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Impromptu

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech (Mark Twain)

Or…….how to sound like you are talking off the top of your head! Here are three ways to approach a presentation:     Are you a control freak?  Script a presentation (& slides) to within an inch of your life.  Learn it. Repeat it until it is embedded in your head and you can press […]

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If you don’t even get up and try – of course you can’t present! Four stages on the route to be a good presenter & to speaking in public with confidence and clarity

On a recent two day Presentation Skills for Phenomenal Women, one of the delegates said on day one, ‘ I just can’t do this.  How do you manage to do it so naturally and confidently?’ What would her response have been if I had said, ‘ Well… I was born with this skill and as […]

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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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Wise Words – can Churchill teach us anything about public speaking in the modern world?

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears & sweat (Sir Winston Churchill) Ask most people to name a famous Great British orator and they will say Sir Winston Churchill.  Look through any list of famous quotes in the last couple of centuries and they will come up with some from Churchill without a […]

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Wise Words – six essential presentation techniques we can learn from great speakers…

Does your heart ever sink when you hear a speaker start talking about operational timetables, strategic plans or project milestones? Not because these aren’t important but because you KNOW that you are going to have to sit through a barrage of facts, figures and,usually, bullet points! Here is an excerpt from one of Dr. Martin […]

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