Could YOU be missing something ?​​​​

Article by Simon Perkin 15.06.16


As Napoleon Hill wrote, ‘every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit’. Are you looking for your opportunity ? 

In my case, I was struck down with Blood Cancer and my whole world fell apart. I was fearful of the future.

 Why did it happen ? Well. To be honest, we will never know but I believe it was all down to my lifestyle. When I look back, I was working long hours (60 hours plus a week) in a stressful job, drinking heavily (15 pints plus a week) and although I was exercising regularly, my diet was poor. I was no different to about 85 to 90% of the population, not eating my 5 a day in fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, the wonderful NHS, friends, family and the Anthony Nolan Trust and a very kind stranger, who donated their bone marrow, came to my rescue.

Fours years later, I am probably fitter now than I have ever been. As any leading scientist and doctors will tell you, good health is not just about good luck or good genes, there’s science behind it. My good health is no fluke or accident. I have worked hard at it and I am now on a mission to give something back.

Who do you know who is overworked and under paid ? Who do you know who is not paying attention to their health ? Is it time to get the balance back in your life ? 

Napoleon Hill continues to write, ‘if the opportunity is not immediately apparent, keep on looking. If you still can’t find opportunity, get busy and make your own’.

Imagine if you could, but you never did do anything about your health. 

Feel free to contact me via simonperkin@me.com and let’s meet up for a coffee or a beer / glass of wine.

Top Five Tips for Freeing Yourself from Negative Thinking

Article by Daniel Browne 13.06.16

I’m going to tell you a story about a boy who was once full of negativity and absolute despair as a result of the situations he faced in life. That boy was me. As a child, and even more so as a teenager, I was frequently the target of school bullies. Every day for five years I was subjected to physical and mental abuse, but never really knew why. I hated the bullies the how they made me feel. I felt weak and like a complete loser.

I left school at eighteen years old and went out into the wide world. It should have been an exciting time in my life, but I actually felt crippled by the fear of not being liked. I was worried that I would be bullied in the workplace, as I had been at school. Due to the traumatic experiences I had as a young person, I was consumed by negativity as an adult. I hated people, and hated myself even more.

Over the years I attended counselling sessions and tried hard to work on reducing the negativity that I felt. The results were varying, but then one day somebody gave me one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. I will never forget those immortal words… “F**k ‘em”.

There’s something about those words that struck a chord with me. It resonated, and from that day on I felt more in control of my own destiny. I decided that I was no longer going to let the bullies control my life. I was taking the control back.

I spent the next few years working on my self-development, which included going back to school to train as a hypnotherapist, counsellor and psychotherapist. During that period, I learnt so much about myself and my fellow humans, which has been invaluable to this day. That time also enabled me to develop a number of beliefs that I now put into practice daily to ensure that negativity never consumes me again. I’d now like to share my top five tips for freeing yourself from negative thinking.

1. What other people say about you is their problem, not yours. This is something to always keep in mind. There will always be people out there who don’t like you, will want to knock you, or take out their jealousy on you. But, and I’m being cheesy here, let your haters be your motivators. Most people who act negatively towards you are probably projecting their own issues or self-loathing on to you. It certainly says more about them than it does about you. So let it go, and be free. Which leads me to my next tip.

2. Know that you are free to be yourself. Why be like someone else when you can be yourself. Nobody really has control over you. You are the keeper of your own destiny, so don’t be afraid to live your life authentically. You will thank yourself for it in the long run, and people will admire you for having the courage to be yourself.

3. Having off days is ok. It’s not realistic to expect that you will feel positive every single day. We all have our wobbles. Just remind yourself that life has its ups and downs, that shit happens and tomorrow is a new day. Down days will happen, but the key is to learn to be at peace with them and be ready for a brighter day tomorrow.

4. Be grateful for what you have and let that be a foundation for gaining more in your life. Many people focus too much on all of the things that they don’t have. Instead, think about all of the things that you DO have, even if it’s the most basic thing. The simple, most basic things often bring the most happiness, and happiness thrives when the list of things you’re grateful for is longer than the list of things you worry about. So, what are you thankful for?

5. Making mistakes and going through negative experiences is a fact of life. Disappointments and failures are often what makes us. Rather than letting them harden your heart, pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Those disappointments and failures are just stepping stones to your success. They will help you to grow and learn.

 Happiness is always going to be a result of your own thinking. It starts and lasts with you, not with anyone or anything in your life. Of course it’s not always easy to find happiness within, but it is always possible. Regardless of the situations you face, happiness is always a choice and will be a result of your attitude. When negativity takes hold, it controls you. Once you realise how powerful your own thoughts are, you can regain control and never let negativity bother you again.

