Fact Check Your Presentations

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

In a world of fake news and alternative facts, good quality data matters. Good data at least allows the possibility of good decisions, and a culture of fact-checked presentations and reports can therefore be the difference between success and failure of a new product, process or entire business!  Read more...

The Brain Chemistry of Presenting

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

I’m reading a book at the moment about human behaviour that includes a lot of information about brain chemistry. I like saying that because it makes me sound intelligent but in reality, I skim a lot of the science-y bits because I don’t really get them. And as the author, Robert Sapolsky freely acknowledges, the science doesn’t really matter. What matters is the outcome in terms of our behaviour and the other person’s response to that communication or behaviour.  Read more...

Like it or not, presentation skills are a critical part of our role

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Seven months ago my husband had a pretty decent motorbike accident. What could be decent about a motorbike accident you may well ask? Well, he didn’t lose his life, nor did he sustain brain or spinal damage. On the other hand, all the medical staff who’ve looked at the x-rays over the past seven months have gasped in admiration at the degree and intensity of the tibia and fibula breaks. I think it would be fair to say that this is not an area of life in which we’d ever hoped for recognition, but hey, we’ll take our infamy where we can!  Read more...


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It seems to me I didn't start to find my authentic voice until about 50. I'm a slow learner.  Read more...

I'm now an author!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Woohoo! It’s finally here. After four years of joyful collaboration with my awesome illustrator, Jan Scherpenhuizen, we are proud to announce the release of our new all-graphic guide to presenting, 'Presenting to the Max'.  Read more...

The Counterintuitive Series 1: “Sleep your way to the top” Arianna Huffington

Monday, November 17, 2014

In our hyper-competitive, 24/7, productivity-obsessed world, not only has sleep become a dirty word but lack of sleep has become a sign of virility.  Comparing notes at the water cooler on how little sleep we got the night before, what time we worked til and how early we got up for our morning tennis game are commonly considered signs of success, power and wealth.  Rumours abound of the limited sleep our leaders require.  Margaret Thatcher famously got by on 4 hours sleep a night, while ex Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was dubbed Kevin 24/7 for his round-the-clock ‘work ethic’.  Conversely, sleeping a full 8 hours, or heaven-forbid, taking a mid-afternoon nap, are considered almost criminally lazy.  Read more...


Saturday, November 01, 2014

All two wheel vehicles steer differently from 3 and 4 wheelers.  When a child moves from a tricycle with three wheels, to a bike with training wheels (4 wheels) to eventually having those training wheels removed (now down to 2), they will try and fail in the first instance to apply the steering technique that they’ve used up to this point.  On 4 wheels of course, you turn the steering wheel or handlebars in the direction you want to go.  Left to turn left, right for right. On a bike, you turn right by briefly applying pressure to the right handlebar, effectively pointing the front wheel to the left momentarily.  This action initiates the turn.  The bike leans over and the wheel and bike then turn into the corner.  It’s called counter-steering.  The child learns very quickly, if they want to stay upright and alive, that they must ignore the well-meaning advice of their parents to steer in the direction of the turn and, without realising what they’re doing, will figure out a way to counter-steer by themselves.    Read more...


Friday, October 03, 2014

Or "What We Can Learn About Influencing From The Masters Of The Game"  Read more...

INFLUENCING SKILLS: The Desperate Need For More Effective Influencing

Thursday, July 18, 2013

OR "Why Influencing Is A Central, Not Peripheral, Skill Of EVERYBODY’S Work"

By Carolyn Crawford

Communication Skills: The Power & Purpose Of Communication

Monday, July 01, 2013

OR "Just Because We’re Good With Words Doesn’t Mean We’re Communicating Well"

By Carolyn Crawford

A slightly different style of blog today as this is taken from a 15 minute talk I was asked to make for a community group education night recently.  I’ve fleshed out the bullet points and updated the examples to be more broadly relevant, but otherwise the ideas and flow remain the same.  It was an interesting and enjoyable evening for me.  I hope it is for you.  Read more...

What our clients say...

Business Development Manager

I now feel less nervous about the concept of presenting generally and more in control of the process

Category Manager
General Mills

Carolyn not only presented useful information but demonstrated what she taught

Category Manager

I had a fantastic experience, thank you Carolyn. I'm now more inspired to face challenges.

Customer Service Officer
First State Super

Very productive and empowering experience

Victorian Auditor General's Office

Very interactive and practical, not only for presenting, but also for reporting structures

Victoria Auditor General's Office

Fantastic, approachable, fun and really helpful

Treasury Corporation Victoria

Excellent. Good mixture of theory and practice. One of the best courses I have ever experienced

Finance Operations Manager

Loved It. I have left with tools I can use tomorrow to improve all my meetings and presentations.

Finance Operations Manager

Loved It. I have left with tools I can use tomorrow to improve all my meetings and presentations.

General Manager

“Until I met Carolyn and listened to her audio course, I thought that to be a good presenter, I needed to morph into a different person. Carolyn helped me realise that being true to my unique style and personality is my greatest asset when presenting. She provides really useful tools and techniques that helped me develop my very own formula for presentation success”

General Manager

It is all about outcomes for F2F and this is what I most appreciated as a participant in the Influencing Skills training - they always had my growth as a leader in mind, and I was kept honest through follow up work to ensure my learning was put into practice.

General Manager Business Operations
IAG (Insurance Australia Group)

Carolyn was excellent. Great anecdotes, great pace, very engaging

General Manager Marketing

Fantastic depth of knowledge and ability to demonstrate technology

HR Director
adidas Australia

Each year we ask F2F back to deliver training at adidas because they are organised, know their stuff and get results. The execution is seamless and their exceptional ability as trainers, unquestionable.

International Market Research Firm

Carolyn was helpful, respectful, empathetic and humorous€ a consummate presenter. Thank you

Logistics Manager
Mainfreight Logistics

Interesting, relevant, motivating, enlightening and fast moving

National Business Manager

Very relevant, logical, useful information. Immediately applicable in the workplace.

Operations Manager
IAG Limited

Not only have I personally seen the skills of my team improve, their feedback suggests unanimously that the programs were well organised, professional, challenging and stimulating. They felt in short they had indeed developed their skills.


Excellent! Very knowledgable and experienced and it shows.

Regulatory analyst
Essential Services Commission

Lots of great tips. Lots of references to other resources. A terrific framework for planning presentations. A very worthwhile use of my time

Regulatory Consultant
Essential Services Commission

I can use everything that we covered in the session immediately in all of my work - highly relevant! It will save me heaps of time and help me focus on a clear message that connects with the reader.

Sales analyst

This training provided the structure and knowledge I was looking for. My role often requires me to persuade people. This provided me with the tools to do so.

Sales Development Manager

A wealth of information and very supportive in delivery

Senior Associate

Apart from presentations, these skills will be useful for ordering my thoughts in arguments for meetings and preparing written advice

Senior Associate

Very engaging and practical.  Planning was always hard and time consuming for me.  The skills learnt will definitely solve that.

Telstra Media/Entertainment

Fantastic – feeling very empowered now. Looking forward to my next presentation.

Telstra Relationship Marketing

The best presentation skills I’ve done and in fact among the best training I’ve done.  I used the planning format straight away and it worked.  Fantastic course.