11
DEC
2017

Presentations: Cut The Trash

Presentations can be scary. but don’t be fooled into thinking that preparing and delivering them is the only scary part. Having to sit through them can be even more daunting! Reasons include poor preparation, poor delivery, content overload, inadequate logistics or very bad...
13
NOV
2017

Presentations: The #1 Reason For Failure

If you’re finding that your business presentations aren’t getting you results, there could be many reasons why. But there is one that stands out above the rest, and it has nothing to do with your delivery. It’s simply this: Have you done your homework? Generally, presentations...
20
OCT
2017

Did You Just Refuse The Offer Of a Microphone?

You’re about to speak to a group and you’re offered a microphone. Strangely, many people politely decline such a thoughtful offer – a reflex response, without giving the question much thought: “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine – thanks!” But chances are they won’t be fine. So in your...
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...