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...
23
AUG
2012

Presentations: The Vital Missing Ingredient

Here’s a typical presentation scenario: New product, roadshow looming – you’re doing the presentation. You’ve got started on the slide show, working on it when you’ve got a gap – and evenings. All seems to be going well. Five days to go –...
23
AUG
2012

Prepare Well, Rehearse Some

It’s true to say that professionals have their talks really well canned – but a sales or business presentation is a different matter. Usually one is speaking on a subject where one has a degree of expertise, often adjusting your slant depending on your audience...
23
AUG
2012

Presentations: Turning Question Time Into A Breeze

Planning. We all understand that this is fundamental to success. It is particularly so in presentations, and the added fear factor ensures that most people do indeed plan and prepare their presentations prior to going live. As we’ve established in previous newsletters, they...
23
AUG
2012

12 Ways To unWreck A Presentation

[info]This blog will show you: How to repair a presentation before you start with 12 points on slide show effectiveness.[/info] The wrecking formula is quite simple. Plenty of slides with lots of text, little or no practice, and insufficient time to prepare – in other...
23
AUG
2012

The Unavoidable Trend

If you’re an Alvin Toffler reader, you will be familiar with his views that the schooling system was designed by the rich to keep the poor in poverty forever and to work in their factories. He goes on to describe how school teaches us to learn an immense amount of useless...
23
AUG
2012

4 Features of Successful Presentations

The main purpose of delivering a presentation is to achieve your desired outcome. Whatever it’s about, you want people to take action on your suggestions. Since it takes time and considerable effort to structure a presentation, you want to ensure that it is well received...
23
AUG
2012

What Makes Effective Presentations Effective?

When we hear or see the word “presentation,” visions of formal attire, PowerPoint, critical audience, sales pitches and frazzled nerves come to mind. But is this the one and only recipe? Let’s unpick this a little. What is a presentation really? A presentation...
23
AUG
2012

What Were Those School Subjects For?

It was many years after I left school that I tried to figure out what all those subjects were for, and why we were obliged to study them? The other thought that begged to be answered was this: Which subjects were most important? I figured that it depended on what you planned to...