Business Communication Tips: Find Your Mindset

Forget tips or tricks. The most important shift to become a better communicator is in the way you think about communication.  For example: imagine that a team sets out to pitch a solution for a vexing business problem to their boss. They construct a solid presentation, succinctly outlining their idea and why it is the […]

Healthy Meetings for a Healthier Business

How often do you sit in meetings and think to yourself “wow… this is a colossal waste of time“? My guess is your answer is some version of “far too often.” The next time you are feeling that way, do some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations. Make an estimate of what you get paid by the hour. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No PowerPoint, No Problem

I’ve learned from years of teaching workshops that nearly everyone starts their preparation for a presentation by planning a slide deck, whether that means opening up a new Microsoft PowerPoint, repurposing an old one or two (which often results in a Frankenstein-like creation of mismatched fonts, colors, header placement and even slide numbers) or adapting a colleague’s […]

How to Boost Your Communication Value

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council, November 2019. Have you ever gone into a presentation or a sales meeting convinced that you were about to deliver a slam dunk, only to come out feeling like you threw brick after brick? Have you ever introduced a new initiative to your team with great confidence that it will be […]