02
SEP
2014

5 Ways To Undermine Your Presentations

Would it surprise you to discover that most people do not go about preparing a presentation expecting a successful outcome? In fact, the vast majority focus on their content (what they’ll deliver) rather than on what they want the outcome to be. There are several reasons...
01
AUG
2014

Presentations: Is Time Your Nemesis?

The very best outcome of delivering a presentation is to achieve your intended result, regardless of the compliments you achieve. That’s why you went to all the trouble in the first place. It feels wonderful to “pull it off” successfully. But successful...
18
JUL
2014

Presentations: What’s Your Evidence?

Sportsmen and women rely on past results to estimate what they are likely to achieve in future. The best results become their benchmarks. The logical assumption is that what was achieved before can be achieved again – or perhaps better in the future. When an athlete has an...
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This week we feature a thought-provoking, previously unpublished article by Gert Scholtz, Author of “The Keys to Persuasion” (available at Exclusive Books, CNA, Amazon and Kalahari).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...