Geeky about the science and art; experienced in the application

Who we are

Geeky:  Working for years in a core range of fields (i.e. shopper understanding, market research, website design, learning & development) we have explored many areas of behavioural sciences – how people process information and make decisions.  We also have important links to the arts – the techniques and stagecraft involved in Opera, and the professional application of improvisation theory.  We have found these all invaluable in how we help people craft their presentations.

Experienced:  We have worked in a range of commercial roles in a vibrant Blue Chip company (P&G is a global Fortune 500 Company).  We have led courses, we have coached executives, and we have consulted on a range of systemic aspects ot an organisation's presentation skills.  We have trained new hires all the way up to very senior leaders, always in the real business environment.

Geeky:  Working for years in a core range of fields (i.e. shopper understanding, market research, website design, learning & development) we have explored many areas of behavioural sciences – how people process information and make decisions.  We also have important links to the arts – the techniques and stagecraft involved in Opera, and the professional application of improvisation theory.  We have found these all invaluable in how we help people craft their presentations.

Experienced:  We have worked in a range of commercial roles in a vibrant Blue Chip company (P&G is a global Fortune 500 Company).  We have led courses, we have coached executives, and we have consulted on a range of systemic aspects ot an organisation's presentation skills.  We have trained new hires all the way up to very senior leaders, always in the real business environment.

Susie Oliver

UK (London)

Ex P&G (Finance)

Executive Coach

Charitable Sector

Angus Macdonald

Switzerland (Geneva)

Ex P&G (Finance)

Singer & Actor

Rugby Coach

Kirstie Hawkes

UK (London)

Ex P&G (Marketing & ER)

Category & Shopper Consultancy

Multi-Sector

Alex Hall

UK (Leeds)

Ex P&G (Finance + Sales + Insights)

Global Course Owner

Expert on all things Presentation Skills

Steph Parsons

Germany (Berlin)

Ex P&G (Insights & Analytics)

Experience senior leadership

Human Behaviour Expert

Richard Pascoe

UK (Leeds)

Ex P&G (Sales + Insights+ Learning & Development)

Opera Singer

Super-Geek on all things Presentation Skills.

Richard Pascoe

UK (Leeds)​

Ex P&G (Sales + Insights+ Learning & Development)​

Opera Singer​

Super-Geek on all things Presentation Skills.​

Steph Parsons

Germany (Berlin)​

Ex P&G (Insights & Analytics)​

Experience senior leadership​

Human Behaviour Expert

Alex Hall

UK (Leeds)​

Ex P&G (Finance + Sales + Insights)​

Global Course Owner​

Expert on all things Presentation Skills

Kirstie Hawkes

UK (London)​

Ex P&G (Marketing & ER)​

Category & Shopper Consultancy​

Multi-Sector

Angus Macdonald

Switzerland (Geneva)​

Ex P&G (Finance)​

Singer & Actor​

Rugby Coach

Susie Oliver

UK (London)​

Ex P&G (Finance)​

Executive Coach​

Charitable Sector

“I Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for the course. I had my presentation to Tesco and the interaction in it went brilliantly! [...] The session was so positive and engaging that when it came to the commercials slide we glided through it and the buyer even said the margin was great!”
     — Pippa, Account manager

Saying things well, in whatever scenario, is excruciatingly difficult.  Preparing and performing a presentation takes a level of skill that many find bewildering to attain.

Yet, many times our ability to get something done relies on this ability to say things well.

We can learn the skills needed to present brilliantly:  by exploring the Sciences: how the brain really processes information to make decisions.  And by learning from the Arts: the fundamentals of stagecraft and applied improvisation.

We know we can learn because we have over 20 years experience leading 100’s of courses, across 10’s of countries, and the exceptional feedback we receive.

Our ethos

Richard joined P&G in 1998 in Sales. He met vibrant characters and maverick thinkers in their professional and personal lives… who turned into dull automatons in business presentations. Why did the company leaders hire such brilliant people and not guide them to be brilliant when presenting? Because most of the leaders were only slightly better at presenting (and some were worse).

Richard knew there were basic presentation skills courses available – he had been training P&G’s foundational course for a few years by this point. But where was the course and content to develop skills beyond the fundamental and mundane?

By 2002 Richard would talk about this conundrum with people he trusted. One of these, thank you Jonathan Brown, one day told me to stop asking the question and go and find an answer. Since then Richard has been on a singular path – help people become inspirational presenters.

Across the subsequent 15 years, Richard found ways to weave this passion into his working life. He brought in a great advanced course (thank you Paul Jackson), persuaded great trainers to join the training team (thank you Kirstie and Alex and everyone else), evolved the content (he still is), and nurtured the course into what it is today: the global advanced course for P&G and now available well beyond.

Richard left P&G in 2016 so he could focus on this passion 24/7.

 

He really cannot believe his luck that this is what he gets to do every day.

Richard’s story