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Are you a ‘Point and Shoot’ kinda person or a Deliberate Designer…lessons from photography, part 2

Back in April I wrote a blog about the lessons for speaking I had learned from starting to develop my photographic skills. You can read it here. Just recently, as I continue to learn more about wielding the camera and capturing that perfect shot I have been thinking about how this relates to presentations and […]

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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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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 – 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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Too busy

I’m too busy doing a proper job to be a presenter. Or the excuses people make when they can’t be bothered to prepare

I was privileged and honoured to be a facilitator as part of the RubyStar team at The Entrepreneurial Festival run by UKti this month.  As well as supporting over 175 young entrepreneurs over three days research and develop their business ideas to pitch to judges, there was a full programme of events, expert panels, key […]

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