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We’ve all sat through them - those presentations where the speaker just doesn’t connect with the audience, leaving you feeling detached from the experience, that your time has been wasted, and more than likely, frustrated as well.

Julie Kertesz, a member of Toastmasters International and winner of the Silver Comedy Best Newcomer 2012, offers seven top tips to ensure you build great rapport with your audiences – whatever the occasion.

Many business coaches suggest we tell everyone our business goals – it makes them more real and it forces accountability. But according to Jessica McGregor Johnson author of The Right T-Shirt this is not a good idea. In fact the exact opposite is true – don’t tell everyone your goals.

David Wallis, management consultant at Right Management Workplace Wellness, looks at the increasingly pressing problem of dealing with stress and anger issues at work.

Regardless of how hard a company works at developing a distinctive and valuable corporate culture, times of change will inevitably present a challenge. Expansion of any sort places stress on company values and the business world can all too easily place company culture at the bottom of the agenda when focussing on the short-term goals.

Richard Bosworth, who runs the What If? Forums for managing directors and owner-managers, explains why today's business leaders need to develop mental toughness and look after themselves, physically and mentally if they are to perform effectively and achieve that often elusive work-life balance.

This Christmas will be another feast of discounts and offers for the consumer. Customers expect them - so if you don't offer any then you're going to miss out on sales.

According to eCommerce expert and author of eCommerce Masterplan, Chloe Thomas, there are seven factors that will ensure your Christmas promotion is a winner.

Hilary Briggs of R2P, a profitable growth expert and author of Seven Ways to Ensure Your Business is a Success, offers some tips on improving the breadth and depth of your network.

It is amazing how much your employees really know. Not just those who report directly to you, but those on the frontline, as well as those on the shop floor. They work at the coalface every day and have the answers to just about any problem that arises in your business.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s decision not to compete in the UK again unless changes are made to tax legislation, have sparked fierce debate.

Mike Fleming of Straughans Chartered Accountants, looks at the athlete’s decision and the less-than-appealing legacy this leaves UK Sport.

Your presentation is ready – but is your voice?

You may not be performing at Wembley or on Broadway, but it’s still important to take care of the musical instrument we all have – our voice.

Through years of experience in amateur dramatics and Toastmasters International, Christina Hession has developed six top tips to prepare your voice for speaking, whether for a major work presentation, a keynote speech, or even a wedding address.

  • Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, started with little more than faith and determination, but four years later it’s grown into a global business. Ahead of her appearance at Accelerate 2015 in...

  • Author, writer and marketer Ryan Holiday on how entrepreneurs need to interpret failure.

  • Sue Vizard, business coach and author of Jump Start: The Start-up Book for Your Dream Business, looks at some of the questions solo entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

  • Ian Wright, founder and chief executive of, is bringing together SMEs and NEDs - without the hefty recruitment fees.

  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.