22 questions to analyse your team effectiveness

What are the REAL keys to effective team work? Answer these 22 questions to find out and see where your team can improve.   High-performance teams need leadership, mutual responsibility, compatibility of competence, sharing of work and an agreed approach to achieving a common objective. Some teams create charters about how we should achieve these […]

10 tips for effective SWOT analysis

10 simple ideas to help you make the most out of a SWOT exercise. This blog post goes hand-in-hand with my other blog-post that contains my favourite SWOT questions.   Doing a good SWOT is about more than just asking the questions…  (a new post on THAT topic will follow soon). Follow these 10 tips […]

Why I see Citroen Xsara Picassos everywhere and why you should care

When I worked for Logica, I drove a Renault Espace. Every morning, I would drive down the E411 between 6.45am and 7.30am. My eyes would pass by  thousands of cars during this time, either overtaking or just seeing them around me, or coming in the other direction. How many did I actually “see”? Not many. […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (5): Content

There are lots of different types of presentation content and its important to treat it all well. Focus on the minimum effective dose. This post explains how. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Develop content in order to deliver the minimum effective dose Now it […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (4): Structure

Your presentation structure will help keep attention, creating better understanding and recall of your message. This post outlines the fundaments of good presentation structure. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Build a structure that supports the message and is easy to follow It is important […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (3): Define your message

A well defined message is the heart of a good presentation. This post outlines how to formulate a good presentation message. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Create a strong message: Link your objective to the audience and create a message with impact that the […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps: Overview

Trainees sometimes ask me: “What is the most efficient way to make a presentation?” Follow these 5 steps and you will know the answer… Objective, Audience, Message, Structure, Content ! Clarify your objective to be sure what you want to achieve Define the audience to be sure you will say the right things in the […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (2): Know your audience

To make a good presentation, you need to define the audience well. This post outlines what you need to know about the audience and offers some questions to ask to analyse them well. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Define the audience: Who am I […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (1): Objective setting

When you make a presentation, it is important to first clarify your objective. This post outlines different types of presentation objectives and give ideas on how to identify them.. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Clarify your objective: Begin with the end in mind to […]