Bio: Brian Lomas is a business consultant and trainer based on the south coast of England. He is a visiting lecturer at the Southampton University School of Management and has written the Easy Step by Step Guide, Stress and Time Management, also published by Rowmark.
His first experience of public speaking was as a 5-year old sitting on his father’s knee and talking into a megaphone. What did he say? Four words: ‘Vote for my daddy.’
Although his dad didn’t get elected to the House of Commons on that occasion, neither Lomas gave up their public speaking. Lomas the Elder did become a Member of Parliament and Brian watched, listened, practiced and learnt during a business career on both sides of the Atlantic.
And has he learnt? Well, his dad thought so and he didn’t offer praise easily. On his parents golden wedding anniversary (when Brian was somewhat older than five), his dad took him to one side after he had made his speech and said: ‘Well, Brian, how did I do?’
During his career, Brian has presented to audiences in excess of a thousand, faced the friendly (and the not-so-friendly), been asked the questions he wanted and the questions he didn’t want. And when asked: ‘Are you nervous when presenting?’, Brian answered, ‘Absolutely! In fact, the more laid-back I might feel, the more dangerous it is. Nerves make for a good presentation – the trick is to appear and speak confidently. And that trick – along with many others – is what this book is all about.’
Making a presentation strikes fear into many hearts. It ranks alongside going to the dentist or being put into a cage with a hungry lion or two. Wherever it sits on the fear scale for you this guide is designed to get you through it, if not to the point of actually enjoying it. It is for anyone who needs to give presentations, or who wishes to undertake public speaking in their personal or professional life. It will show you: How to research, prepare and structure a presentation. How to use scri... more info>>
This book contains lots of tips and hints which you can absorb easily into your existing work (and home) patterns to help your time management and ease your stress level. It explains how you might be contributing to your ownstress level--and what you can do about it; how you can influence others to take on some of the workload coming your way--and, even better, how you can pass on some of your work to others; how to recognise and then reduce the amount of time you 'waste'; how to prioritise--wha... more info>>
This easy step by step guide will show you: how to make meetings more effective; how to get meetings off to the right start; how to get difficult messages across * how to encourage participation; how to manage conflict in meetings; how to set agendas and keep the meeting focused; whether or not to call a meeting and the alternatives to meetings....