Connecting with the audience

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Guy Kawasaki Speaks – A review from the presentation summit, New Orleans 2015

October 16, 2015

Let’s imagine what it is like to be Guy Kawasaki for a moment. He’s the captain of the ‘I once walked with Jesus’ team of global presentation and pitching gurus.  His post Steve Jobs sidekicks are Garr Reynolds, Nancy Duarte and that other bloke whose name I can never remember. I’ve never seen any of […]

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Presentation Summit 2015 – Why have I spent $20,000 plus time to be in New Orleans?

September 27, 2015

It’s 3am New Orleans time.  I’m wide awake in my room at the name hotel on Bourbon St, where I’ve chosen to be for the next 4 days at the Presentation Summit 2015. I spent 18 hours travelling here. I missed the most important game of rubgy there has been for years (I discovered on […]

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8 TED talks that teach public speaking

September 8, 2015

For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, TED is a nonprofit organisation that is devoted to spreading ideas. The phenomenon that is TED relies on the world’s most inspired thinkers on subjects including science, business and global issues (and pretty much anything else you can think of) sharing their ideas in a short (18 minute […]

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Books don’t change people – but your presentation just might

July 13, 2015

How often do you hear that a book has changed someone’s life? Chances are, it hasn’t. It will have been one particular section that made you stop in your tracks, and think… Or even just one little turn of phrase that resonated and remains with you long after you finished reading the book. A few […]

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Geeks have the knowledge to change the world – but only with the right communication skills

February 11, 2015

Most of the time, expertise is of neutral value unless you are able to communicate what you know to decision makers and colleagues in a way that they can use. It is the ability to persuade, argue, influence, explain and even inspire others into action that creates value from your expertise. For every idea which […]

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3 things presenters can learn from Julien Blanc

November 7, 2014

In my previous post I drew attention to a troubled twerp called Julien Blanc. He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’ who for years has been selling his services as a speaker, all across the world, to men who want to learn how to become a PUA themselves.  He’s in a whole heap of trouble after […]

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Do you really connect with an audience?

August 12, 2014

I was working with some brilliant Grads at a global investment bank last week. Paolo was as handsome, charismatic and imposing a 22 year old as you’re ever likely to meet. He was a technically skilled speaker- He had a point, he wrote clear text for speech, his articulation in English was excellent, he looked confident, but […]

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Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

July 8, 2014

In Julian Treasure’s TED Talk, ‘How to speak so that people want to listen’, he takes us through: What we say – How 7 Deadly Sins can affect the content as we speak, and how to make positive changes How we say it – How we use our voices to convey meaning, feeling and emphasis […]

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The golden first few minutes of a presentation – start really well

July 6, 2014

Remember that the first 2 minutes of a presentation – when you’re probably at your most nervous are also are the point at which you have the audience’s fullest attention, experienced presenters and salespeople learn how to use this ‘golden time’ to full effect, because they know that when all else is forgotten, the audience […]

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Starting your speech with a gimmick – Lucy Kellaway crashes, burns then soars

March 11, 2014

Here’s a really interesting article from Lucy Kellaway at the FT in London.  She tells a funny story about trying to launch her speech to 600 bankers with a costume change to help her make her point. It’s a good story and she draws her own conclusions about what she (and we) can learn from […]

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10 Tips for… Freshening Your Presentation Delivery

July 19, 2013

You are most often the final ingredient that makes a good presentation on paper go well in the real world. 1 Meet people (even if you know them) as they come into the room, shake hands, have a brief chat with them to help show your confidence and ‘break the ice’. 2 Show enthusiasm for the subject. […]

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10 Tips for …. Starting your Presentation Brilliantly

June 18, 2013

So many people ask how do you start well in a presentation, and we can learn a lot from Shakespeare to make maximum impact in those first few seconds. It’s a 2000 year old lesson to learn and is the foundation of story structure. Remember that the first 2 minutes are the point at which […]

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