Saturday, 16 July 2011

Check out our New Blog - Coworking UK
We're pleased to introduce to you our new Blog Co-working UK.  The Colleagues on Tap blog will continue to focus on Colleagues on Tap, the co-working days we hold, and exciting plans for licensing the programme so more people can benefit from Colleagues on Tap!

We've set up the Co-working UK blog because we believe that co-working is fundamental to the growth of home-based business.

Through Co-working UK we will be sharing knowledge and best practice in co-working to stimulate and support the development of co-working and co-working spaces across the UK.

Check out the blog and find out more about what we're up to here

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Coworkers' skills swap - delivering great presentations that hit the spot!

At Colleagues on Tap co-working days we do our best to share the skills of our co-workers, making sure everyone goes home from the day with a little knowledge they didn't have before!

Anna Dorward
At our co-working day in Sunderland recently, Anna Dorward of Anna Dorward Learning Solutions led a skills swap session on delivering great presentations that hit the spot.  Here's a quick summary of the collective contributions of the group:

What type of presentations do you have to do?
• Informative
• Sales
• Educational slots
• Training

Where do you or could you do them?
• Webinars
• Lectures
• Launch events
• Workplaces
• Classroom
• Networking

How do you get your presentations right?

Effective preparation is key - focus on both the preparation stage and the delivery.

Points to consider and self assess may be:
• What is my mindset towards presentations?

• What can I do to ensure effective preparation - we discussed tips such as checking out venue in advance, preparing for questions may receive, your preferred method for your notes to ensure keep focused, methods to engage the audience, pilot the presentation to establish timings and so on

• Delivery of the presentation - think about opportunities to practice to receive feedback
such as training events with supportive facilitator, family or friends, you could record it
and watch it back, go through it on your own to actually hear yourself saying it etc

The group contributed to a fairly extensive list of effective and ineffective aspects of delivery derived from their own experiences.  If you'd like to see the full list get in touch with Space on Tap or Anna Dorward 

If you'd like to join us at future co-working days for homeworkers get in touch or request our current co-working calendar - we'd love to see you there!