11
JUN
2019

Can You Present Without Visuals?

The answer to this question is yes, but how do you do it and what, if any are the benefits? Slide shows are a modern innovation. Overhead projectors only went mainstream in the 1980’s, 35mm slides a few years later and data projectors after the turn of the century. One would...
22
MAY
2019

Presentations: Can You Gesture Too Much?

My Hall of Fame Speaker friend Alvin Law, CSP* from Alberta, Canada, was born without arms. I’ve heard him speak several times. It takes quite a mental adjustment to get used to someone standing on a stage sprouting forth so confidently with no gestures whatsoever. As a child...
13
SEP
2018

Presentations: Advance Check, Avoid Crash And Burn

This article is primarily for presenters using technology * What is the Advance Check and why do you need to do one? You need to do it because it ensures that the hours of effort you’ve put into your preparation and rehearsal is not undone by needless logistical problems. So what...
05
MAY
2018

Presentations: Why Eye Contact Is Critical

Whether you’re chatting to one person or presenting to many, your authenticity will be established quickly – and instinctively. How? They’ll be watching you. Without consciously realising it, listeners will measure your levels of believability by the quality and...
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...