30
OCT
2013

Presentations: Is Our Fear Evolutionary?

This week we feature a thought-provoking, previously unpublished article by Gert Scholtz, Author of “The Keys to Persuasion” (available at Exclusive Books, CNA, Amazon and Kalahari). Public speaking is often said to be one of the top fears common to everyone – with good reason....
12
OCT
2013

Presentations: 5 Smart Ways to Engage with Visuals

We’ve been taught since forever not to judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s exactly what we do – because visual impact is immediate and gives us plenty of information very rapidly. That’s why people like to add a visual aspect to their presentations – to enhance and improve...
02
OCT
2013

Business Presentations: Less What, More Why

It’s a great feeling setting out for a presentation knowing that you’ve got a great product, some compelling arguments and a natty slide show. It’s not so nice when you emerge from your slick presentation without the business you were hoping to secure. It’s worse than not so nice...
28
AUG
2013

Presentations: Did I Screw Up?

Have you ever screwed up a presentation? No one likes to be wrong, let’s face it. So even when we mess up, our brain looks for reasons it wasn’t our fault so we don’t have to admit to it. We look for something or somebody out there to blame. Some common culprits are: not enough...
05
AUG
2013

Presentations: To Hell With The Corporate Template!

Presentations are a wonderful opportunity to showcase your services or persuade an audience. In the last 50 years or so the introduction of projected visuals into presentations added images and later colour to board and chalk. There is no doubt that enhancing the images available...
24
JUL
2013

Presentations: Conquer Your Self-Inflicted Terror

The sheer terror you experience each time you step up to deliver a presentation may well be all your own fault. You had the time to prepare yourself, and you knew in advance the date, time and venue where you’d be stepping up to speak. But instead of seeing a wonderful...
24
JUN
2013

Presentations: 10 Ways To Be Fantastic

You’ve just experienced a fantastic speech. Everyone is commenting on how good it was, and you were fortunate enough to be there – hearing it live! How would it be if you could bottle the magic formula so that you could use the very same formula – obviously using your...
28
MAY
2013

Address Their Problem With Your Value Proposition

Whether or not you use presentations to persuade, sell, market, or showcase, consider this simple question: If you’re presenting to a group of people, surely it’s because you ultimately want them to do something, right? Even if you’re not selling a product or service, at least...
20
FEB
2013

Presentations: The Mystery of the Microphone

The main purpose of a microphone (mike) is straightforward – to amplify your voice so that the audience can hear you clearly. But that’s not the only reason for using one. An important reason is to prevent vocal strain. It’s surprising how often people shout into a...
19
FEB
2013

Presentations: 5 Visual Howlers to Avoid

Often presenters get so caught up in their content, that they fail to realize the perception they create through that other crucial sense – the eyes. Let me explain. Each person in your audience has only 5 senses through which they can absorb information. Unless you have...
06
SEP
2012

Presentations: 14 Ways to Make Them Interesting

They’ve come to hear you speak. Their time, like yours is precious. There were many other things they could have been doing. Instead, they chose to attend your presentation. In reality, they’ve entrusted you with their time – a precious gift. You therefore owe...
23
AUG
2012

Are Your Presentation Skills Adequate?

When faced with the prospect of having to do a presentation, it is completely normal to try and get out of doing it. Please believe me. It is even more natural, when cornered like a rat in a trap with no way out, to respond by spending days preparing a 357 slide PowerPoint show...