Daniel Browne Dip Hyp CS, Ad.Dip CP, MHS

Hypnotherapist
07816 181428

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How to Use Mindfulness to Help with Negative Emotions

Article by Mita Mistry 30.05.16


Life can be a rollercoaster of emotions, it’s not anyone’s fault it’s just the way life is. There are often moments that are overwhelming and difficult to endure which can feel scary. Sometimes, negative emotions surface out of the blue for no obvious reason leaving us feeling angry, anxious, stressed out, sad or even embarrassed.

When a negative emotion rears its head, its very normal to avoid facing it by distracting ourselves with activities like food or drink or something stronger.

Sadly life is such that we all face hardship but the intensity of emotional pain for each one of us can vary from small setbacks like feeling excluded, to intense grief of a significant loss.

The problem is, the more we try to avoid emotional pain the more likely we are to experience it because we are unable to develop the skills needed to cope. By not accepting suffering we give negative emotions permission to control us because no matter how hard we try to escape them, emotions have a way of reappearing possibly in the form of panic attacks, depression or by engaging in unhealthy behaviours like substance abuse, eating disorders, pathological gambling, internet addiction, excessive worry or over-exercising to name a few.

Mindfulness can be your greatest teacher to help you face suffering and accept it as part of the human experience. It gives you the opportunity to step back and understand that emotions are temporary. The more you face up to uncomfortable feelings, the less intense the emotional experience. In the long run you learn to cope with experiencing pain while it also massively enhances happier moments, a paradox we must all understand.


RAIN – 4 Steps to Manage Negative Emotions

Here is a very well known mindfulness practice called RAIN (an acronym for the four steps of the process), it can be used in any situation or place. It directs your attention in a clear, systematic way that cuts through confusion and stress.

R – Recognise

You can do this by simply asking yourself: “What is happening inside me right now?” Keep an open kind mind and listen to what you are feeling. Name the emotion if you can.

A – Accept.  

Allow the thoughts, emotions, feelings or sensations that may feel unpleasant to just be. This emotion is present in the here and now at this very moment. Just “Let it be”. 

I – Investigate.

Pause and simply ask yourself

“Where am I feeling this emotion in my body?”

“What thoughts am I thinking? “

“What experience led to this feeling?”

“What does this feeling want from me?”

N – Non-identification. 

This means maintaining a sense of who you are by simply observing the emotions. Emotions are temporary feelings that will pass, watching them come and go like thoughts can help you regain control. Imagine you are like a mountain, in the midst of a storm it remains still. Similarly during a difficult time, know that the feelings will pass and there is always a part of you that remains still and untouched by it. Have the attitude “sadness is weighing me down at the moment but it will soon melt away”. “Anger is rising up in me like a furnace but at some point it will start to settle and cool down.” Non -identification is a powerful step that disentangles you from the negative emotions replacing it with inner peace and awareness.

R.A.I.N. and related practices of spacious awareness are fundamental to mental health, and always worth doing in their own right. Sometimes you may find that one step is enough to help you manage the negative emotions but you may need to go through all four steps of the process which is recommended during challenging times.

 

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t: @MitaMistry

 

New Series from Pilates with Diane

Article by Diane Clark 13.05.16

Hello, I’m Diane Clark the owner of Pilates with Diane. I been teaching Pilates around Southam and Leamington Spa for 5 years now.I’ve been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. I started attending Pilates classes at my local Leisure Centre as well as working out in the Gym and going swimming. After only a few sessions I was “hooked” on Pilates and haven’t looked back since.

Over the next 5 weeks I’ll be showing you different exercises that can help stretch, strengthen and mobilize the back. Add them together for a mini routine or do separately.

With the cobra & swimming – release into child pose or Cat Stretch (shown next week) after to stretch & relax the spine.

Cobra – 10 reps

Strengthens and stretches the spine and promotes sequential movement of the spine. Strengthens the glutes and backs of the legs promoting openess in the hip joint. In the fully raised position it also stretches out the stomach muscles (rectus abdominus) and strengthens the triceps.


