Our method gives people simple tools to speak
with clarity and authority when they need it most.
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We understand what it feels like to communicate effectively in the financial sector. It’s a high-pressure environment that demands the right skills at the right time. But, when it goes to plan, it can really galvanise people and motivate future success.
It doesn’t come naturally to all of us and can require some investment to enable your team to truly shine. At MSB Executive, we combine financial services experience with professional theatre skills. Our feet firmly in both worlds, we understand the work, people and culture of London’s financial services and through drawing on aspects of performance and theatre, we can transform your team’s communications skills.
In essence, we provide simple tools and techniques to help people communicate more confidently with the ultimate aim of growing businesses.
Employers hire people for diverse reasons and have to weigh up a balance of the right strategic, interpersonal and practical skills. But frustratingly, often the brightest and best fail to shine in front of their clients. Our practical tools help your people to communicate what makes them brilliant and as a result, gain the trust and confidence of new and existing clients.
We don’t follow the status quo. Using a considered mix of tried and tested techniques from theatre and business, we help people to communicate with confidence and ease. Our method gives people simple tools to speak with clarity and authority when they need it most. Our experienced team understands the typical problems people face when pitching and presenting to clients and are skilled at breaking down barriers and inspiring trust.
Our mission is to transform people’s self-confidence and ability to engage and win a clients’ trust. The positive effects of this transformation are far-reaching. From a bottom-line perspective, you can expect to win more pitches and develop stronger long-term client relationships. In terms of your people and their wellbeing, this new positive approach to a task they were perhaps daunted by in the past, means happier, calmer and more productive team members.
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Since working with MSB Executive our success rate at pitches has more than doubled. We consider their people to be an extension of our team. Whenever we launch a new product they are in the room with us working on how we can present the proposition as effectively as possible to clients.
Director of Marketing and Client Services, Asset Management Firm
I engaged MSB Executive with the specific aim of personal coaching to help remove and also develop techniques for dealing with anxiety connected with public speaking, presentations and pressurised communications / situations. I could not have been happier with the results and I would not hesitate to recommend MSB Executive to anyone in the same professional situation. It is still a work in progress, but there is no doubt that the techniques learnt from MSB Executive in our sessions have helped me develop greatly in these areas. In addition to that he was personally very easy & pleasant to work with and he easily put me at ease with the coaching process. I very much enjoyed the overall experience.
Director of Client Service, Fortune 500 company
Following the training, I had a Client meeting where they opened with “You probably can’t help us..” and ended with them agreeing product presentations, collaboration on developing standards for their industry and sending a pilot job to us as a trial. Yes, it helped. I admit it, Martyn has taught me how I can enjoy Presentations AND Sales, wonders never cease
Mark Crowther, Principal Consultant, Financial Services Consultancy
MSB Executive conducted an inspirational and innovative presentation workshop for all members of my team. They have a unique ability to coax the best out of the most reluctant presenter and polish the more accomplished orator all within the same session. MSB’s techniques stay with you, so the impact for me personally has been felt on a long-term basis. We will be having MSB back in and I would recommend them to anyone
Daniel Rowntree, Director, Elastic
MEET OUR TEAM
Our team of talented Associates is vital to the unique training we offer. It is their rich and diverse experience and expertise that enables us to deliver the right training to the right business or individual.
Director Martyn Barmby is the driving force behind MSB. Passionate about empowering talented professionals, his mission is to tap into a person’s true potential and give them the ability to communicate their brilliance.
Martyn Barmby brings a true 360degree perspective.
A professional actor with 12 years senior executive experience in consultancy and project management, he has an innate understanding of the skills needed for exceptional presentations. Having led consultancy businesses in the UK, US and France, Martyn has also performed around the world as a professional actor. It’s no surprise that he’s skilled in advanced communication techniques and has developed powerful methods and influencing skills from the worlds of acting and business.
Lucy Nicholls is hugely experienced in the world of financial services. Over the course of 15 years, she has worked at partner level for several investment management firms and has specific expertise in European private equity.
A long-term associate for MSB Executive, Lucy works with clients to sharpen presentations and pitches using her analytical approach that helps clients to develop a clear and logical argument that stands up to intense questioning.
Steven is MSB Executive’s Head of Acting.
He is a teacher, actor, director, and writer. After leaving University where he was President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, Steven did postgraduate training as an actor at Webber Douglas. As well as acting on stage he has worked as a writer and editor. Since 2008 he has been teaching acting to adults and children and has had a well-received book published on drama teaching. Steven also runs his own theatre company.
Jakki Bendell brings 12 years media and marketing industry experience with a specialism in launching publishing businesses in Europe. For the past decade she has provided workshops and coaching to businesses with the aim of helping them to communicate more effectively at work. Pragmatic in her approach, Jakki’s skill lies in business writing that communicates clear compelling messages and engages audiences. Her focus is on helping people to develop better written skills that will inspire and influence others and importantly, enhance their career and business success.
Justin trained at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has been an actor and comedian for over 20 years, with a career spanning from West End theatre to filming with Steven Spielberg; from running a London comedy club to improvising full-length musicals. Alongside this, he has garnered a great deal of experience in corporate role-play and as a practitioner of forum theatre. Having worked with a wide range of Financial Services clients he believes role-play training should be authentic and truthful, but also fun.
Liz Hughes began her career as an economist and was an early mover into the world of compliance. She spent 10 years with several high profile Asset Management firms in compliance advisory roles working across the entire business. She founded and runs an innovative compliance consultancy that leverages agile working and is also a board member for Women in Banking and Finance. Liz’s varied and senior experience allows her to move swiftly and easily between high-level strategic issues, and technical detail. Liz creates a supportive environment where MSB clients can practice their newly acquired skills and provides intelligent, considered and constructive feedback. She empowers individuals to engage more effectively with their clients and senior management.
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