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Why we keep hearing dreadful presentations…

Well…my last post seemed to ruffle a few feathers. I have received so many comments (mainly agreeing) about some dreadful presentations people have had to attend and lots of examples.  There was the OFSTED expert, teaching teachers of all people, who wouldn’t have passed his own professional body’s exacting standards of communication.  There have been the Mumblers, the Arrogant Articulators, the […]

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Oh no not another professional robot speaking! – how to be a personable and professional presenter

One of the questions I am often asked about presenting is how to allow your personality to shine through but at the same time remain professional and in control. In fact someone said to me the other day that he was very much aware that when he spoke up in presentations, all his personality drained […]

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6 top questions to ask yourself if you are using Powerpoint…

People do get their knickers in a twist when it comes to using PowerPoint! At Speaking Club this week it only took one person to say how exasperated they were at the standard of Powerpoint being used to set off a whole animated discussion about PowerPoint ‘hates’! And yet the group were honest enough to […]

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Six things to remember if your presentation goes pear shape!(including when your skirt splits!)

  Delivering a powerful presentation that is clear and compelling and results in action is the aim of the game.  And sometimes it doesn’t quite go to plan.  Here are some of the things that have happened to me in the past:   I have got completely the wrong end of the stick – the […]

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Five ways you can avoid the common pitfalls of irrelevance, boring and death by PowerPoint

The definition of insanity is to keep on doing the same things & expecting a different result (Albert Einstein) Once again I recently asked a group of learners what they hated about presentations.  And once again they came up with a familiar list of ‘hates’.  PowerPoint came up more than once, monotone voice, ‘cheesy’ presenters […]

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I’ve lost my presentation…what do I do? What to do if you forget to save your presentation slides.

I saw a frantic and desperate message on Facebook this weekend from a lovely lady who was preparing for a presentation she was giving on Sunday just gone. Oh ********k! I am so upset i could throw up! Normally wld transfer onto hard drive but saved presentation on laptop…which now refuses to start up Rescue […]

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Delivering effective business presentations – Ten things your audience will never say

I have written before that the standard of business presentations is pretty poor.  In fact the three characteristics of most business presentations are predictability, too much information and Death by PowerPoint.  I wonder how much time is wasted in meetings and events listening (or even sleeping) to dull, irrelevant and mind-numbing presentations?  By the way […]

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Could you present on anything?

Someone asked me today whether I could present on any topic given sufficient research. My immediate response was ‘maybe!’ But then I went and thought more carefully about my answer. In my coaching and training I often work with individuals with the structure and language of their presentations. And sometimes they will laugh and say […]

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