11
MAY
2017

Presentations: The First 7 Seconds

The introducer is nearing the end of your introduction. The audience is waiting. Your name is announced. Applause, and you walk on to the podium. There’ll be no greater pressure on you than in the next 7 seconds. Why? Those that know you should want you to do well. They’re...
01
MAR
2017

Presentations: Dealing With The Unexpected

If you’re well prepared for your upcoming presentation but can’t work out why you’re still feeling stressed out as the date looms, perhaps the insights in this piece will be useful to you. The word presentation is synonymous for many of us with the words fear and stress. Yet, we...
17
MAY
2016

Presentations: To Move Or Not To Move?

One of the key differentiators between presenters is the way they utilise space. That’s one of the reasons I like to see the venue in advance if possible, because the available space determines the extent of my movement when in action. In a narrow room using slides with a table...
27
APR
2016

Presentations? I’d Rather Die

The single biggest barrier to public speaking of any kind, be it keynotes to business presentations is in our minds. From ancient times it’s been quite natural to sit around at meals or other times and converse naturally and freely. It’s not difficult to have a conversation on...
25
APR
2016

Presentations: The BIG Problem With Perfection

Observing a flawless presentation is indeed wonderful, but extremely unusual – an experience that many of us never seem to have. Thats because it almost never happens. It’s more likely that you’ve seen several near flawless presentations, or some really good ones with few...
08
SEP
2015

Presentations: The importance of the conclusion

I’ve many times posed the following question to groups: “What is a presentation?”. Those that hazard an attempt usually reply that it is the sharing of information. Well, so is an email, a book, a letter or a memo – so I disagree. I’ve always defined a presentation as “a...
15
AUG
2015

Presentations: Why YOU Mustn’t Break The Rules

Having listened to more presentations than most people, I’ve seen a great many presenters break “the rules”, or certainly ignore a few of them. Some presenters get away with it, but most don’t. Those that don’t simply crash and burn – often going down in flames, cocooned in...
28
JUN
2015

Presentations: 9 Ways To Create Irresistible Enthusiasm

There is wide acceptance that it’s a lot more difficult to persuade an audience about anything if you don’t personally “believe” – no matter what your topic is. Why then do so many erudite speakers who believe fervently in their topics still fail to convince – or get...
02
JUN
2015

Presentations: Why You Must Get Organised

More presentations are messed up by poor organisation than by inadequate preparation. How can one substantiate such a statement? Quite easily actually, because you are usually asked to present on a topic with which you are familiar, so even if short on preparation, your knowledge...
19
FEB
2015

Idiotic Podium-Speak You Should Avoid

The best way to get your message across and secure your objective is to say what you mean. This is best done by speaking clearly and using simple language. You’d think that should be easy. It seems it is not. Far too many folk think that the podium is the ideal opportunity to...
15
JAN
2015

Presentations: 7 Ways to Connect With Your Audience

The ability to connect with an audience is critical in getting your key message and the content of your presentation across. It is so important that it must be considered a make or break factor. If you hook the audience from the start, you’ve immediately increased your chances of...
22
OCT
2014

Presentations: You’re ON in 60 minutes

Savvy presenters understand that the hour prior to going live is more stressful than the presentation itself. With your preparation and rehearsals behind you, you’re dealing with last minute issues such as arriving at the venue on time and organising your set up. Hopefully, the...