3 Simple tips to master Thinking on Your Feet

 May 02, 2018

Thinking on your feet, especially under pressure, isn’t the luck of the few; it can be learnt by anyone, using some simple techniques. It promotes personal confidence, makes you represent yourself well, and even helps you make great presentations.

Have you ever been in a situation, say in a meeting, or caught off-guard in the lifts, when you’ve been asked a question by a senior manager and blurted out the first thing that came into your head? You probably walked away and thought to yourself “Oh, I should have said…” or “I just sounded like an incoherent fool”.

Have you ever been asked, at short notice, to make a presentation to your team, senior management, or clients? You want to perform well and make sure you include all relevant information in a clear and concise manner but you don’t have the time to really prepare. What do you do if you find yourself in one of the situations mentioned above? It can feel challenging and it might stress you out.

Think on Your Feet® promises to help you in three key areas:

  1. Be able to marshal your thoughts coherently at short notice

    The course provides you with 6 structures which help you communicate straightforward information, or cope with situations that require diplomacy, and persuasion. There are multiple opportunities for practice, and while everyone learns at their own pace, the two days yield significant communication improvement.


  2. Get to the point quickly

    “Time waits for no man” and in our busy world, the ability to make a point quickly and logically is vital. Imagine that you have two or three minutes with the boss to make your point; it is critical that you present a valid argument that is persuasive and structured.


  3. Make an impact

    What’s the point of speaking knowledgably, but your audience does not remember the key points you were trying to impress upon them? Information needs to be structured in a way that is easy to follow, brief, and primes the listener to remember your key points.


Find out more about the Think on your Feet Training

As a trainer, I believe that Think on Your Feet® is one of those enjoyable courses that can change the way you write, speak and communicate in general. You’ll be memorable, you’ll feel more confident answering difficult questions, and you’ll handle communicating under different circumstances.


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About the Author:

Fee Hosking  

With over 24 years experience as a trainer, Fee is one of our most senior Professional Development trainers at New Horizons Sydney. With a professional background as a management consultant in the South African manufacturing industry, Fee brings credibility, experience and authenticity to all of the subjects that she trains. She has the ability to engage professionals from the junior to the senior level. Bringing great energy to the classroom, Fee ensures that the learning experience for all who attend is an enjoyable one, which in turn makes it a truly impactful one.

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