1. Lie face down on your mat with arms positioned as in photo. Inhale to prepare


2. Exhale & slowly raise head & shoulders off the mat. Inhale and hold


3. Exhale & return to start position. Repeat up to 10 times in total


 4. Finish in Child’s pose for 5 breaths.

Level 2 – Carry out options 1 & 2 then

Article Inhale, slowly raising the top half of the body (keeping the hips & legs in contact with the mat) off the mat. Looking straight ahead, exhale and return slowly to position (1)

I hope these exercises give you a little insight into Pilates …


Please contact me for any further information or to book your trial session whether
£8 for the trial session

Or

A group class – Only £42 per 6 week course – Harbury or Ufton

Or an hour personal session at my Southam Studio

– whether 1:1 (£35) or 1:2 (£60)

 

Diane Clark

Pilates with Diane

Tel: 07809 621142

Email: diane66pilates@gmail.com

Twitter: @Pilates_Diane

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PilateswithDiane66

 

The 7.1 Key Steps to Building Your Authority OnlineStep 3 – Identify Your Ideal Market

Article by Sam Thiara 11.05.16

How many times have you thought … “I know I could have helped them” only to find that someone else is working with ‘your perfect client’.

Lost opportunity?

It goes without saying that opportunity is all around us and whether your future clients are nearby or on the other side of the world we often dream about the bountiful paradise of clients lining up to do business with us.

The sad fact is it’s not true for everyone.

One of the most underutilised activities in the customer acquisition process is research but you have to quit thinking only about the ‘sexy’ part of bringing on a new client. The often unseen aspects for sustainable success are research, research and more research!

Spending your time evaluating prospects using tools such as a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is a great place to start.  
This is where you begin to build a customer DNA, the path to sustainable growth in your career or business.


At this stage, and if you have followed my previous blogs; you will have crafted your vision, mission and unique value that lie at the heart of your business and where your passion is centered.

You intimately know your unique value, that gift you possess that can change people’s lives, build greater success for you, your business and bring rewards of greater prosperity, be it spiritual, personal or financial.

So many tools exist to help the process in identifying your perfect client or ‘avatar’ as we often call in the world of digital marketing. The honest truth is most professionals still do not use the tools effectively.

Spending time undertaking desktop research into who, where and why someone would want to work with you, and only you, is a skill in itself and the one activity that will deliver the sort of business results that only a few can imagine.

We are in a time that has never before bought us an incredible opportunity to use free to low cost customer research and acquisition tools and all too often remain overlooked.

Master the art of using social media, chamber data, forums, online communities, market reports etc. to review profiles of those who you believe could benefit from your products and services. When in a face to face environment get to know people, learn about their business and avoid thinking about the sale.

After all we are in a world where social selling is the new way of doing business and out goes the antiquated methods of the hard sell.

Make it personal; find out about their goals, aspirations, what has and has not worked for them, what they read or watch, their preferred hobbies, what success means for them and equally what failure means to them. The deeper you go the more you can help.

This is an excellent time to decide whether you are in fact the right person with the right product or service to help a prospective client. If not then ask yourself a hard question – “if I work with this person will my product or service deliver results for them “. If not then move on otherwise you could be entering ‘lose-lose’ territory and that’s never good for your long term success.

Look out for my next blog


Sam Thiara,

International Sales Manager, Internet Marketer & Trainer

My Journey..

Article by Helen Chidgey 09.05.16


Back in 2012 I received the news that no one wants to hear, that tore my world apart, when I was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour.  Luckily for me treatable, albeit with major surgery but leaving me with little choice but to step away from my previous role as a Training Officer at Coventry City Council..

My recovery was slow but thankfully straight forward in the scheme of things I was incredibly lucky!  No chemo or radiotherapy to endure but many long months of agonising pain and an overwhelming sense of doubt in myself and my body.  How could I return to a ‘normal’ and fulfilling life but when the time came working for myself made so much sense, I could work when I wanted to, where I wanted to and, best of all fit around the needs of family life!

After dabbling for a short time with a major established company selling makeup and gifts door to door; finding Tropic was a breath of fresh air!  At last something I could be passionate about, products that I could rely on to contain no nasty chemicals that have the potential to cause so much damage to our bodies, just pure natural ingredients to boost my health and vitality.  When I look in the mirror I know they are making a difference to how I look and certainly in how I feel. Sharing this feeling with others is a joy!  I feel empowered to make a difference in others’ lives which is something that has always been of great importance for me in whatever role I’ve been in. I’m now also in a position to be able to help others share this amazing feeling too as I build a team of like-minded people all sharing the same passion.

This new chapter hasn’t been without plenty of challenges but then that is what makes it a positive experience!  I love learning new ways to achieve my goals. This fresh, exciting, journey has allowed me to make so many good friends along the way and I think I’ve found my true path in life!

