PRESENTATION SKILLS COST NORTH WEST BUSINESSES £ MILLIONS!!!!
AS candidates on the BBC’s hit TV show Dragon’s Den often
find out, it’s not what they are selling but how they sell it that
can make or break their business dreams.
However, with 42% of business people fearing public speaking more
than death, according to research by Harvard Business School, it’s a
challenge being faced by more and more businesses and could be
costing North West businesses millions!
According to Business Link Northwest, the government’s business
support and information service for the region, the need for more
confident presentation skills holds back the growth of many North
"Our Brokers are out working with businesses every day helping them
to plan growth and one common factor that comes up time and again is
the fear factor of presenting,
This is not just about being able to stand up in front of a room
full of people, but about being confident with potential customers,
staff and suppliers as well. We regularly see real examples where it
has affected major parts of a business’ growth, whether it is
winning new customers, convincing the bank to finance expansion or
attracting potential new recruits.” comments Peter Watson,
Managing Director of Business Link Northwest.
The solution it seems is simply facing those demons with preparation
Peter Watson concluded:- “If you want your business to grow,
then being able to confidently communicate with a range of audiences
is going to form part of your strategy. For many businesses it will
fortunately never involve subjecting themselves to an experience
such as Dragon’s Den! Instead it will mean spending time on
developing this skill that may not come naturally but that brings
with it many benefits.”
Business Link Northwest has a range of information on improving
presentation skills on its award-winning
website as well as
advice on how to effectively implement business growth.
PORT TASTE ITALIAN
FLAVOUR WITH NEW SPONSOR “BAR MIO”
SOUTHPORT FC have an exciting new
sponsor on board from tomorrow and it is a 1st for the club. Bar
Mio, Italian for My Bar, will be the logo on the shorts of the Port
players as they run out aiming to go top of the Blue Square North.
Dolce Vita's renowned
restaurant owner Mario Cardillo is opening up the new wine bar on
Station Road Ainsdale next week and it will be launched with Peter
Davenport and his Port players as special guests.
Supporters will have noted the Italian flavour in the local press
recently as legend Guiseppe Signori was a special guest at the club
last week as the ex Italian international striker prepared for the
PFA centenary match last weekend.
Chief Executive Haydn Preece said:-
"I am delighted we have Bar Mio on our shorts to publicise
Mario's new business venture. Bar Mio will be a real winner in
Ainsdale and we need to be the same in Blue Square North. This is a
wonderful first for the club."
Children’s services are ‘good’
LIVERPOOL City Council’s work to
improve the education, health and well-being of young people has
been rated as "good" in a new independent report.
The annual performance assessment by OFSTED has given Liverpool’s
children's services a score of "3" out of a possible
says the service is making "a significant contribution" to
improving the achievement and well being of children and young
people and consistently delivering above minimum requirements.
The report praises the work to improve the health of children,
highlighting the city’s "clear and challenging" childhood
obesity action plan. A number of council schemes, including the
Healthy Schools programme and Health Mates initiative are praised
for the impact they are having on young people. The service is
also praised for improving educational attainment at a faster pace
than nationally - in particular at GCSE level, where the number of
youngsters getting 5 A*-C grades increased from 50% in 2005 to 55%
in 2006. The very latest figures - for the 2007 GCSEs - show
Liverpool has rocketed even further, with 61% of pupils achieving
GCSE A*-C - just 2% behind the national average. OFSTED also
highlights the "intensive challenge and support" by the
council which is resulting in standards continuing to "rise
steadily at Key Stage 2 and faster at Key Stage 3 and 4".
Councillor Paul Clein, executive member for children's services,
said:- "We continue to make good progress in the services we
provide for children and young people, and this positive report from
Ofsted is testament to the excellent work that has been going on
over the past 12 months.
deserve congratulations for their work to give children and young
people a better education and a better chance in life, and this
national endorsement is well deserved. Best of all, the rate
of improvement - in a number of challenging areas - over the past
year means we can be very optimistic for the future.”
The report praises the "stable social care workforce" which
is improving rates of early intervention for children at risk at a
higher rate than for similar authorities across the UK.
Also highlighted is
the council’s work to raise aspirations, with a recent survey
showing a higher proportion of young people in Liverpool want to
study and go onto university compared to the average nationally.
The commitment to listening to young people’s views to help shape
the service is also commended, including consultation around
bullying and the Children and Young People’s Plan.
And the service is praised for successfully engaging young people in
the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations, with "a well-planned
programme of study support, sporting, cultural and youth arts
programmes provided throughout the city".
Stuart Smith, executive director of children's services, said:-
"I’m very pleased with this report, which demonstrates the
progress being made in children’s services. We are committed
to giving children in Liverpool the best possible start in life, and
providing them with all the support they need to fulfill their
potential as happy, healthy individuals, able to make a positive
contribution to their city.
great steps in recent years, but there is much still to achieve. We
want to continue to improve at the same pace, and provide all our
children and young people with absolutely first class services
across the board.”
The report adds that children’s services in Liverpool have strong
prospects for improvement, with ‘"effective senior leadership’
and ‘strong partnership working, particularly with the voluntary
sector’ giving the service ‘good capacity to improve its
services for children and young people".