All posts by Duncan Brodie

How To Overcome That Fear When Presenting At Work

Presenting is one of those areas that some love, some do and some avoid. Whenever I’m running a workshop, one of the things that seems to come up over and over again is fear. Perhaps that’s not surprising. All the eyes are on you. You want to do a great job and get a lot of positive feedback. I’m often […]

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Do Your Due Diligence Before Accepting A Job

You are on the job market. You apply for roles, get interviewed and get offered the job. It’s a great feeling. Ideally you start the job and it all goes well. Recently I’ve noticed something different with a few clients. They get the job offer, get started and decide to move on after a relatively short period of time. The reason […]

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7 Common Reasons Not To Offer You The Job and How To Overcome Them

Job interviews are strange in some respects. You find yourself being asked lots of questions by the hiring manager or a panel. You have the chance to ask some questions. Everyone is doing their best to show the best side of themselves. Yet in reality converting those job interviews into job interviews can be tough. In this article I want […]

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How To Effectively Manage New Employee Probation Periods

We all know that organisations put a lot of time and effort into the recruitment and selection of staff. They may well do an okay job with the initial induction too, although this can be variable. But what about managing people through the probation period? The length of a probation period can vary but typically is around 3 […]

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5 Simple Changes To Make You A Better Business Partner

The role of the functional professional is changing. These days more are more of them are taking on the role of business partner. What’s clear is that different organisations are at different stages in implementing the business partnering approach, especially in finance. As a business partner you will no doubt aspire to do the best job you can […]

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The Biggest Challenges In Creating Your CV and How To Overcome Them

Your CV is a key document in helping you to land your next job. A good CV will get you more job interview invitations. While this might seem really obvious it can often be a challenge to create a good CV. So what are some of the biggest challenges in creating your CV and how do you overcome […]

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3 Things That Will Help You To Be Better At Presenting As A Finance Professional

If you work in Finance, you will have to make presentations to those in the wider business. Sometimes these will be in small group meetings where they are slightly less formal. Other times it might be to a much larger audience. These days with more and more hybrid working, it’s likely that you will have to present online […]

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How To Maximise The Value of What You Communicate As A Finance Business Partner

If you’re a finance business partner or even a management accountant, communication of financial information is vitally important. Chances are you produce lots of reports. You may have been providing these reports for a long time. So they must be of value then, right? Not necessarily. I was watching a YouTube video from Andi Lonnen on what to communicate. The big […]

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It Makes A Massive Difference In Job Interviews

Job interviews are part and parcel of you climbing the accounting career ladder. They are by nature slightly strange. You as the candidate are being asked lots of questions. Equally you are trying to get a sense of whether the role and organisation you are interviewing with feels right for you. There’s an added problem. For most accountants, it’s not […]

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Not Better or Worse Just Different

Once in a while I speak to accountants who are anxious about their career to date. Specifically that the sector they have worked in for a while may well be restricting their chances of moving forward in their career. It’s easy to understand that feeling, especially if you are finding it a bit of a struggle to […]

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