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Thursday, 27 October 2016 12:52

IOSH Food and Drink Conference


IOSH Food and Drink Conference

I had the pleasure to attend and speak at the IOSH Food and Drink Conference last month, being a baker in a previous life, before this change in direction into Health and Safety, it was interesting to hear the issues and solutions from a different sector of industry (normally construction and manufacturing).

Actually, when you listen to the speakers presenting and start talking to the other delegates the issues the sector has to deal with are no more different from other industry sectors.

  •          Personal behaviours
  •          Time
  •         Communication
  •         Pressure (commercial and personal)

The only thing different are the way solutions that are put in place to get the buy in and enhancement to a better health and safety culture.

At the end of last week, I received my official feedback from the conference, as it is always good to see where you can improve and the general comments generated about the speech. Well, I could not be more pleased with the results on the presentation, with the delivery score coming out as 92% excellent and 96% with the content being excellent.

Comments that followed were:

·         Paul Mahoney was inspirational

·         Paul was excellent

·         Paul  Mahoney's presentation and attitude was very good, we will be asking him to attend and present to our site (Allied Bakeries London)

·          Paul Mahoney was inspirational to be able to stand up a recount what happened takes guts, you could hear and see the emotion, we would bring him to our sites to speak to our teams (Allied Bakeries)

·          Paul Mahoney's presentation was very inspirational


Therefore, what is my secret to delivering a presentation? That would be telling and successful people do not give away their secrets do they? As far as I am concerned, there is not no magical secrets, just some basic rules to follow.


·         Get yourself a mentor/coach that you can bounce ideas off, because they can see and feel if it is going to work with your audience.

·         Use pictures as much as possible, as most people are visual and relate to pictures more than words. What is that saying a picture paints a thousand words?

·         Use the odd video to break up the speech, as people have an attention span of 8 seconds to 8 minutes (according to new research). If need be get them involved in an exercise, to break the speech up..

·         Make it sad, make it fun, but make sure people join you on a journey through the speech (remember the speech is a story start, middle and end)..

·         Be passionate about what your subject is going to be concerning.

Do not hide behind the lectern, come and face your audience. They want to see you not an upper body behind a box.    



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What People Say

  • Paul's presentation of his experiences was very moving, and inspirational. I believe him being here to talk through and being able to ask questions first hand was great.


    C.Spencers Group

  • Paul's speech gave true insight into the impact of an accident rather than just a dramatized video about just what happened at the time of it.

    W. Evans

    C.Spencers Group

  • Paul was an important part of this course. As it happened to him and not somebody in a DVD. It really brought it home accidents do happen to real people and not an actor.

    W. Harron

    SITA Doncaster

Paul Mahoney

Paul Mahoney

For a Safer World Tomorrow


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