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...
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...