There’s quite a lot of evidence that we’re very susceptible animals – easily programmed. (My experience is that we’re depressingly almost as easy to train as dogs – and if you do it right that’s pretty easy!) If you’re not sure, just think of how … Continue readingPresentation environments – and the presentation creation process
I’ve been working in more cities than there are days in the week recently. I’ve seen more training rooms than friends 🙂 (Fortunately that’s changed this week in case you cared! 🙂 ). That got me thinking however, about how the different rooms affect presentations. … Continue readingThree room layouts for presentations
At 05:30 I’m not at my best. Despite that I was up, cleaned, dressed and out in time to be at the Sage, Gateshead by 06:15 and in my seat by 06:30. Yes, really. AM. Errrrr… why? Simple really – my wife and I had … Continue readingWhat BBC radio tells us about making better presentations
Cautionary note – this particular presentations blog is a bit of a personal rant, not the usual fact-based stuff I do. 🙂 I attended a networking/coaching session recently where I was the guest speaker. To save blushes I’ll not name the organisation, but there were … Continue readingSerious presentation mistakes… aka Presentation unconscious incompetence
One of the biggest issues I face when I do presentation skills training are ‘the SYDs’. Syd is a nice chap, I’m sure but it stands for Slow You Down. A SYD is anything that gets in the way of you getting better at what … Continue readingHow to write presentations quickly
Please, forgive me the brag but I’m rather pleased with this bunch of feedback 🙂
I like podcasts. I use them a lot to mean that time which would otherwise be dead and unproductive (I have a regular three hour drive to a set of gigs, for example) is now useful. I’m also a fan of Dan Pink. He’s a … Continue readingA fan-boy rave 🙂
I love the TES – the articles are an easy read but written by people who know what they’re doing. Admittedly a lot of it isn’t relevant to making presentations (because it’s a magazine for teachers!) but they do cover a lot of stuff on … Continue readingGetting longer attention in your presentations
I’ve just spent some time working with some ‘early years’ researchers. Given that a research career last for a very long time (mine was quite short at 24 years!) in part because it takes a looooong time to get going (ten years in and you’re … Continue readingPresentations for academics (and other hard core experts!)
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 mistakes on your slides can give people who don’t want to listen or … Continue readingProofing (and otherwise checking) your 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 huge majority of attendees were from charities and so on. We … Continue readingLast Friday’s presentation
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 presenters are no longer attempting to kill their audiences by … Continue readingThe end of death by powerpoint?
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 presentation makes it more likely to do that. After all, shooing an arrow … Continue readingPresentation targeting – the three by three
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 podcast with Ian Farrar a little while … Continue readingMore of me, somewhere else!
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 either red wine or white? shall I … Continue readingPresentations after my holiday