Before I was a presentation skills trainer – not quite in my youth – I spent about seven years touring as the technical director of a dance company. I learned a lot from them to do with discipline and hard work. I … Continue readingPresentations and moving
A bit of a change here in this blog! This is a a guest post from Meetupcall and therefore very different from the usual presentation genius stuff! At Meetupcall, they’ve been looking at some famous speakers from history and sharing their thoughts on … Continue readingSkills of Historic speakers
Once upon a time I was taking instruction on playing the piano with a view to becoming a professional pianist. I never got that far (I was never that good, not even close!) but it gave me an interesting perspective on how … Continue readingHow to present better: Presentation stage management
Your brain is a wonderful thing. Some brains are more wonderful than others, of course (such as my wife’s) And people have been researching how they work for a long time. Even before neuro-science became popular (or even possible!), people were looking … Continue readingHow much can tell your audience in a presentation?
I’ve been writing and providing presentation wisdom(?) for a few other people recently! Here are two for the marking guys Andrew&Pete. Firstly, here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at using powerpoint templates. (Caution – large does of sarcasm are involved) https://www.andrewandpete.com/powerpoint-templates/ And more recently … Continue readingPresentation blogs for other folks!
If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard someone complain about seeing themselves present on video, just look at themselves on a photograph, or even listen to a recording of their own voice… well I’d be rich enough not to … Continue readingWhy do people hate seeing and hearing their own presentations?
You’re known to have good presentation skills, so you’ve been volunteered… It’s coming up to that time of year again – the one when you have to do ‘reviews’… presentations which look back on how the year has gone… that sort of … Continue readingPresentation skills for reviews
In the last couple of posts, I’ve talked about: why literal scripts aren’t a good idea for your presentation; and a few things you can do instead of using a script while you present. Now it’s time to wrap up the series … Continue readingLearning your presentation
In the previous post in this series, I looked at why presentations without scripts were generally not a such a good thing. This time, I’m looking at what you can do instead. Why do you want a script for your presentation? The … Continue readingPresentations without scripts?
I’m a member of an online support group, where there’s been a conversation recently about whether or not scripts are a good thing in presentations. Early opinion was divided – some said “scripts are a good thing in presentations” and there was … Continue readingPresentations with scripts. Good, bad or ugly?
Cicely Berry died on the 15th of October this year (2018). This is not an obituary because she needs me to add to the pile of adulation in the same way as Jeff Bezos (net worth $112b) needs my spare fiver. On … Continue readingPresentations in the style of Berry
Presentation software “Prezi” recently ‘upgraded’ to Prezi Next. The original is now called Prezi Classic. (I reviewed it on the old presentation skills blog a while ago.) New users can’t get to Prezi Classic and presentations made on Prezi Classic won’t play … Continue readingPrezi Next
A friend of mine was recently not chosen to speak at a TEDx conference (to preserve everyone’s blushes I won’t tell you which TEDx they were, because you’ll laugh at them). That’s no big deal as there are more wanna-be speakers for … Continue readingPresentations – don’t get ‘feedback’
Being able to move around when you make a presentation is a god-send. I’m not suggesting you wander around as you present, but being able to move around and not being tied to your laptop gives you a lot of options. Remote … Continue readingControlling slides in your presentations
If you’ve not heard the phrase “jumped the shark” it means to have gone so far down the line that things have become silly, past their best and so on. It comes from (I’ve been told) and episode in Happy Days when … Continue readingTED presentations – jumped the shark?