Presentation skills for finance directors

Mark Lee met up with Nick Fitzherbert, a member of The Magic Circle, to talk about the success he has been having in coaching finance directors in presentation skills – by applying a little magic!

ML: So what has magic got to do with presentation skills and why in particular have you been using it for finance directors?

NF: I caught the magic ‘bug’ midway through a 20-year career in public relations – I hired a magician called Fay Presto to entertain my staff one Christmas and I was instantly hooked. I started searching out the shops, the clubs and the conventions, and the more I learned about magic, the more I realised that...

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carnmores's picture

always love this    1 thanks

carnmores | | Permalink

a masterful piece of missdirection between two magicians. I have a lot of time for Fay a very lovely person. is it all an illusion?

Try this . . .    2 thanks

john woolmore | | Permalink

What Nick says makes a lot of sense.

However many FD's can pick some pointers in the meantime by attending a presentation(s) from their own sales and marketing teams.

I learnt a hell of alot from watching my own sales teams giving their presentations on their performance.  You never know the FD may feel compelled to participate.  I did!!

StuartWarner's picture

Interesting & good tips

StuartWarner | | Permalink

Thanks for the article Mark.There is some good advice offered by Nick.

I particularly like the advice on not finishing with question and saying "before I conclude".

I sometimes train finance professionals in presentation skills and will certainly acknowledge some of Nick's tips.