The future is looking good – I love what I do and with Susan Ma’s innovative products I have absolute faith in a bright future that I wouldn’t swap for anything!

Helen Chidgey

www.tropicskincare.co.uk/shop/helenchidgey

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Twitter: @tropicstratford

Is Confidence Overrated?

Article by Marie Haycocks 20.04.16

 
I was 21 years old, a few months into my first ‘proper’ job after graduating from University, and this was what my boss said to me at the end of my three-month probation period….

“The thing that is holding you back Marie is your confidence, and the only person who can give you that is yourself”.

I remember thinking ‘Oh no, is it that obvious?’. But I didn’t really know how best to respond or even know what to do about that feedback. I certainly didn’t know how to give myself confidence or recognise the impact that not having confidence would have on my life.

From then I just ‘got on with it’, burying how I felt inside. Other than the occasional periods of blushing I thought I hid it pretty well.

A bit of history

For as long as I remember I lacked self-confidence. Growing up, I moved schools a few times (6 times in 18 years!) following my dad’s promotions at work. Whenever we moved house in an attempt to settle in quickly and be liked, I learned to demonstrate confidence externally – making eye contact, approaching and talking to other students.

Despite my external confidence, it didn’t stop me having ‘imposter’ syndrome i.e. always comparing myself to others and doubting myself. This got worse as I progressed through University and my career. On the inside I was very self-conscious, lacking confidence in myself and my own capabilities.

It wasn’t until I was 39 years old that things changed. I was made redundant after 18 years in the same company, and assigned a coach to help my transition back into the workplace. It was with the help of my careers coach that I finally found my inner confidence! The process didn’t happen overnight and she didn’t explicitly say to me that what she was doing, however, it did transform my confidence levels and me… for the better, and I am eternally grateful for that.

So, why does confidence matter?

Research has proven that people with high self-confidence and self-esteem are happier and more successful. Certainly in my case, I know that it was lack of confidence that contributed to me:

  • Making the wrong decisions about relationships
  • Staying in a career that I was unhappy with …for 18years!!
  • Not realising that I was capable of achieving more.

I also hid it from others, thinking that I was the only person who felt like that. This is what stopped me from seeking support. It felt quite lonely at times.

It wasn’t until many years later that I fully understood, accepted and valued myself – my strengths, preferences and values – and that I felt truly confident in myself.

So, with my real life experience and further research on the topic of confidence, I would like to share my top tips on how to increase your confidence to enable you to have the success and happiness that you deserve.

How to find your inner confidence

I agree that there is an element of ‘fake it until you make it’ when it comes to confidence, but based on my experience the danger to this approach is that it can lead to you to feeling quite empty inside. Therefore, my top tips for finding your inner confidence are:

1.Learn to understand and love yourself – 

Acknowledge and appreciate your key achievements in your life. Notice what qualities and skills you demonstrated at that time. We often put things down to fate, but these successes don’t happen by accident! You had a role to play that led to a successful outcome. Take time out to reflect on, and accept, all of your achievements and unique qualities.

2. Find and trust your inner compass –

Our values are the things that are important to us. I believe that your values act like your inner compass when making decisions. Ask yourself the following questions, using examples from both your career and personal life;

When have I been happiest? What were you doing? Were you with other people? Who? What other factors contributed to your happiness?
When have I felt most proud?
When have I felt most fulfilled and satisfied?

Then determine your top values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, and fulfilment.

3. Take control –

It is easy to be a victim and think that we are being ‘done to’, however there are many things we are in control of. We can control how we think (what we say to ourselves) and how we behave/act. Write a list of the things that you can take control of and action them NOW! This sense of empowerment and progress will then help boost your confidence.

4. Step out of your comfort zone –

If we stay in our comfort zone we might feel safe, comfortable, calm however this can become the zone of stagnation and negatively impact our confidence. By doing things out of your comfort zone, you will build your list of achievements and this will increase your confidence. Seek support if required.

5. Ask for feedback –

Ask people close to you for feedback about your qualities and strengths. Hear what they are saying. Accept these compliments with gratitude. This will help you on your journey of recognising and appreciating your own strengths and qualities and boost your levels of self-belief.

6. Manage your mindset –

Neuroscience has proven that our thoughts drive our feelings which in turn drive our behaviour. Therefore, if we repeatedly say negative things to ourselves, and effectively beat ourselves up, this will knock our confidence. Start recognising what your inner dialogue is saying. Write it down. Consider ‘how is it helping me’? Then decide to change your inner voice. Talk to yourself like you would a friend. Be kind. Be gentle.

