18
JAN
2021

Presentation: 7 most common rookie mistakes

ivered hundreds of presentation skills courses and assessments since 1999, written over 100 articles and a book on the topic, Trudi and I understand the most common pitfalls that most aspirant presenters plunge into regularly. Many of these pitfalls apply to experienced...
24
NOV
2020

Harness your presentation anxiety

This article explains the root causes of speech anxiety and provides tips on what you can do to turn it to your advantage.P There are several good reasons why aspirant presenters seek coaching or attend training. The premise is that speaking to more than one person is harder than...
14
MAY
2020

Video conferencing: ’60 minutes before’ logistics check

Presenters usually know their content, but often forget to rehearse. But when they get caught out, it's usually down to logistics. Here's how to avoid that pitfall.
13
DEC
2019

Presentation: Setting Up – The Final Step

Having done the hard yards – preparation, practice, fine tuning of visuals and your final check there are just a few more thing left to do: you need to get there on time, set up properly and deliver. This can often be the time that a very well rehearsed presentation can...
21
AUG
2019

Content Lures, Performance Delights

When you are asked to speak to an audience there’s an assumption that you know enough about the topic to do it justice. The audience will assume that you can at least strike an appropriate balance between confirming what they know and adding some juicy – and relevant...
11
JUN
2019

Can You Present Without Visuals?

The answer to this question is yes, but how do you do it and what, if any are the benefits? Slide shows are a modern innovation. Overhead projectors only went mainstream in the 1980’s, 35mm slides a few years later and data projectors after the turn of the century. One would...
22
MAY
2019

Presentations: Can You Gesture Too Much?

My Hall of Fame Speaker friend Alvin Law, CSP* from Alberta, Canada, was born without arms. I’ve heard him speak several times. It takes quite a mental adjustment to get used to someone standing on a stage sprouting forth so confidently with no gestures whatsoever. As a child...
13
SEP
2018

Presentations: Advance Check, Avoid Crash And Burn

This article is primarily for presenters using technology * What is the Advance Check and why do you need to do one? You need to do it because it ensures that the hours of effort you’ve put into your preparation and rehearsal is not undone by needless logistical problems. So what...
05
MAY
2018

Presentations: Why Eye Contact Is Critical

Whether you’re chatting to one person or presenting to many, your authenticity will be established quickly – and instinctively. How? They’ll be watching you. Without consciously realising it, listeners will measure your levels of believability by the quality and...
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...