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Presentations – an opportunity to snooze..or has the Speaker got the measure of you?

Think of a recent presentation you attended.  How involved did you get in that presentation?  Did it make you think?  Did it make you do something?  Did you feel something? If the answer to those questions was YES, then the chances are you will remember the content and may have cause to draw on it […]

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This is why I didn’t walk out of your presentation…

It is everyone’s worst nightmare isn’t it?  You are delivering a presentation and during the course of it 5 people walk out. Of course there could be a valid and reasonable explanation: they realised they were in the wrong presentation, they needed the loo, they had just received an urgent phone call because their budgie […]

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This is why people don’t listen to you in your presentations!

Look, you ask me why people don’t listen you in your presentations.  Why they snooze, dose, check their phones and chat to their neighbours. Why they stare glassy-eyed and passive.  Why they sink further into their seats and look nervously at their watches. Well here are some of the reasons: 1. You just haven’t thought of […]

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Should I tell a personal story in a presentation?

Some one asked me recently whether they should tell their personal story in a presentation. He was concerned that it might not be relevant, that people might not be interested and that he would be vulnerable by sharing such information. My answer was ‘Yes…with provisos’. Stories are powerful ways of sharing with others your experiences. […]

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Why do we meekly accept poor presentations? We get what we reward & until we vote with our feet and our feedback we will continue to get boring & incompetent presentations

I attended a conference summit last week and as is the way of these things was treated to a range of different presentations from the dull and predictable to the inspiring and informational. From the ‘scripted and read’ to the flowing and enthusiastic. There were lively and competent panels ably compered…there were Death by PowerPoint […]

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Engaging Presentations

Enjoy it when people heckle? Or maybe you prefer it it if you are picked out as a volunteer – ways to involve your audience in a presentation

I was working with a private client this week and was delighted that she had done some research before we met: she had asked her three young sons (10, 8 and 5) what they most enjoyed about a good presentation (in their limited school experience) Son #1 said he thought it was great if someone […]

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Oh no not another professional robot speaking! – how to be a personable and professional presenter

One of the questions I am often asked about presenting is how to allow your personality to shine through but at the same time remain professional and in control. In fact someone said to me the other day that he was very much aware that when he spoke up in presentations, all his personality drained […]

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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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