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Does your audience want to fast-forward you?

August 6, 2013
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Maybe I’ve got spoiled by my TV set-top box but, in so many of the presentations I’ve attended recently, I would love to have a remote-control with a fast-forward button! I’m sure you know what I mean – you really want to hear the useful and valuable information that the speaker has to offer. But [...]

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The sobering truth about what an audience remembers

September 28, 2011
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Last week I spent three awesome days at the Presentation Summit. In this post, I want to explore what audience members remember from a presentation, using the first three keynotes of the conference as my examples. I asked as many people as I could what they remembered from each of these keynotes. This was an [...]

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10 tips for overcoming the fear of being bold

May 17, 2011
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I’m working on being bold – whether it’s in a one on one conversation or in a presentation. In the past, I’ve often watered down what I say to avoid upsetting anyone. And I’m not alone. Many of the people that I coach are concerned about being bold. As a result, they dilute their message [...]

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

February 14, 2011
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I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet. It’s a very challenging format which can take forever [...]

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6 Secrets to get People to Take Action after your Presentation

January 19, 2011
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How can you increase the likelihood that people will take action after your presentation? Chip and Dan Heath reveal many of the secrets in their latest book Switch. I’ve added a few more tips that I’ve learnt over my years presenting and training. 1. Script the critical move Tell people exactly what you want them [...]

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Mindmapping your Presentation: Are you Making this Mistake?

November 3, 2010

In the past month I’ve sat through three presentations by professional speakers. They were all planned by mindmapping. None of these presentations reached their potential. Here are the flaws the presentations suffered from: They had no unifying theme. They jumped around from one subtopic to another. They covered a lot of issues. So many different [...]

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6 reasons you shouldn’t give an overview presentation

October 29, 2010

Garr Reynolds said you can’t go both deep and wide in a presentation. A deep presentation explores one aspect of a topic in depth, whereas a wide presentation gives an overview of the entire topic. I agree with Garr, but would go one step further – deep is better than wide (see also Jon Thomas’s [...]

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

October 13, 2010

In my last post, I argued that you already have attention at the start of your presentation. The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into [...]

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

October 2, 2010

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation” as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner” (pictured right). Heaps of questions were asked and despite three breaks for questions, I didn’t get to answer all of them. [...]

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The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

September 23, 2010

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week. The webinar is [...]

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