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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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Ooh – aren’t some people rude? Do you have ‘naughty’ audiences when you give a presentation?

Ooh, aren’t some people rude?  Sometimes I wish I could write some rules for how audiences should behave themselves.* I have done further in this post Twice this week, people have asked me about how to deal with some specific situations when they were speaking.  One poor soul had to deliver a presentation to a […]

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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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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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