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Welcome to our third newsletter of the year. We been began the year on a high with many new and exciting clients and we've got a lot more lined up in April and May. Please look out for our open seminar in April and our joint conference in Project Management Training with Vinsys of India.

Br, Derek Bbanga

Giving a Talk – ask yourself these Questions

Most of us have to give a talk or make a speech at some time in our lives. It may be to a handful of colleagues or an audience of hundreds. The ability to put your point across in an interesting and informative way is essential. In today’s competitive business world those who can communicate with authority and confidence have a great advantage over their peers. Today, making presentations is a part of most people's working lives, and it is vitally important to do them well, as good communicators are the ones who make it to the top. Thorough preparation is the key to confidence, which in turn is the key to success. In order to be able to prepare there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself before you accept the invitation to speak.

WHY? - You will usually be asked to speak either because you are a good narrator or are the expert in a certain field. The latter should give you a degree of confidence because you already know your subject and the information is there in your head.

WHO? - Who are you talking to? Every speech, talk or presentation should be written with the audience in mind. What do they want or need to hear? It sounds an obvious point to make, but it's surprising how many people stand up and say what they want to say, not what the audience need to hear!

WHERE? - The venue is important. Where it is it and how long will it take to get there? How big is the room? If it is a large room with no microphone will there be a need to arrange for a sound system. If you are taking a lap top, is there a projector? Is there a flip chart or an overhead projector?

HOW MANY? - What size is the audience and what sort of age are they? What are their job categories or positions? Is it a mixed audience and if so, in what proportions?

HOW LONG? - Do not be cajoled into speaking for any longer than your information will allow. It is always better to speak for a shorter time rather than over run.

Top Networking tips

  • Smile as you walk into the room! - Remember we make up 90% of our minds about people in 10 seconds
  • Don’t try to enter a ‘closed’ group. Read body language. Don’t interrupt people mid conversation
  • Engage bystanders and those on their own
  • Introduce people to each other – play business cupid
  • Don’t get stuck with one person or group too long
  • Make polite excuses and mix with as many people as you can
  • Take plenty of business cards
  • Don’t try and do too much business on the night
  • Arrange meetings to discuss further business matters
  • Be focused about what you want to achieve and this shouldn’t be about eating and drinking as much as you can

Diana Mather CEO and founder Public Image UK and myself were recently interviewed on NTV’s  PM Live. See the full interview here

Here are some more pictures from last months Brand Me conference

 

This month we wrapped up working with British American. We then worked with the management staff at the Village Market.  We also trained the management team at the tyre company Treadsetters

Upcoming Seminars and Trainings

Public Image Branding Seminar
Where: Palacina Hotel
When: April 15th and 16th.
For details on attending Click here or call 020-8044078 / 0711300320 / 0734633393

Vinsys of India, Brand Magnets of Kenya and Public Image present the
Project Management Conference for PMP (Project Management Professional)

4 day seminar for the most acclaimed international Project Management Certification which recognises a demonstrated understanding of knowledge and skill to lead and direct project teams to deliver results to effectively contribute to project teams success.

Who should attend: Project Managers, Project Leads, Sr Engineers, Works Managers, Quality Managers, Risk Managers, Senior Executives
Where:Nairobi Club
When: April 18th – 21st
For details on attending Click here or call 020-8044078 / 0711300320 / 0734633393

Fall down seven times, get up eight (please put this in bold)

This Japanese proverb reflects an important and shared ideal: "Nana korobi ya oki" (literally: seven falls, eight getting up) means fall down seven times and get up eight. This speaks to the Japanese concept of resilience. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again.

 

About Public Image

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Public Image has a unique approach to building individual and corporate achievement. Business etiquette, creating a positive image though posture and dress, soft skills, communication proficiency, personal branding and networking expertise are key elements in the Public Image approach to developing professional skills.

Projecting a positive image for business will give you an edge in today's competitive market

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Building Confidence

Most of us have to give a talk or make a speech at some time in our lives. It may be to a handful of colleagues or an audience of hundreds. The ability to put your point across in an interesting and informative way is essential. In today’s competitive business world those who can communicate with authority and confidence have a great advantage over their peers. Today, making presentations is a part of most people's working lives, and it is vitally important to do them well, as good communicators are the ones who make it to the top. Thorough preparation is the key to confidence, which in turn is the key to success. In order to be able to prepare there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself before you accept the invitation to speak.

Confidence is something we all lack at some time in our lives. Even the most assured looking people are probably quaking in their shoes at the thought of giving a massive presentation or facing an important interview. People often say to me ‘you never seem to be nervous’ but that is not true. We all feel unsure of ourselves and our ability at some point. I always think of a phrase one of my partners in Public Image uses when advising on nerves. ‘People would worry less about what others thought about them if they realised how seldom they do.’ We are all self-centred beings that focus most of our attention on ourselves most of the time. Having said that, self-confidence is vital if we are to succeed in our personal and work life. A presentation that fails miserably because your voice faltered and your eye line never left your notes can leave a lasting negative impression on both you and your audience. A boss who constantly checks everything you do undermines confidence. It is important to analyse why we feel the way we do, as there are different ways of boosting morale.

There are several steps to becoming confident.

  • Facing our fears
  • Gaining self knowledge
  • Positive thinking

If people aren’t confident they have a fear for a specific reason. It may be that they fear they may be laughed at. They may worry they will or look ridiculous, or be apprehensive that they are not as good as someone else at a specific task. Whatever your anxieties, facing up to them is vital. Ask yourself:

  • Have you always lacked confidence
  • When did you begin to lose it

Then examine the reasons why it is lacking and look for ways of re-gaining it. You can do this in different ways.

  • Visualisation
  • Positive thinking
  • Gaining self knowledge
  • Discarding negative thoughts
  • Improving weaknesses
  • Relaxation

Be positive! Try envisaging the best out of a situation. If you think you are going to fail you are much more likely to do so; if you anticipate a disaster, there probably will be one. Strive to make yourself look forward to the circumstances whatever they are, and visualise success beforehand. It might be naively optimistic in some situations, but a positive focus to your life is contagious.

Getting to know and acknowledge your weak points is also important. You may hate public speaking, but if it is part of your job, make sure you get help. There are many companies offering presentation training including Public Image. Badger your boss into sending you on a course; if you are self-employed, seek expert advice. Whatever you feel unsure about must be faced, and in some circumstances issues are better avoided. If something is very stressful and you know you are not going to be able to cope, don’t do it. Face to face confrontation might be anathema to you for example; in that case write a letter or a memo, so that you can say what you mean without feeling you are going to lose control of the situation. Give yourself the time and the environment to think clearly and put your point across. If you find that negotiating is a weak point, write down the outcome that you are looking for and stick to it. Have the confidence to follow your own judgement. Both positivity and negativity are communicable and pass from person to person.

Focus on your good points. You can help build confidence by making a list of your:

  • Strengths
  • Talents
  • Skills
  • Achievements

These achievements could be in any field, either personal or in the work place. I cannot stress heavily enough that everybody has abilities and accomplishments to be proud of. Think about yours and focus and concentrate on them.


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