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How to learn and remember a presentation…or an argument for not using notes in a presentation

I came across a story the other day that really made me pause and think. An elderly gentleman in his seventies had prided himself on his good memory all his working professional life. As a medical doctor and professor he had been able to learn and recall information easily and almost without thought.  As he […]

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He’s just asked for feedback on his presentation – what should I say?

Should we give people feedback on their presentations and if we do, how honest should we be? Let’s be honest, if we deliver a presentation we are not likely to get any feedback that is helpful from the majority of people in the audience.  If we say, ‘how did it go?’ the answer usually is […]

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When the worst happens…big style mess ups when presenting!

Oh dear…a teleprompter fails, nerves kick in, another presentation and presenter bites the dust.   Only this wasn’t in front of a small supportive group of people.  This was in front of cameras, clients, employees and investors.  Huge exposure.  And the subsequent social media publicity takes it to a whole other level.  Ouch. If you […]

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How useful would it be if we could control our audiences in our presentations? – 7 quick tips for a perfectly behaved audience!

Now, I am not suggesting we manipulate our audiences, put them in hypnosis or act as a mini dictator.  What I talking about here, is being aware of the impact presenters have over the energy and the behaviour of the audiences in our presentations.  Most presenters do not fully realise that the way they present, […]

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Is good enough good enough when we stand up to speak in public?

I am prepared to go out on a limb here – most people don’t need to be perfectly polished presenters.  They just need to be good enough.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying that we shouldn’t aim to design and deliver the highest quality of presentations we can.  Not am I saying that […]

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To stand out or to blend in – that is the question- A quick guide for professionals in navigating The Networker Introduction

I met a solicitor the other day at a recent networking event. We were chatting about how to use the 60 second  introduction ( sometimes known as the Creeping Ivy or Networker Introduction) to best advantage. She was relatively new to networking and as a family divorce lawyer she was aware that the service she […]

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Can you teach an old dog new trick? or what my Collie Sally can tell you about giving presentations.

A couple of weeks ago my Collie dog, Sally, was chasing a stick that I had thrown her, when the stick got stuck – in her throat.  Narrowly missing all the important blood vessels but taking the tongue with it, the stick lodged in the back of her throat.  Fortunately she survived.  After a big […]

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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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