23
AUG
2011

Constructive Criticism

In truth it’s an Oscar Wilde quote that touches the heart of what we’re all afraid of, but desperately need – constructive criticism. “A true friend stabs you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde. Others will see what we can not see objectively no...
23
AUG
2011

Rules of Dress Code

Do your homework: Your selection of the correct attire for a presentation will go a long way in making you feel at ease at the start of your presentation. But what is the correct attire? Try to establish ahead of time how the majority of your audience will be attired, and dress...
23
AUG
2011

The Essence of Persuasion

The most important thing… We spend most of our preparation time putting together the structure of our presentation and creating a visually pleasing show. What we should be spending most of our time on is ourselves. Because no slide show can persuade. Only you can do that.
23
AUG
2011

Try Getting Mad

Believing you can [2]. Stop and think of the significance of this statement for a moment: All people can talk when they get mad – Dale Carnegie. It follows then that we speak best when we lose our inhibitions. If nervousness is one of your barriers to public speaking, this...
23
AUG
2011

Presenting/Sales

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.
23
AUG
2011

Believing You Can

The most important tool you can give yourself for pulling off a successful meeting or presentation is trust in your own ability grounded in self belief. In some, this happens quickly, in others it takes a little longer. But through patience, practice and perseverance this...
23
AUG
2011

Personality Over technology

The best, the second best, and the worst. The worst thing ever invented for presentations is the electronic visual presentation, better known as Death-by-PowerPoint, although it may just as easily be Freelance Graphics. Of course, I’m really referring to electronic visuals...
23
AUG
2011

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…

I offer to you, in the words of William Shakespeare the main reason why it makes sense to practice your presentation before a mirror prior to unleashing yourself on an audience: And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly...
23
AUG
2011

About Those Nerves…

So often when I chat to someone before they attend presentation training, I get told something seemingly unique to that one person: “You know what my problem is? I just feel so nervous and intimidated, especially when I’m talking to senior people.” Well this may...
23
AUG
2011

Eye Contact

Do you want to know the most effective means to win your audience over – whether you’re speaking to one person or one hundred? Make eye contact – frequently and warmly. It is natural to favour the people in front of you with more eye contact than the rest of...
19
JUL
2011

Dress Code

There seems to be a growing debate as to whether or not presentation dress code is becoming less formal or not. This could depend on where you are presenting (country, place), and who you’re presenting to (audience). Faced with this question, a little research can solve the...