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Episode Guide

Sonya Meekel - The Art of Public Speaking & Presenting

We sit down again with one of our very best tutors, Sonya Meekel, to discuss the art of public speaking and presentation skills, and offers some great insights into how you can improve your own skills. The average person ranks the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of death. The truth is, this fear has the potential to hurt your professional and personal life, while those who possess the ability to stand up and speak confidently in front of an audience almost have an unfair advantage in business.

This episode is solely aimed at helping you to improve your own presentation skills, and covers how to plan and practice, how to deal with unforeseen issues as they happen, the importance of knowing your subject, and how to create engaging presentations and avoid the dreaded "Death by PowerPoint". This was another informative chat with Sonya, with some real proven techniques that can be applied immediately to improve your confidence, your delivery, and your next presentation.

Louis Gunnigan - Grangegorman, Education & the Construction Sector

Louis Gunnigan is Programme Leader at Grangegorman Campus Development, TU Dublin, with over 30 year's experience in the construction / education sector, former Head of School of Construction in DIT, and has written over 50 widely-regarded papers on various topics in the construction sector.

In this episode, Tony and Louis discuss the amazing work that has gone into the planning and construction of the Grangegorman Campus for Technological University Dublin. They also chat about the current outlook on education in general within the construction sector in Ireland.

Paul White - How to be an Effective Board Member

Tony Cantwell sits down with Paul White, Director & Partner at Governance Ireland.

Paul has held Board & Senior Executive roles in France, UK, & Ireland, he is a co-founder and former Executive Director of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland. He is a board performance evaluator, mediator, business adviser, investor & mentor, with a significant track record in improving board performance effectiveness.

Tony chats with Paul about the key components of a successful board. They discuss the keys to becoming an effective member, as well as how boards are structured, what they do and how they work.

Key topics include:
- What are the first questions he asks when reviewing a board's effectiveness
- Common mistakes board make
- The duties and responsibilities of directors
- The importance of the chair
- Effective Board meetings
- Board development and succession planning

Paul Mitchell - Business Start-ups & the Construction Sector

In this episode of the CMG Podcast, Tony Cantwell sits down with Paul Mitchell, co-founder and director of Mitchell McDermott.

Paul's career has spanned over 20 years, he was the Director at Davis Langdon, before moving on to becoming head of Program, Cost & Consultancy with AECOM. In 2015 he co-founded Mitchell McDermott with colleague with Anthony McDermott, and in that short space of time the company is already one of the leading construction consultancy operations in the Irish construction industry today.

Tony chats with Paul about the challenges he faced starting a new company, how the company has grown and developed and interestingly, why they turned down business in their first year. Paul also talks about their approach to recruitment, the construction sector in general and why it was so important to them to get the ethos of the company right from the very start.

Sonya Meekel - Time Management & Public Speaking

In this episode, our CEO Tony is joined by one of our most popular trainers, Sonya Meekel.

They discuss several aspects of management, mainly focussed on improving time management, as well as some fantastic tips and insights on how to speak in front of an audience.

“The Exhibition Guy” Stephan Murtagh - Sales & Exhibitions

The exhibition industry is growing rapidly year on year, as it is a hugely valuable method to promote your business. However, it’s up to you to make it work!

In this episode, Tony Cantwell is joined by The Exhibition Guy, Stephan Murtagh, to discuss the real benefits of face to face sales, and the most important things a company should consider when exhibiting or sponsoring at an event.

Alan Hennessy - Creating a Social Media Presence

In this episode, Tony Cantwell is joined by Alan Hennessy, Head of Digital & Social Media at Kompass Media, to discuss tactics on how companies can create and improve their social media presence online, how to create content that engages their audience, and how to build their brand.