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Great Examples of Corporate Prezis – well done

November 18, 2015

We love role models. They show us what to do, they don’t just lecture. Prezi is a great tool if you know how to create and present messages already Here are some simple examples of Prezi well used.  If you’re using the software or thinking of using it, this is how it is best done. […]

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New Podcast Episode – why are most presentations in business life so bad?

May 29, 2015

In this podcast Jim asks why so many presentations that we see in the business world are so bad, and what can be done about it?  He looks at a recent survey that asked senior managers in the UK’s most successful businesses for their views on presentations and analyses why they might be so negative […]

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Prezi comes of age – The geeks have grown up.

March 31, 2015

Prezi has been around for years now. I’ve used it lots for pitches and presentations and we’ve built a big chunk of global business over the last few years designing Prezis for massive businesses like JP Morgan, Mercer and State Street to use. I’ve been a fan of Prezi and a critic at the same […]

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5 other things that presenters should never do…

March 2, 2015

In a previous post I gave a short set of reasons why presenters should never, never, never use a laser pointer, when they stand up to speak.  Why? Because it makes them look incompetent, and the audience could work out what it was they wanted them to look at specifically if the slide wasn’t – A […]

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What can TV teach professional presenters – 3 pieces of FREE Presentation Advice

June 5, 2013

The latest in our series of expert guest posters comes from Roger Kethcart. Roger is an entertainment writer by trade, but his intellectual curiosity knows no bounds.  His interest in rhetoric and public speaking started in college when he took Latin and was introduced to Cicero, the Roman philosopher, who though dead, added life to Roger. […]

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Janine Shepherd’s TED Talk

March 1, 2013

Janine Shepherd’s 18 minute TED talk is truly inspiring, and not only because her story is incredibly moving, tragic and brilliant. For public speakers, it is a master-class in drawing your audience in to your story. In fact, I’d recommend everybody watch this video – we could all learn a lot about becoming better story […]

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Patsy Rodenburg’s Three Circles of Energy

February 13, 2013

As presenters, we can learn a lot from actors who stand up to speak to hundreds of people each night. Patsy Rodenburg is a famous acting coach, and her idea of us having ‘three circles of energy’ describes how we use all have and use different ‘energy’, which in turn affects our actions and voice […]

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One Minute MBA – Fit, Flair, Focus Analysis

January 23, 2013

In this series, we analyse a videos of presentations or speeches and highlight the ways they do and don’t follow our Fit, Focus and Flair presentation framework. This will help you to think in terms of Fit, Focus and Flair, and uncover hidden potentials for improving mediocre, good and even great speeches. Today’s presentation is a […]

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Garr Reynolds on Stories, Videos and Keynote

November 14, 2012

On Tuesday evening, I experienced two firsts: I went to the Apple store on Oxford Road (enormous, trendy and grand), and I saw the brilliant Garr Reynolds speak. If you’re not familiar, Garr is the author of the ‘Presentation Zen’ books – a must read for anyone who ever makes slides, writes speeches, or presents […]

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Steve Jobs- more furious than passionate. So what?

December 28, 2011

In my last post I talked about the pointlessness of passion.  And here are a few speakers who were brilliant with no discernible passion… Because it’s my opinion (and only an opinion) that- If you look at the most often mentioned ‘great speakers’ you’ll sometimes find passion, but more often you’ll find other things that […]

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Bullshit Bingo- Ed Miliband’s bargain basement speech

October 3, 2011

Here’s a lovely trashing of Ed Miliband’s conference speech last week. It’s by the elegantly uptight Martin Shovel and if you haven’t visited his blog yet.  Please do, it’s really rather good.  Here’s his view. Ed Miliband’s bargain basement speech. I thought Ed’s speech was like the worst ever bullshit bingo entrant. Someone in the […]

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How original are you?

September 27, 2011

My occasional and much admired colleague, Charles Crawford, shows how using metaphor to make a powerful point, but gently, is an art that never loses it’s impact done well. To do it we have to understand 3 things- That metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar […]

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