Archive for November, 2011

Coach Speak

by Arlene.

All groups have a language of their own and coaching is no exception. Not infrequently new coaches are faced with talking to mentors and ICFA members who use syntax and words differently from everyday life. This description of key terms is not exclusive however may help you in the beginning. Welcome Pack This can either be a contact letter or a pack of information on how you expect the coaching relationship to proceed. Questionnaires, goal setting material or thought provoking information may be part of this. May contain tips and hints on what the client can expect from the coach […]

5 Top tips to keep your audience awake!

by Arlene.

Tip 1 Find out something about at least 3 people in the audience that is related to your topic. Bring these points out when the group seems to be flagging. Encourage them to expand on the point, be prepared to step in if they are embarrassed, you want the audience to remain on your side. Tip 2 Move around, don’t stand behind something unless you are making a point that requires you to stand left centre stage and command the group. Movement, except when it is jerky or irritating, makes the audience focus and refocus on you rather like how […]

A to Z of presenting in public

by Arlene.

A Audience. Try and find out as much about your expected audience as you can. If you are using examples make them relevant to the group, avoid jargon, keep the talk at a level that will be effective for the majority of the audience. B Breathing is a vital part of the presentation skills – practice sighing, ughing, eeing, aaing and diaphragmatic breathing. It keeps the squeaks out and the projection in. A voice coach can help to develop this lifelong skill. All the strange new noises may cause others in your family to laugh, which stops you taking yourself […]

Be engaging with your audience

by Arlene.

Regardless of size involve your audience. Your material will be more memorable and you will probably be asked back. Tell a story. People remember stories; they add impact, set the scene, tune the audience in to the tone of your work and are fun to do. Your story will be relevant to the topic, personal to something you or someone you know well has done. One way is to make a point, and link that to what the audience needs, by telling a story. When I speak on enhancing leadership skills I make a point that leaders are expected to […]

Going with the energy

by Arlene.

I have been recently aware of a change in my posture as an online positive change agent. I haven’t always been aware that I could make a difference with everyone I coached or worked with over the last 30 odd years. It has taken the growth of online internet developments to show me the power of asking for referrals and gaining recommendations. I have been blown away by the quality of the recommendations that have arrived in my Linkedin Mailbox for example. “Arlene consistently comes up with ideas and solutions which are not even on my radar. She has an […]

Tend to your patch of garden

by Arlene.

I recognised that if my garden was ever to be a place that I wished to stroll around showing others the magnificent roses, then I first had to be happy with how it looked! Being a believer in the value of goal setting I decided this weekend to commit to 1-1.5 hours a day clearing up the leaves and weeds and becoming proud of my little piece of magic. Truth be known ‘little’ is probably not quite accurate as the area is around 300 square metres of overgrown garden, including my Turpentine Tree – the major cause of all the […]