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Presentation skills

6 Presentation Links Worth Clicking

January 15, 2012
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When I was in the States last year, I met up with Nancy Duarte… and she interviewed me. She’s now written up the interview on her blog. Find out more about my story and why I’m passionate about helping people be better presenters – and particularly helping people overcome the fear of public speaking. Here’s [...]

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The two types of presenter: which are you?

August 26, 2011

This is a post written by Tony Burns, my partner and co-trainer. There are two types of people in the world – those who divide the world into two types of people, and those who don’t. I’m one of the former. I find models useful – they show distinctions that can help explain and predict [...]

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The 5 Bad Habits of Experienced Speakers

June 2, 2011
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I’ve been through a long journey (25 years) of developing as a speaker. I started off shy, nervous and tentative. Now I’m a high energy, animated speaker and I love connecting, laughing, riffing with an audience. But along the way I’ve picked up some bad habits. Attending Doug Stevenson’s Story Theater Retreat helped me identify [...]

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How to turn your story into a movie

May 24, 2011
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When Tony and I were in America we attended a Story Theater Retreat with professional speaker Doug Stevenson. This is a two-and-a-half-day workshop focusing on crafting and refining just one story, but at the same time teaching you a process that you can apply to all of your stories. Each retreat has just four participants [...]

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The first five stages of speaker development

February 6, 2011

I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her [...]

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Two live presentation events that will enrich your presentations – and your life

January 31, 2011

If you live in the States, there are some excellent live events coming this spring. There’s also an opportunity to win a free ticket, so read on: Hook Presentation Conference This conference has an impressive line up of keynote speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk, Scott Stratten and Michael Hyatt. These are people who are highly successful entrepreneurs, [...]

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The 7 Triggers that will Fascinate your Audience

November 13, 2010

Sally Hogshead has written Fascinate – a book exploring the seven triggers that fascinate people. In this post, I explore how the triggers can be used when you’re presenting. These triggers have tremendous power and executed skilfully will compel your audience to listen to you. But execute  in a hamfisted way, and not only will [...]

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

September 30, 2010

I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville. In particular I wanted to get to grips with the difference between a face to face presentation and a webinar. Here are [...]

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How to Master the Inner Game of Presenting

September 7, 2010

The way that you think and feel about presenting – “the inner game” – has a profound effect on your success as a presenter and speaker. The term “inner game” was coined by Timothy Gallwey in his classic book “The Inner Game of Tennis”: “There is always an inner game being played in your mind [...]

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Hear live from 8 presentation experts without leaving your home

September 3, 2010

Ellen Finkelstein has organized a series of webinar presentations with a great line up of presenters. And not only will you not have any travel and accommodation costs, the webinars themselves are free! To sign up for the webinars go to this webpage: Outstanding Presentations Workshop. Each webinar will be at 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT, [...]

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