7. Focus on the right things –

You might have heard of the expression ‘You get more of what you focus on’. Instead of dwelling on the bad, fill your mind and time up by setting yourself some positive, exciting goals. By focussing on your goals and dreams, and taking action, it will release positive endorphins helping you feel more positive about yourself. Click here http://www.certanovo.com/articles/make-2016-your-best-year-yet/ for my latest article on goal setting.

8. Embrace your body image –

It sounds cliche but it’s true that if we look good we feel good. It easy to focus on the things we don’t like about our body. Instead, take action to improve your body with exercise and nutrition or embrace what you have. Learning how to dress to suit your body shape will help you look your best and feel more confident about yourself. 

9. Utilise your strengths –

Once you understand your qualities establish which ones that make you feel strong and good about yourself i.e. you strengths (Tip #1), then find or create a job where you can use them as much as possible! For example, I am reasonably good at maths (I got a ‘B’ grade at A level) and quite analytical, however when I put these into play they don’t make me feel strong, instead, they make me feel weak. But when I am utilising my people skills I feel strong and confident.

10. Power pose!! – 

This is my favourite tip. Research in America has proven that if we practice more open body language this has the effect of increasing the level of testosterone and reducing the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in our bodies. Additionally, research has proven that more confident people also have higher testosterone and lower cortisol. So start power posing NOW and notice the effect on your confidence! To see Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on this click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

  
Why I do what I do

Self-confidence does have a big impact on our success and happiness, and I don’t want anyone, especially teenage girls, to spend their life beating themselves up, comparing themselves to others and feeling like they are not good enough, like I did.

I would like every female to reach their full potential and be confident within themselves. This is why I retrained to be a coach, to give my clients the support, empowerment and accountability to find and keep their inner confidence.

If you would like to know more about my Confidence & Clarity coaching programmes for individuals, professionals or young people and have a free initial discovery session then please contact me on 07554883026 or mariehaycocks@certanovo.com. I would love to help you.

Three Positive Benefits of Getting Outdoors

Article by Daniel Browne 06.04.16

April has arrived, which means we’re now well into spring and the weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about going outdoors more and exploring the world.

I’m a pretty outdoorsy type. I love long dog walks, exploring the countryside and being with nature. Maybe you are two. Or perhaps you’re not. Either way, there are huge benefits to spending time outdoors and here are my top three.

1. Being outdoors provides you with time to disconnect from life. Getting outside to do some kind of activity or even just to relax gives you time to switch off mentally. This in turn can help to reduce feelings of stress or anxiety. Being outdoors is good for a healthy mind.

2. Getting outdoors helps your creative side. Research has shown that being outdoors, even for something simple like a walk, can help to get your creative juices flowing. So if you’re struggling for new ideas or wondering how to solve a problem, put your shoes on and go for a walk. Being outside surrounded by nature is inspiring.

3. You’ll get a top up of Vitamin D. That big yellow ball in the sky is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin D. Getting a top up of it will help maintain the health of your bones, and being out in the sunshine is simply nice anyway. Just remember to use sun cream.

  
Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist and wellbeing expert with practices in Warwick and Evesham. Please visit http://www.daniel-browne.co.uk to discover more about his work.

The 4 P’s for a perfect presentation. 

Article by Ernie Boxall 04.04.16


“People won’t remember what you say as much as remember what they see when you say it…”

 

I am always impressed by the workshop and seminar leaders I have seen give four or five hours of great content without any apparent notes.

 I am sure those people recognise that there are tips that can be passed on.

So, who is this facilitation for? The people who have a skill or a craft which will make an impact on people’s lives and lift them out of the rat race. People who rise at 5.30 am- 6 am, groom, scrape the ice off a car window and drive to a networking meeting. It’s fir people who happily stand at the coffee table for 15-20 minutes and talk to strangers about their business. Until they hear those fateful words:

It’s time for 60 Second Presentations…who will go first?

How many of us have suddenly looked away?

How many of us have checked watches, our phones, anything but not make eye contact?

 At least once a week we have the opportunity to inform the rest of the group, the rest of our sales team on the sector of business we want to identify, ask the right questions to get us an introduction to speak to a new client. It’s our opportunity but we all have to do the work.

Now as a newcomer to networking you can use the formula:

Who you are: Where you are: What you do and who you want to work with?

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness, we work in Leamington, Kenilworth and Coventry providing wellbeing with On Site massage. Today I want to connect with companies where computers are being used all day. I’m looking to work with (Be specific.)

