Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – we want to make a good impression when we present. Maybe the boss is there, or maybe it’s our first presentation in a new job… perhaps it’s just that you want to give a … Continue readingHow to sound smart in presentations
Jargon has a bad press – and in very many ways thats for good reason. We’re constantly told not to use jargon in our presentations but that’s simplistic advice from trainers trying to sound good with cool-sounding-tips. BadVice alert! Let’s look at … Continue readingWhen to use jargon in your presentations
Let’s talk about your presentation’s impact. (Oh, and if you’d rather watch video than read, skip to the bottom of this blog – I’ve recorded to very short ones for you.) I wanna differentiate between first, second and third-order impacts – so … Continue readingYour presentation’s three levels of impact
Let’s be clear, there’s no silver bullet. If fantastic presentations were as easy as we hope, I’d be out of a job… but while the how you do things is more complicated, the what you should should do to get better presentations … Continue readingBetter presentations – the simple three part model to make them
There’s something about being perfect that set’s people’s teeth on edge. Perhaps it’s the idea that if something is perfect it must be artificial – not authentic. It’s true both in presentation in real life. Let me give you a couple of … Continue readingImperfections in your presentations
I’m not a huge fan of “the X secrets to…” for anything. Inevitably the real world is more complicated than the blog post with that kind of title has suggested. Maybe it’s me, but it seems that posts like that always finish … Continue readingThe four Ts of top presentations
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
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?
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
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’
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
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