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Want to be a brilliant speaker? Try this

June 30, 2015

My 13-year-old son asked me to let him show me his football skills the other day. I was delighted, because until that point, he’d shown no interest at all in the sports that I’ve adored since I was his age. We went down to the local park, and I passed the ball to him to […]

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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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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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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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Want to be remembered? – Add interest to your presentations

July 8, 2013

There are many things you can do when you’re working hard to connect with an audience. To do more than just speak to them; to engage their hearts, feelings and hopes. Being interesting is one of the most special skills you can develop. What is interesting to an audience? Obviously relevance comes first. Your audiences, of […]

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A three line presentation strategy for the bravest business speaker – You?

June 22, 2013

As a guy who works with lots of big corporates, writing speeches, rehearsing speakers for big pitches and presentations, I’m forever coming up against the ‘Corporate Template Trial’.  The corporate PowerPoint pattern, usually created by the Communications Department, which everybody must use when creating slides; but which creates bigger problems for the speaker who actually […]

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Do you really want to be told your presentation is CRAP? – Yes!!

April 23, 2013

To many it wouldn’t seem like a compliment but actually it is.  If you follow the basic design principles that are commonly referred to as CRAP you can’t really go wrong (and what applies to presentations is equally relevant to any other form of visual). C ontrast Make elements different (by clever use of fonts […]

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Simple presentation design techniques

April 16, 2013

Can visual design be learned?  That was the question posed on Quora recently and while not wanting to downplay the huge talent of so many good designers, it’s fair to say that design skills are something that many ‘non-designers’ have the ability to improve. Like any other skill it needs thinking, learning and practising.  If […]

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Presenting for Geeks- presentation advice for technical experts

February 10, 2013

I love geeks but sometimes they don’t seem to love me. I’m not stupid but I’m often made to feel that way when I hear brilliant engineers, scientists and systems analysts ‘trying’ to explain what they do. It’s a crying shame really, because my starting position is admiration of expertise and excitement of the possibilities […]

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Book Review: 5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’

February 4, 2013

5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’ by Eric Bergman is aimed at eradicating the boring, text filled corporate presentations – which we’ve all experienced. It’s a great read, and I’d definitely recommend it. Who is it for? The book is written for corporate presenters. It will be useful to anybody who has to give […]

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Presenting to angry and difficult audiences? Try subtlety

January 8, 2013

I was forced to attend a driver education programme in the UK recently, having been caught on a speed camera doing 34 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone.  Well I wasn’t really forced to attend.  I was given the choice to pay a £90 fine and accept 3 penalty points on my driver’s […]

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3 Ways to Better Engage Your Audience with Questions

November 30, 2012

  Use these three types of questions to better engage your audience throughout the presentation. Answer questions from the audience This traditional method is often handled poorly. Typically the presenter delivers the presentation and then feebly asks, “Are there any questions?” What’s wrong with this approach? The end of the presentation and the question period […]

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