05
JUN
2014

Presenting to the big guns

One of the most frequent fears expressed by student presenters is that of presenting to senior managers or executives. Why does positional status seem to add to presentation stress? What makes seniority a cause for added stress and what makes them different from presenting to...
30
APR
2014

Presentations: The 3 Musketeers & D’Artagnan

You can engage an audience with technique. You can also do so with warmth and authenticity. The great presenters call on both, in generous doses. Let me be clear from the outset – successful presentations require good content. But when mediocre content is delivered...
06
MAR
2014

Presentations: 9 ways to avoid a walk-out

The most recent trend about presentations is that people are no longer complaining about them so much as avoiding them. I wonder why? Perhaps it’s a bit like the really inconsiderate drivers on our busy roads complaining about how badly everyone else drives. Fortunately for them,...
19
FEB
2014

Presentations: Believing You Can

Despite the fact that there are more self help books available now than ever before, it seems that we humans continue to make the same mistakes over and over. But not all of us. Just, well – most of us! The puzzling question is why? I think I may have an answer. In our...
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This week we feature a thought-provoking, previously unpublished article by Gert Scholtz, Author of “The Keys to Persuasion” (available at Exclusive Books, CNA, Amazon and Kalahari).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...