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Creating a new ‘look’ for your presentation – a lesson from my wardrobe!

I saw a great blog the other day about the importance of having a capsule wardrobe.  This has long been an ideal of mine: I say ideal because anyone who knows me knows that I am like most other people with a wardrobe full of favourite items, items too small/large, fashion items woefully out of […]

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Oh how we hate making a fool of ourselves! Lessons for adding some oomph into our presentations.

Working with a client recently reminded me of doing a jigsaw puzzle. We had most of the pieces there but it wasn’t quite making the full picture! The words were there (carefully crafted, elegantly sequenced, engagingly engineered).                             The will was there […]

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‘Well that’s an hour gone I will never get back’ – how to avoid losing your audience

Ever thought, ‘ where is this argument going?’, ‘what the heck is he saying?’, ‘The Lord help me – I’ve lost the will to live’, then you have almost certainly been on the receiving end of lack of clarity! Where there is lack of clarity then we will follow a fairly predictable path of confusing, […]

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Me? An expert? Nah…there’s lots more people know lots more than me, surely?

Sometimes when I am delivering a presentation or training session I will ask people whether they are experts.  There will always be one person who puts up their hand quickly, confidently and as high as it goes.  But what about the rest of the audience?  Well, some people half raise their hand hiding it under […]

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Shh…a word in your ear!

I was having coffee with a friend this morning and we started talking about a mutual acquaintance who unfortunately is having a tough time with illness.  My friend talked about how this lady was getting her head down and dealing with it, looking forward to getting through it and resuming normal life again soon. 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 – 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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