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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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Financial Times guide to management : how to be a manager who makes a difference and gets results.

A guide to becoming an effective manager, full of practical tips and advice on to the everyday challenges of: Managing yourself; Developing communication skills and emotional intelligence; Managing others; Setting strategic direction; Managing change; Managing money, resources and technology.

How to write reports and proposals

The pitfalls of writing business plans, the business communication skills, making numbers clear, making proposals persuasive, and the communicating and presenting an idea for maximum effect.

How to write a marketing plan

Intended as a study guide for group planning exercises, but contains useful tips for any students working on marketing plans. Includes sections on situation analysis, objectives and strategies for marketing plans, promotion and budgets, and communication and presentation skills. Also features an appendix with a sample marketing plan for the fictional company used in the book.

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.

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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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The expert witness process: Tips for valuation practitioners

The author shares advice for valuation professionals giving expert witness evidence in court. He explains the importance of listening to the question, answering only what was asked and never volunteering information or anticipating the next question. He also gives tips for good communication and presentation in the witness box - as well as how to survive cross-examination. Written from a US perspective.

Audit committee effectiveness: practical tips for the chair

The article focuses on the effects of audit committee in day to day challenges faced by businesses. Topics include need of experienced, healthy skepticism, and strong communication skill based audit committee effectiveness; help of audit committees for adding new members to structured onboard process; and importance of executive and private sessions for effective functioning of the committee.

Invester relations: communications clearinghouse

Article looks at investor demands for better communication in the form of narrative reporting that 'tells the company's story' rather than excess disclosures 'reports with too much standardised information and too many details that obscure meaning'.

The keys to guarding reputation

The article offers information on functions of board of directors' oversight of reputation risk management which are classified in five areas. Among the functions mentioned are integration of risk into business planning and strategy setting, effective communications and brand and image building, and positive culture on compliance with regulations, laws, and internal policies.

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