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’
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?
Sometimes you don’t need to say much… This is taken just before France go out to play in the World Cup Final
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 … 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 … 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 … 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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue readingPresentations for academics (and other hard core experts!)