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Communication and presentation skills

A range of books, articles and guides to help you successfully develop your communication and presentation skills.

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Featured book

Painting with numbers: presenting financials and other numbers so people will understand you
Bolten, R. (John Wiley & Sons, 2012, 322 pages)

How to present numbers so that people can understand them quickly and get the maximum meaning from them.

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Featured article

Four keys to winning presentations
Financial presentations have a reputation for being dry or confusing, but they don't have to be if you follow some key communication skills tips.

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Assert yourself

Practical advice on assertiveness to help change the way you work and live for the better. Includes a quiz to assess strengths and weaknesses, a jargon-free glossary of key words and phrases plus frequently asked questions about approaching the challenge of developing assertiveness.

Better than bullet points

A guide for trainers to using Powerpoint to create engaging e-learning programmes. It provides in-depth guidance, specific instructions and helpful exercises. It also features a wealth of tools, templates, and examples.

Communication strategies for today's managerial leader

Often individuals move into managerial leadership roles without an awareness of the need to focus on their communication skills. This book provides communication strategies to help individuals manage and lead others successfully. It aims to build a solid communication foundation and to help enhance written, oral and interpersonal communication.

Complete presentation skills handbook: how to understand and reach your audience for maximum impact and success, The

The book contains sections on researching an audience for a presentation, organising your information, writing a script and preparing visual aids, staging a presentation, voice and performance skills, building self-confidence, delivering a presentation, technical presentations, communications skills for dealing with the media, employee training for communication and presentation, and formal events.

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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Why data is the new oil

The article reports on the aspects of valuing data in the mobile technology world. Topics discussed include the acquisition of music streaming app Shazam by technology company Apple to improve the company's customer experience through the power of data, the significance of data and data visualization tools on the business decisions made by entertainment company Netflix, and increasing trend of mobile applications.

Making smarter data visualizations

A guide for managers on improving your visual communication techniques. Start by considering the nature and purpose of your data visualization. A good chart should reveal a message that couldn't be seen before, change minds and cause action. The article is adapted from the author's 2016 book, 'Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations'.

Email killer

Slack's slick messaging software has convinced companies of all sizes that they can move past the inbox. But will what comes next be better — or worse?

Making global teams work

Managers who lead global teams are up against stiff challenges, including social distance and perceived power imbalances. The article suggests rules of engagement for global team meetings and key messages managers should get across to ensure better communication among their team.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Business presentations


A sales presentation can make or break a deal. Many people dread giving them, others love making a pitch - although that doesn’t mean they are doing it well. However you feel about presentations, you can always improve your approach. Follow these tips to get the basics right and ensure you get your message across.

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