Because of the Corona Virus, lots of people are asking me for urgent help with their online presentations. I’ve put some more detailed thoughts at the bottom of this post. One of the most popular apps for getting started is Zoom. The … Continue readingonline presentations
Confession time: I’m an introvert. You’d not know it if you saw me on stage, of course, and I’ve recently been described as “a very social chatterbox, like me” but that misses the point of the real me… the me that my … Continue readingfive tactics for introvert presenters
Well, while I finally get my act together about to relaunch the (upcoming) HaveMoreImpact podcast, I’ve been busy on other people’s 🙂 By co-incidence both came out in the same week. First up is Paul Lancaster’s one-hour long (!) interview for his … Continue readingtwo podcast interviews about presentations
It’s not just presenters who feel the pinch of nerves! Chatting about the Commonwealth Games a while ago, my friend Alan Stevens posted on the Professional Speaking Association’s Facebook group a comment from one of the shooters, saying that they didn’t feel under pressure … Continue readingUsing apples to handle presentation nerves
One of the recurring questions when I do live training is “how to sound interesting during presentations“. Well one part of the problem is that people sometimes think that their content is boring, so they protect themselves from how the audience will … Continue readingHow to sound interesting in presentations: by telling the toucan
This is a bit of a personal-reaction blog, because a lot of people are asking me about how to make presentations or have meetings for that matter in rooms where there are lots of distractions. (Dedicated presentation-spaces are few and far between!) … Continue readinghandling distractions in your presentations
You might have heard of the VAK model – the idea that people are either Visual Learners, Aural Learners or Kinesthetic Learners. It’s largely tosh and what you should be doing is matching the medium (V, A or K) to the message, … Continue readingWhat are good visuals in your presentation
As Saturday, June 1st is officially #SaySomethingNiceDay, I thought it might be “interesting” to research (and blog about!) something I’ve personally always found difficult – how to give feedback on a presentation. As that’s a significant part of my work as a … Continue readingHow to give feedback about a presentation
This post comes in two parts. Part one is about not starting with any “why” at all and the second part is about not starting your presentation with your “why”. The start of your presentation isn’t the right time to tell people … Continue readingPresentations – don’t start with why! Simon sinek was sort of wrong!
It’s nearly conference season, so here we go… I have to confess I’ve been driven to write this so that I can sleep better and let my frustrations somewhere to go. Last year I attended some conferences where I wanted to scream … Continue readingMake a better conference 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?
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 … Continue readingProofing (and otherwise checking) your presentation
What’s the five day challenge? It’s a set of emails, one a day for five days. There’s cracking material in the emails and what’s more, they’ll signpost you to content both specially created for the challenge and part of our bigger training … Continue readingFive Day Challenge – are you ready?