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Great presenter? Try this little-known hack for added subtlety and impact

July 30, 2015

You might laugh at this.  I hope that you do. It’s a brilliant introduction to the importance of facial expression – in this case, the eyebrows, to a presenter. Stay with me, it’ll be worth it. In a previous post I shared some fascinating academic insight on the importance of facial expressiveness in being understood […]

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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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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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Don’t suck! – 3 easy ways to make sure yours is the presentation people remember

April 29, 2015

I was reading a blog post the other day. It was actually about overcoming marketing challenges (although that isn’t really the point – stay with me guys…). In the good old days ‘content marketing’ (and many other jobs we now have) didn’t even exist. Nowadays the competition for your audience’s attention is enormous and, while producing […]

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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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Jim Harvey’s Presenting Podcast – stand out from the crowd every time you stand up to speak

March 23, 2015

We’ve helped the likes of Ford, Porsche, JP Morgan, State Street, JC Decaux, Mercer, Mitsubishi and many other brilliant businesses sell their ideas, their products and their services effectively over 25 years, all over the world.  Learn our simple approach to storytelling and speaking to maximum effect, and see how much of our thinking has been […]

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Should presenters use laser pointers? – Explained.

March 5, 2015

In a previous post, I asked the question; ‘Should a presenter ever use a laser pointer?’ The answer’s ‘no’, and the reasons are simple. The audience doesn’t need you to be flashing a potentially harmful shaft of intense, coloured light, over their heads and shakily swishing it round a complex and (usually) spectacularly unhelpful visual aid.  Even cats […]

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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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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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5 fixes to common presentation technology mistakes

October 9, 2014

In our previous post I owned up to making a short cut in my preparation and had a technical malfunction in a high-profile pitch at a world-class business school. I did rescue the situation and all ended a) well and b) getting paid, but I got lazy, took a risk and it nearly caught me […]

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5 top technical problems for presenters and how to make sure they never happen to you.

October 9, 2014

I was speaking at a world famous business school the other day, and for the first time in years, I had some technical problems with my laptop (Top of the range MacBook Pro retailing at £2200.00!!).  I’m a professional speaker, very well paid for this gig, and it’s really all my fault when things go […]

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