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How to avoid the emergency stop…crafting a clear end to your presentation

My nephew has just passed his driving test!   For the next few months at any rate if you are driving in Cheshire, UK, then take good care!  Talking to my Sister-in-law, the journey to get to the test wasn’t all a bed of roses.  There were many frustrating occasions where her normally calm approach and […]

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Nightmare! Your key note speaker is paralysed with fear…

A couple of months ago I was chatting to the organiser of a conference.  He was very excited about one of the speakers.  They had a great story to tell.  The subject matter was spot on for the theme of the conference.  But there was a problem.  This particular speaker was paralysed with fear.  They […]

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what landscapes and obligation have to do with presentations

I was listening to Richard Eyre the director speaking on Radio the other day. It was interesting hearing how he goes about directing a play or film from the beginning. He described it as ‘creating a landscape from scratch, with a world, people, language and activities’ This world was for the audience. It made me […]

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7 Habits of Highly Effectively Mediocre Presenters

#Habit 1  Be reactive Don’t prepare properly if at all.  Rehearse by repeating your presentation again and again in your head and perhaps by flicking through your presentation slides so that you are familiar with them.  Allow yourself to be surprised at what your words sounds like once they come outside of your head. Give […]

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Six things to do to remember what to say in a presentation…and one of them isn’t what you’d expect

The most common question I get asked about presenting has to be , ‘ How do I remember what to say next?’.  The question reveals a fear that I guess most of us have harboured at some point.  The fear of standing there and the mind going completely and utterly blank.  The dread of not […]

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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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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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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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Business Skills

What effective business skills really mean for your business

Whether you work in a large organisation or you run your business or enterprise, being able to talk effectively about your business is absolutely essential. Yes, yes, yes I hear you say but surely if you know your stuff and you believe and are passionate about it, then talking about it is natural right? Wrong!  […]

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