20
JUL
2012

Presentations: Afraid Of Losing Your Way?

Fear of losing one’s way in a presentation is the underlying reason why presenters become so dependent on their slide shows. The more dependent you become on your slide show, the more slides you create. The more slides you create the longer it takes to create – and...
09
JUL
2012

Presentations: Information Overload

Could you drive your car, speak on the phone, eat a pizza, read the newspaper and watch a movie all at the same time? Probably not, particularly if you’re male. But that’s what many audiences are expected to do all across the world, every day as presenters toil to...
06
JUL
2012

Presentations: Why They Didn’t Buy

I have heard that the number one reason prospects don’t buy from a salesperson is that the former failed to actually ASK for the business. If my personal experience is anything to go by, this must be true. But it goes a little further than this. You can ask for the business...
20
JUN
2012

Presentations: Who Said You Must Be Perfect?

To almost everyone who delivers them, presentations mean pressure. Time pressure, preparation pressure, content pressure, rehearsal pressure – you name it! Subliminally we all experience it, to a greater or lesser degree. The degree is more often than not related to the...
19
JUN
2012

Presentations: What’s it all about, Alfie?

Have you ever reached the 5 minute mark during a presentation, turned to the person next to you and inquired “What on earth is he on about?” I’m sure you have. Me too. There can be several reasons for this confusion. Let’s look at them, or more...
10
JUN
2012

Briefing Your Master of Ceremonies

Your company conference, office party, or any other business function is not only a costly affair in terms of outlay, but a huge logistical task requiring months of planning. Whether it’s a showcase for your clients or a treat for your staff, it remains a massive PR...
16
APR
2012

It’s A Set-Up!

No matter how well you’ve prepared your presentation, there is a point at which your time has run out. When the minutes start counting down and you have just an hour before you’re due to go live, where exactly will you be? You can be in a relaxed state, well prepared,...
13
DEC
2011

9 Key Slide Show Tips

These tips come from years of not only training and coaching presentation skills delegates, but assessing them too. These are easily the most basic errors that inexperienced presenters make on their visuals. These errors have a catastrophic impact on audience perception and apart...
13
DEC
2011

Should I Care About What I Wear?

In a word, yes, because your audience will see you before they hear you. Therefore their first impression will be about how you look. Once you speak, your words and tone of voice will rapidly temper their opinion. However, once you’ve finished, the lasting impression you leave...
13
DEC
2011

Look After Your Voice

The possibility of losing your voice before a speech or presentation rates right up there as one of the greatest fears facing presenters and facilitators. The voice is a powerful but fragile instrument capable of the finest and most subtle nuances. We should really be looking...
13
DEC
2011

Rafael Nadal and the #1 Presentation Fear.

It is accepted by many presentation skills practitioners that the fear of making a fool of oneself is central to all other fears. The specific one I wish to address here is mentioned regularly during programmes or lectures that I’ve delivered – the fear of addressing high level...
13
DEC
2011

Slide Show Sludge. Urgh!

[info]Is your slide show achieving what you intended? What if it isn’t…[/info] Your slides are supposed to help you make a better presentation. For most of us it does the opposite. Here’s why: Psychologically most of us create a slide show to help us stay on track....