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"Public Speaking & Pitching workshop"

event, hosted by Duncan Sutcliffe on Tuesday 23rd October

Duncan Sutcliffe delivered a presentation and workshop exercise on public speaking and pitching. The workshop was aimed at providing our members with personal/professional development.

For those of you who made it on the night, this is a recap of the elements Duncan discussed on the evening. For those of you who were unable to attend, hopefully this will be of some use to you.

Key Learns from the event

Networking meetings often involve the dreaded 60 second advertorial, where many people needlessly worry about what they are going to say – why needlessly? Because their 60 seconds is so badly presented and boring no one was listening anyway.
However, with a little bit of practice you can confidently stand up and give a stunning 60 seconds that gets you remembered for all the right reasons and generates genuine business leads.
In advance
  • Prepare your 60 seconds using the below template and have a number of different versions ready to use.
  • Practice, practice, practice and get colleagues to provide a critique.
  • Avoid jargon
On the day
  • Stand up and smile
  • Look your audience in the eyes
  • Pause to gain attention
  • Speak clearly, with pauses, and loud enough for everyone to hear, keep eye contact until the end
The 60 second template
  • Say hello, give your name & company name
  • Briefly explain what your business does in general, using easily understood terms.
  • Highlight something specific that will catch the attention of your audience and hopefully generate a warm enquiry.
  • Repeat your name & company name
  • Give a closing strapline (optional)
Hello, I am Jane Doe from Judge Solicitors. At Judge Solicitors we provide a full range of legal services to Businesses & individuals. Did you know that over half of couples under 40 do not have a will, which could leave their loved ones in turmoil if one or both of them died or fell seriously ill unexpectedly? I am looking to speak to couples, in particular those who have recently had children, who need a will or their will updating. I’m Jane Doe from Judge Solicitors, please don’t leave it too late.
Hi, I’m Sam Brown from Jobbs Recruitment, where we fill permeant & temporary positions across office, professional & managerial roles. Normally at this time of year I would talk business owners about providing seasonal support, however we have recently had a number of vacancies appear for recently qualified accountants so if you know a recently qualified or junior accountant who is looking for promotion and career progression send them to Sam Brown from Jobbs Recruitment, a match made in heaven.
Good morning, my name is Fred Bloggs and I work at 123 Accountants. 123 Accountants provide accountancy, audit, bookkeeping & payroll services to businesses & charities. I have recently helped a number of engineering firms with tax credits so would love introductions to engineering businesses, in particular is there anyone here who could put me in touch with the FD of Widgets Ltd as I think I have something that could specifically help them. Fred Bloggs from 123 Accountants, replacing tax with profit.

"Getting the most out of your time"

event, hosted by John Painter on Tuesday 27th February

    • Following our “Getting the most out of your time” event, hosted by John Painter on Tuesday 27th February , we thought it would be useful to send around a quick message highlighting some of the key learning points. For those of you who made it on the night, this is a recap of the elements John discussed on the evening. For those of you who were unable to attend, hopefully this will be of some use to you.

Key Learns from the event

There are 168 hours in a week. To understand how you are using your time, it is useful to consider how many hours a week you spend on various activities such as eating, sleeping, watching TV, working, etc. Once you understand how you actually spend your time, you can then work out how you want to spend your time and begin to make adjustments
This is all about using your time effectively and not just efficiently, by understanding which tasks are important to you, which need completing now, and which are distractions.
There are 4 main types of activity: Not Urgent, Not Important, Urgent and Important. Important activities have outcomes that help you achieve your goals (both professionally and personally). Urgent activities need immediate attention as the consequences of not dealing with them are also immediate. Important and Urgent activities are always our top priority, but they also cause stress; we actually work most effectively with Important and Not Urgent activities.
To manage Important and Urgent activities you need to consider planning ahead and no leaving tasks to the last minute. Effective diary management is also important as this leaves time available for unexpected Urgent activities. This should leave time to focus on Important but Not Urgent activities which help you achieve your own goals, avoiding the stress related to working under Urgent conditions.
Not Important but Urgent activities are one that stop you reaching your goals. You should consider if you can reschedule or delegate these. Sometimes you need to say “no” as you know you will not be able to give a task the attention it deserves. Not Important and Not Urgent activities tend to be a distraction and so should be avoided with a polite “no” wherever possible.
If you are having trouble deciding what to work on then you can use the “rock, pebbles and sand” analogy.
Imagine a jar. You have rocks, pebbles and sand, and your job is to make the jar full. The jar represents your life. The rocks are your most important projects (e.g. health, family, etc). These should go into the jar and, importantly, if the pebbles and sand were not added or lost, your jar would still be full. The pebbles are the things in your life that matter to you, but which you could live without (e.g. your house, job, hobbies, etc.). These things can come and go, but are not critical for a meaningful life. The sand represents the rest of the things in your life (e.g. possessions, running errands, etc.). These things are non-essential.
If you put the sand in the jar first, it will be full with no space for the pebbles or the rocks. Likewise if you fill up with pebbles, all you will be able to add in is sand. Therefore you need to concentrate on the rocks – the most important things in your life, first and foremost and manage your time around these. The key here is identifying what the rocks are in your life and then setting time aside for them, allowing you to then use the rest of your time on the pebbles, and ultimately the sand.