An MBA is great – but you’ll need soft skills to make an impact

Posted on: December 3, 2018 Soft skills

This article “An MBA is great – but you’ll need soft skills to make an impact” was published on the Association of MBAs (AMBA) web site on 23 November 2018. They don’t teach you about soft skills and relationships at Business School, but these are what could make the vital difference to career success, says Kim […]

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Making an impact, influence and persuasion

Posted on: August 13, 2018

Stephanie Hughes led an interactive session on “Making an impact, influence and persuasion” for an early evening event for Professional Marketing Forum http://www.pmforum.co.uk/ in London recently. Stepanie has been a concert pianist and a radio and television presenter. She is an experienced consultant and coach. Bring energy into the room Starting with an interesting exercise […]

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Presentation skills – Preparing the content and delivery

Posted on: May 19, 2017 Presentation skills Pitch presentations

Whether part of sales or pitching training or for standalone presentations for seminars and conferences I conduct many in-house training sessions on presentation skills. Yesterday, I delivered a training session on pitching for the PM Forum (http://www.pmforum.co.uk/training.aspx)  and there was a request for general presentation skills guidance during that course. So this post summarises the […]

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Getting what you want and how to say “No” – Assertiveness skills

Posted on: March 15, 2017 Assertiveness skills - Shepherds and sheep

In many of the courses I run for the Professional Marketing Forum http://www.pmforum.co.uk/training.aspx, the topic of assertiveness arises. Sometimes this relates to people needing the confidence to speak up and share ideas or to challenge requests. Often it relates to finding ways to decline or modify inappropriate requests – how to say “No” effectively. But […]

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Book review: The leader’s guide to negotiation by Simon Horton

Posted on: September 5, 2016 leader's guide to negotiation

I’ve read a lot of books on negotiation. And this 270-page “leader’s guide to negotiation – how to use soft skills to get hard results” by Simon Horton is up there with my favourites. It’s stuffed full of research and useful insights from psychology. It provides a plethora of helpful personal communication skills within the […]

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