Client Case Study: Competitive Advantage Through Communication

The relationships we have with our clients and their organizations are our most precious assets… and the things we are most proud of. This week we hear from Scott Singer. Scott has been a longtime client and friend of The Latimer Group (Parent Company of LatimerNext), originally while at United Technologies, and subsequently as Head of […]

When Following is a Strength: 4 Keys To Adding Value to the Team

Leadership gets a lot of attention in the corporate world. Training and coaching often focuses on it, and no one wants to tell their boss, “I just want to be the best follower I can be.” “To get ahead, you must aspire to lead.” That’s the conventional wisdom we all hear. But the majority of the workforce […]

6 Simple Rules for Presenting Well

Presenting well—in a way that captures attention and helps your team achieve its business goals—can be hard. It can be especially hard for new or junior team members who are put on the spot. Fortunately, the keys to success are pretty simple: Choose outcomes beforehand — An intended outcome is the North Star guiding presenters through every […]

Improving Team Comms Skills? EASY does it.

At LatimerNext, we believe in breaking down good communication into specific skills that can be practiced and improved: clear messaging, effective visuals or slides, powerful presence and delivery, channeling an “executive voice.” But here’s the big picture. The reason your team needs to practice each of these skills and get better at them is very simple. It’s so that they […]

Your Communication Superpower: Empathy

In our hyper-saturated media environment, where we are conditioned to make snap judgements, empathy isn’t often invoked as a skill worth cultivating. But as you begin to make your way through meetings and presentations, empathy is one of the most important tools you can hone, both as a speaker and as an audience member.  After […]

Making A Professional Impression, Virtually

Hybrid or remote work is now an established reality for many, if not most, organizations. And for new professionals, working, meeting, and presenting online is not a new skill, since so much of life, from school to internships to personal gatherings, happened through screens during the pandemic. But making a strong professional impression in a […]

Lessons: Presentation Slide Templates Are a Tool, Not a Plan

Putting together a presentation, especially if you have not done so frequently before, can be intimidating. Templates, whether one you chose, or one dictated by your organization, can give you a quick place to start and the reassurance that you’ll have a consistent look and feel. And for many organizations, requiring specific templates can go […]

How Quickly Should You Get to the Point? It Depends!

My colleagues and I always talk about the importance of getting to the point quickly. So don’t worry… I am not about to contradict twenty years of Latimer teaching. But my colleagues and I also believe in the importance of audience and situational awareness, and that we should always try to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. We […]

The True Cost of Poor Communication

We all aspire to be better communicators. We all know that communicating well will help us accomplish our goals, impress our colleagues and our superiors and generate business. We all want to feel confident and project leadership. But while we see the benefits of good communication, we generally think about poor communication as a momentary setback. […]

5 Steps to Giving Your Message More Impact

Does your message stand out? Do you make it easy for your audience to remember what you say? Does your message make an impact on the mind of your listener? This matters! There is so much competition for the mindshare of every audience. There are so many things that come at each of us all day, every day. It is […]