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 – … Continue readingWhat BBC radio tells us about making better 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 … Continue readingPresentations for academics (and other hard core experts!)
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 … 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. … Continue readingPresentation targeting – the three by three
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 … Continue readingPresentations after my holiday
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 warn you that there’s also sometimes a lot of fluff and … Continue readingUsing videos in presentations
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 remember it. … Continue readingPresentations and the illusion of truth
Maya Angelou is pretty much my favourite poet. Not quite, but close. But she did write what is probably my favourite poem (Like Dust I Rise). Amongst the many things she’s famous for are pithy bits of wisdom, almost perfectly … Continue readingPresentation rehearsal – learning from Maya Angelou
This one is personal. Unusual for me there isn’t a bunch of research papers behind it (as far as I know no one has written any!) but it’s based on ten years of being a presentations trainer – not a … Continue readingBeing a Speakers vs Being a Presenter
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 … 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 … Continue readingPresentation question! To slide or not to slide?
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 … 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 … Continue readingPresentations – learning from modern art… #1
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 … 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 … Continue readingIs it the end for the Wonder Woman of Presenting?