11
DEC
2017

Presentations: Cut The Trash

Presentations can be scary. but don’t be fooled into thinking that preparing and delivering them is the only scary part. Having to sit through them can be even more daunting! Reasons include poor preparation, poor delivery, content overload, inadequate logistics or very bad...
13
NOV
2017

Presentations: The #1 Reason For Failure

If you’re finding that your business presentations aren’t getting you results, there could be many reasons why. But there is one that stands out above the rest, and it has nothing to do with your delivery. It’s simply this: Have you done your homework? Generally, presentations...
20
OCT
2017

Did You Just Refuse The Offer Of a Microphone?

You’re about to speak to a group and you’re offered a microphone. Strangely, many people politely decline such a thoughtful offer – a reflex response, without giving the question much thought: “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine – thanks!” But chances are they won’t be fine. So in your...
17
MAY
2016

Presentations: To Move Or Not To Move?

One of the key differentiators between presenters is the way they utilise space. That’s one of the reasons I like to see the venue in advance if possible, because the available space determines the extent of my movement when in action. In a narrow room using slides with a table...
27
APR
2016

Presentations? I’d Rather Die

The single biggest barrier to public speaking of any kind, be it keynotes to business presentations is in our minds. From ancient times it’s been quite natural to sit around at meals or other times and converse naturally and freely. It’s not difficult to have a conversation on...
25
APR
2016

Presentations: The BIG Problem With Perfection

Observing a flawless presentation is indeed wonderful, but extremely unusual – an experience that many of us never seem to have. Thats because it almost never happens. It’s more likely that you’ve seen several near flawless presentations, or some really good ones with few...
02
JUN
2015

Presentations: Why You Must Get Organised

More presentations are messed up by poor organisation than by inadequate preparation. How can one substantiate such a statement? Quite easily actually, because you are usually asked to present on a topic with which you are familiar, so even if short on preparation, your knowledge...
19
FEB
2015

Idiotic Podium-Speak You Should Avoid

The best way to get your message across and secure your objective is to say what you mean. This is best done by speaking clearly and using simple language. You’d think that should be easy. It seems it is not. Far too many folk think that the podium is the ideal opportunity to...
22
OCT
2014

Presentations: You’re ON in 60 minutes

Savvy presenters understand that the hour prior to going live is more stressful than the presentation itself. With your preparation and rehearsals behind you, you’re dealing with last minute issues such as arriving at the venue on time and organising your set up. Hopefully, the...
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...
23
AUG
2011

Why Should They Buy You?

If two suppliers offered exactly the same product of exactly the same quality and colour at exactly the same price, and you could only choose one, who would you choose? Most people would choose neither. When people have the choice, they choose what they perceive, in a split...
23
AUG
2011

What Is A Presentation?

What is a presentation? We broadly define a presentation as an opportunity to convince an audience of an idea, concept or product. What size constitutes an audience? An audience can be anything from one to an infinite number of people. So, can an audience be one person? Yes it...