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness. Together we can stop work killing you…

People now know who I am, where I am, what I do and who they might know to talk to.

Alternatively, if you have been at the group for some months you need to make more of an impact…

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness, when you look around your office do you know there is a thief in there stealing your wages. The thief is pressure and it may be sitting on the shoulders of the person next to you or yours. Working together we can defeat the thief and improve profit and productivity. Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness. I’m looking to work with companies using computers all day so that, with twenty minutes on site head, neck and shoulder massage we can improve profit and productivity.

Ernie Boxall of Balance Health and Fitness…

So there you have two 60 Second Presentations from the same company, each with its own strength and impact.

Your 60 Second Presentation is your verbal Business Card… it says so much more about you than an ordinary business card… and in my case where I actually make physical contact with my clients…it is a vital part of my networking.

Would it be OK to ask how many of you write out your 60 Second Presentations, even your 30 minute seminars? You see this is the first ‘P’ in my “4 P’s of Perfect Presentations”

1. Preparation: Write it out: Edit it: Re-write it and then move on to the second, and probably most important ‘P’

2. Practice: Practice it line by line until you remember it: Record it on audio or video: Use only bullet points to remind you and then spend a few hours making sure you know it by heart and also where to put the emphasis on lines and strap lines.

How many of you practice your 60 Second Presentations until it is word perfect? I write it out…speak into an audio recorder, bullet point the speech and then practice it assiduously.

In my workbook The 4 P’s of Perfect Presentations I will go into more detail.

3. Posture: This begins way before you get to the meeting. It is in the washroom. It is our grooming, the clothes we wear, the make up for women and the after shave for men perhaps. Whether we comb our hair or not. It is in the walk to the podium…do you walk confidently to the roster? Do you wait until everyone is ready to listen to your presentation? Do you project your voice to the back of the room?

OR

Have you decided the group know what you do anyway so you don’t have to make an effort this time? Do you walk to the roster already giving your name and company with your back to people? Do you arrive at the roster and stick your hands in your pockets or stand with them clasped.

How many times have you seen these mistakes made?

How many times have you seen a business owner looking less than professional and thought “Yes that’s a business I want to be associated with?”

How many times has a speaker put their hands in their pockets and deliver a powerful speech?

Finally we have…

4. Presentation. The 4th ‘P’ and in itself this is the culmination of the 3 P’s above it. You have written the presentation… you have practiced it… and walked confidently to the podium… It is the delivery which makes the difference. Let’s face it what can a great presentation bring you, apart from more business…well it can get you a keynote speaking spot for a start. But also Leads, Referrals and Testimonials…because your presentation becomes

MEMORABLE.

 

But let’s look once more at the pitfalls:

1. “Due to the large number of members who have turned up, you only have 45 seconds.” You would have thought many people would say “Good”

But because they have only written the 60 second presentation down and not practiced it, they have not catered for 45 seconds and go past the red card…Unprofessional

OR They speed up to try and get 20 seconds information into 10 seconds and flood the audience…Unprofessional

 

2. You stand up and like a rabbit in the headlines you fix on the front row and speak to them only. Immediately the 25% of the audience behind you will switch off and 90% of the audience will not hear you…Wasted opportunity

 

3. Because the speech hasn’t been practiced each sentence begins with a verbal crutch… Err, Um. So…

I have seen and heard something like the following:

“I’m ‘Ernie Boxall’ of err Balance Business. I am a business mentor and err work in umm Warwick.” ERR I’m sorry you’ve lost me. I will not be calling on your services.

4. Command the stage… whether you stand still or Stride the boards…For main points of my presentations I will stand still but make eye contact all the time…with conversation points I walk the floor and connect more closely with the audience.

So having written out that 60 Second Presentation how many people have you seen remember it? How many people have you seen simply read what they have written off a piece of paper or off their phone? How many great presentations have you seen delivered in a monotone; delivered with hands in pockets; delivered with the speaker’s back to you?

How many of you are prepared to put the work in and become a memorable presenter. Done badly standing alone is a very lonely place. Done well, with the applause of business owners in front of you it is up there with the best feelings. Done very well and for £5k, £10k, £50K a speech it is life changing.

Are there any other ‘P’ you would add for “Perfect Presentations.” Add your comments to the site. I am just curious to see how many business owners feel that a One to One with me would encourage them to take those extra steps to become MEMORABLE.

Contact ernie_boxall@yahoo.co.uk

07962 216833