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Since its founding in 2008, MSB Executive has transformed
communications in the workplace by combining professional
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MSB Executive are communication skills specialists.

Since its founding in 2008, MSB Executive has delivered pitching, presenting and communication support one-to-one, in groups of all sizes, and at events and conferences. We have an excellent track record of helping our clients to overcome challenges, such as handling difficult questions, speaking with authority and gravitas, and using storytelling techniques to engage an audience.

At MSB Executive we are experts in online communications. We work with our clients to maximise their impact when speaking to camera.

Below is brief outline of our history.

2008

March

Martyn Barmby founds MSB Executive. He uses his background as an actor alongside a successful business career to offer workshops and one-on-one coaching,

April

Martyn delivers MSB Executive’s first workshop: Making the Best Use of Your Voice and Body in Business, for the University of Southampton. Projector bulb blows on the second slide reminding Martyn of the need never to rely on PowerPoint for a workshop.

September

First one-on-one session with client who was a technical expert but hated presenting and, in particular, sales presentations.

2011

March

First programme of one-on-one presentation skills support provided to an entire team. They remain a valued client of MSB Executive to this day.

2012

February

First associate joins the team offering written communication skills support.

November

First Storytelling workshop delivered.

2015

July

Run first workshop for CFA Society of the UK: Communicating Brilliantly Under Pressure. MSB Executive continues to be the communication skills partner of the CFA UK and run online and in person events.

2016

April

MSB Executive runs first of many workshops for Women in Banking and Finance.

2018

April

MSB Executive expands to 10, a mixture of employees and associates.

2020

March

MSB Executive moves entire coaching and workshop operation online as lockdown starts in the UK.

May

Deliver the first of many workshops on Communicating Effectively at Online Meetings.

June

First online masterclass launched.

2021

February

MSB Executive starts work with 100th business client. Biggest sectors are Financial Services, Law, Technology, Energy, Media and Property.

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