Just like bands that are revolutionary and have breakthrough albums, and for whom the second album is always ‘challenging’ this is a bit of a ‘challenging’ blog. Last week I gave you a pretty thorough chronology (and frankly a bit of a boring one!) … Continue readingConference presentation – a history, part 2
Part one of a two part set about a huge presentation I did recently 🙂 In this part I’ll take you through the chronology of what I did to prepare and what happened. Part two will look at what I learned 🙂 The picture is … Continue readingConference presentation – a history, part 1
Note, a version of this article was originally published on the Presentation Guru website. To slide or not to slide? Yes, I know… I’m asking for trouble here, because it’s an area fraught with some very entrenched positions. I’ve recently been reprimanded on a discussion … Continue readingPresentation question! To slide or not to slide?
I love Evernote. It’s one of the must-have apps for all my hardware. If you’re not used to it, you can’t imagine how handy it is. Take a look at their website, but to be honest, it doesn’t begin to cover the range and depth … Continue readingPresentations and Evernote
I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to inspirational presentations. All too often just firing people up without giving them the tools they need apply that energy can leave them no better off than when they started. Often, in fact, they’re worse off, … Continue readingPresentation as inspiration
Okay, let’s address the elephant in the room first. Sometimes I don’t do anything as well as I could because I’m lazy. There, I’ve said it. I like to pretend to myself I’m not actually lazy, just ‘efficient – but that’s in much the same … Continue readingWhy I don’t make my presentations as good as they could be
Last week, I talked about what presenters could learn from modern art (well, all art, but modern art in particular). I concentrated on the art itself, the bit we look at, but that’s not all there is to a piece of art. The title is … Continue readingPresentations learning from modern art… #2
Art -modern in particular – often hangs on what’s not seen. What’s not shown is filled in by the viewer. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much true of even ‘traditional’ art, too. For example, my favourite work of art is Michelangelo’s Pieta. I’ve … Continue readingPresentations – learning from modern art… #1
Foxtrot Oscar? Sorry, what? Well to be honest, I’ve just sworn. Quick badly in fact. If you know what I’ve done great, and welcome to the club. If you don’t let me explain that Foxtrot, Oscar, Whiskey and Tango are part of the phonetic alphabet … Continue readingFoxtrot Oscar presentations – or Whisky Tango Foxtrot
What’s BadVice? BadVice is the (usually well-meaning advice given by amateurs and WikiTrainers) when someone says they have a presentation coming up and want to know what to do. It’s the blind leading the blind. You’d not ask any old random stranger in the pub … Continue readingPresentations BadVice
I’ve been grinning at the humour and inventiveness of some of the banners in the women’s protest marches recently. Personally I feel that a few of them go a bit too far and that the use of bad language gives people who don’t want to … Continue readingIntroverts, marching and presentations
Who’s the Wonder Woman of presenting? Amy Cuddy. I’m bastardising her research a lot here, but the idea is that adopting certain “power poses” can greatly increase confidence and the most famous of these poses is the one typically adopted by the comic character Wonder … Continue readingIs it the end for the Wonder Woman of Presenting?
I spent very nearly two and a half decades as a university researcher. My post – in fact more or less my entire research unit, the largest social science research unit in the UK and the second most influential in the world – was funded … Continue readingMeans and ends in your presentations
If I had a pound for everyone who came to me citing the VAK model, I’d be a rich man. In case you’ve managed to avoid hearing about it, the basic idea is that people have a preference for how they take in information – … Continue readingWhy your presentation shouldn’t worry about VAK
Look, you know it, I know it and your audience knows it… Boring presentations bore your audiences and as a result, no one takes in what you’re trying to communicate. No one acts on what you’ve said, because, frankly, no one listened. And if anyone … Continue readingHow to have creative ideas for your presentations.