"Before I start"... well, you've already started, so just get on with it!
Please can we retire "Before I start" from keynote presenters' vocabularies. Fact is, when you say these words, by definition you've already started! Here are some of the most egregious abuses of the phrase. And some replacement options.
HBM launches CliftonStrengths-powered coaching to help senior executives overcome fear of public speaking
By applying CliftonStrengths coaching techniques, our Gallup-certified Principal Coach and HBM Managing Director Mark Laudi is able to help even the most introverted executive tap into their natural talents and get comfortable in front of live audiences or on camera.
Four things we learnt from nominating local business leaders for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018
As we get set to announce the winners of the first round ofthe Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018, I thought it would be of value to share what we have learnt during the process of shortlisting candidates.
The real reason why Asian conference delegates don't ask questions during Q&A
The common conception is Asian conference goers don't ask questions. I see the problem elsewhere.
Star Alliance CEO: Local business leader is a star media performer
The Singapore Airshow, which ended yesterday, brought the who's who of the aviation industry to town – among them this week's shortlisted candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.
After being media trained, how do you know if you are actually ready to face the media?
The answer to this question should be obvious, but if you find yourself saying no, maybe you should explore new options.
2018 preview: more losses in media jobs to have big impact on corporate spokespeople
You wouldn't think the departure of a total of 400 staff at Singapore Press Holdings by the end of this year is of any relevance when you take part in a media interview. But the shrinking number of journalists actually has a much greater impact than you might think.
How to deliver a written speech without sending your audience to sleep
Audiences tune out when speakers read speeches at conferences. But when you can't avoid reading from a script, there are some things you can (must) do to prevent them falling asleep.
Why you lose if you break off an interview because you don't like the questions
Ivanka Trump's combative interview with Cosmopolitan is a lesson for spokespeople who don't like the media's questions.
HBM's Mark Laudi featured in today's Mumbrella
Mumbrella has published a Q&A with HBM's Mark Laudi on the art of the interview: Asian companies, stop using being humble as an excuse for avoiding the media
What is your crisis management mantra?
Senior leaders correctly point out that "preparation" is key. Sounds obvious, right? So, why does it need to be repeated?
Hong Bao Media launches "Media Savvy" YouTube series to help executives perform better in media interviews
In HBM's "Media Savvy" YouTube series, ex-CNBC anchor Mark Laudi discusses contemporary media issues and investigates what senior executives and government officials can take away from them for their own media strategies and appearances.