Willey, trainer and coach at Make Yourself, had been working with Danny on vocal training and personal impact. The Daily Telegraph… View Article
March 24, 2015
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