The Ten Truths

This is a presentation and conversation that I have had with a number of clients across the years. I am dusting it off and bringing it back into the foreground for 2018. Some of the points are obvious yet the obvious gets overlooked in the  heat of battle.

Some of the points are provocative and provocation is sometime the only way to win.

Here is your link to the PDF

If you want to discuss any of the ideas here to turn the whole piece into a team game or seminar let me know and we can easily arrange to make it so.

The Phone Coach – a new service

Tim Baynes is now offering his extensive knowledge and the ‘Say it in 7’ techniques in a convenient and quick over the phone service – The Phone Coach. Tim will deliver the same level of expertise and practical advice but in a new easy to access format. Tim will first review the presentation, analyse and evaluate it and then arrange a phone call to discuss feedback and ideas answering any other questions you may have.Phone Coach

The aim of The Phone Coach is to enable you and your presentation to connect with your audience better by making the content clear and compelling. The Phone Coach will remedy the structure; advise on content and help craft your messages to be as persuasive as possible.

The Phone Coach, aka Tim Baynes, is a qualified pitch doctor and has been running successful training programs for over 20 years for a number of prestigious clients including Google, the BBC, Mail Online, Microsoft and Spotify. How it works:

Step one – send your presentation to The Phone Coach

Step two – The Phone Coach reviews the presentation extensively and will note recommendations for improvement

Step three – a one-hour phone call with The Phone Coach to discuss the evaluation and feedback


If you want more time or input, or even a face-to-face consultation, this can be arranged. Costs: £500 + VAT (no VAT applied outside the UK)



  1. Go to download and complete a coversheet to include your contact details and a couple important questions about your presentation.
  2. Return the form to me at with the presentation and two dates when you can do a Skype call with me.
  3. Send £500 to the PayPal account:
  4. Tim will confirm receipt and acceptance of timings by return.


Questions, often without warning

Q: “Sniper Control” How do we handle those questions or statements that come at anytime often without warning in our meeting?

1 Apply the advice in ‘Handling Q&A’ and ask the person a question back, for example “Before I answer, what is behind your question?”  Questions give you control.

2 Ensure you have accommodated all the political opinions in the room and if you think a question will arise that will stump you, ask a colleague for advice before you leave for the meeting.

Q: Presenting without PowerPoint, Can we?    A: Yes, especially with creative ideas. Perhaps you can demonstrate what it is you wish to sell or create the idea in front of the meeting on a flip chart? Better still get them to build alongside you – bring a pad of paper and marker pens to the meeting (No batteries, Windows updates or power cables are needed for these techniques)

When you HAVE to use someone else’s presentation!

Great advice from Nicholas Bate 

11 Ways to Improve an ‘Assigned’ Presentation

Posted: 14 Aug 2016 12:16 AM PDT

You’ve been given a slide deck and told ‘deliver this’. But it’s pretty awful.

  1. Run through it a couple of times on your own. What’s its natural timing? Where is it awful/clunky/boring?
  2. Replace a slide or two with a story.
  3. Replace a slide or two with a picture.
  4. Replace a slide or two with an interactive exercise.
  5. Now create a powerful start: maybe some startling figures which reveal the depth of the problem.
  6. Now ensure there is a Q&A before
  7. Your powerful summary and
  8. Your call to action: what is it you want the audience to do differently having invested this time with you?
  9. Now read this and this
  10. Repeat 2. Adjust. Deliver. Learn.

Say it in 7: Develop the Game Plan

The Say it in 7 approach to structuring your pitch, story or proposal starts with the client/customer’s pressing challenge and ends on actionSay it in 7 is the methodology to create a pitch/proposal/idea and present it in 7 slides.

In 7 slides we can communicate ‘why our solution’ and back it with evidence that is appropriate to the people who will make the decision.

With fewer slides, each slide has to work harder.

With fewer slides, there is more opportunity for the customer to fill in the blanks with Q&A

Next Steps: The last slide (slide 7) asks for action. We want to get a ‘yes’ rather than a ‘maybe’.


FOOTNOTE : Great to be working with Talking Rugby Union the place for all the latest rugby news, photo, videos The Rugby Championship, 7s and Leagues from around the world. In the run up to Rio Rugby 7s A series of articles shows how the world of sport and business are in sync when running a pitch or running on to one!

Say it in 7 – Realising Ambition

Another exciting piece on the Talking Rugby Union site, extract:

Say it in 7 founder Tim Baynes uses a pitch scenario to describe how best to showcase your skills to gain the desired result: To win must consider these three points, and they will take you along the road to success.

– See more at

The Run up to Rio

Great to be working with Talking Rugby Union the place for all the latest rugby news, photo, videos The Rugby Championship, 7s and Leagues from around the world.

UnknownIn the run up to Rio Rugby 7s A series of articles shows how the world of sport and business are in sync when running a pitch or running on to one!  First story here – six more to come in the build up to Rio.

And all  rugby is hereUnknown

Prep for Meetings – Yes, its checklist central . . .

Again, with the same team, our thoughts turned to overall meeting preparation, and again the list is longer than we think!

  1. Personalised PowerPoint – Have you? Aside from adding their logo and changing the date
  2. Case studies included and are relevant
  3. Anecdote: What personal stories can you tell
  4. What will you teach them in the meeting?
  5. Metrics – because aside from stories people take numbers away from the meeting
  6. Investment analysis – how is this company doing?
  7. Right audience in the room – are you sure?preparation
  8. Industry – how is their sector doing?
  9. Competitors – how are their competitors doing?
  10. LinkedIn – and try not to leave it to the last minute
  11. Research individuals – see #11
  12. Facebook – might as well see #7
  13. LinkedIn – Connections
  14. Roles – who on our team is doing what?
  15. Three run throughs please, if the meeting is that important
  16. Right resources
  17. Run through your demo in live mode – if you have one
  18. Salesforce what is the company’s entry
  19. Lockdown 48 hours prior. Meaning the presentation is ready 48 hour before the meeting, it is agreed and no content needs to be changed and so the only thing we do is rehearse this

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Tech Check – get ready for that meeting

I was working with a team the other day and the conversation turned to technology mess-ups in meetings and how disruptive this is.

  1. OK, I said what do you need to check? Here is what we came up with:
  2. Wi-Fi – will there be a connection in the room?
  3. Cables – do you have all your leads?
  4. Dongles for your mobile Wi-Fi
  5. Beamer Projector – will they have one?
  6. Thumb Drive with spare copy of my presentation
  7. Take a Backup PC – if the meeting is that importantteck prep
  8. Battery Charger and is your battery charged!
  9. Giveaways for the delegates? Sweeteners and leave-behinds
  10. Clean Desktop – move all the icons off the desktop into one folder
  11. Skype and other alerts on your PC turned off.
  12. Browser Bar clean and tidy if you are doing a demo
  13. Clickers and mice to hand and with fresh batteries
  14. Software malware checked – if needs by
  15. Water – (for your body technology)

Anything to add?  Contributors will receive a free copy of 22 Questions: How to win more business