Thursday, February 23, 2012

Helping out the business bitch and the power of the pause

I made it into the Agony Aunt pages of SmartCompany, helping out with some um, err tips. Umming and erring happens to the best of us. Addressing the ums/errs is a key part of the media training work I do. Becoming aware of this habit is a start. From there, I like to slow down speaking, stop rushing and work to eliminate the errs and ums. They occur when someone is trying to work out what to say next. The umm/err punctuates that thinking time but doesn't serve any purpose. I offer a simple alternative. Take a breath, pause and think of what you need to say, then say it WITHOUT the um/err. I do fun Q & A exercises where the goal is not to say um/er. You'd be surprised how quickly you can break the habit. Embrace the power of the pause, President Obama is the pin up for this. Check out his pausing techniques.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ah, that's better

Here's a preview of a work in progress for a leading consultant and coach Sean Spence who works with CEOs and executive teams in a range of blue-chip companies. This project involved rebranding, website concept, competitor analysis, copywriting and designer liaison with Philip Campbell Design. It's almost finished but I can never resist a BEFORE & AFTER.

Before: Stuck in the 1990s!

After: Now that's better.