Proofing (and otherwise checking) your presentation

Creating a presentation is one thing – checking it is another. (Notice that I don't say 'writing' your presentation, because you shouldn't be thinking that way.) The painful fact is, however, that m … [Read more...]

Last Friday’s presentation

Last Friday I ran a half day presentation skills training course, largely as part of our Social Responsibility Programme. I sold enough tickets, commercially, to pay for the venue and so on but the … [Read more...]

The end of death by powerpoint?

Here’s a rock ’n’ roll idea, though it’s only my opinion... The days of Death by PowerPoint are over. I’d like to pretend that’s because presentations have got better all over the world and that pre … [Read more...]

Presentation targeting – the three by three

I believe presentations should change something - otherwise they're just a pastime. So, things that improve the likelihood of change are good (all other things being equal ;) ).  And targeting your … [Read more...]

More of me, somewhere else!

Lets play. Let's play a game of "let's pretend".     Specifically "let's pretend you want to hear me instead of reading me".  Well here's your chance.   Here's a fun chat I did on the Industry Angel po … [Read more...]

Presentations after my holiday

My voice went lower in Spain.  Don't get me wrong, it's not 'cos it was Spain, specifically, just that I was there for a week to do nothing. Just recharge. The toughest decision I'd have to make was … [Read more...]

Charity Presentations 2

Welcome back. Part one is here. ;) So now we know the problems faced by charities in their presentations, what's the solution? To be honest and brutal, they're not very different from the ones faced … [Read more...]

Charity Presentations

At the risk of being obvious and boring, I'm going to split this blog into two, big parts.This week it's why charities need to be particularly good at presenting, and then their particular … [Read more...]

Using videos in presentations

There’s a group on Facebook called Speakers’ Corner. In it there are some interesting conversations between professional speakers (and would-be professional speakers). Before you rush off there, let me … [Read more...]

Personal stories in your presentations: Scars not scabs

"Scars not scabs" is a phrase I picked up of Episode 115 of Beth Below's "Introvert Entrepreneur" podcast where Beth is chatting to Esther Choy of the Leadership Story Lab. It rang a bell with me … [Read more...]

Make a presentation about anything you like, Simon

I’ve had a few invitations to speak recently (some paid, some asking for a favour), and it struck me that when I followed up and said “Okay, what about?” and unusually high number said something like “ … [Read more...]

Presentations and the illusion of truth

Put simply, the illusion of truth is that we (by which I mean people!) have a tendency to belief/trust those things which are familiar. It doesn't have to be true for that to work, we just have to … [Read more...]

Small Simon talks about Science – using metaphors in presentations

Yeah - sorry!  This is late... but hopefully you'll forgive me when you see the output and have a giggle while you learn  ;) Introducing Small Simon, who's talking about using metaphors in your p … [Read more...]

Using your deadtime for better presentations

I’m writing this on a train. For me, that’s quite unusual, because I tend to use train journeys for consuming content rather than creating it. In part that’s because it’s easier to read my kindle or li … [Read more...]

TES time for presenting

The TES (Times Educational Supplement) on June 2nd, 2017 has a cracker of an article. Dylan Wiliam talks sense about how people (well, school pupils!) learn. Now, given how much tosh is put about by … [Read more...]