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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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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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Jeremy Clarkson only had one verbal trick – it works

March 24, 2015

The soon to be forgotten Jeremy Clarkson has built his career out of this single skill. No, not bullying, whingeing and feeling sorry for himself after behaving appallingly to producers, fellow journalists, wives, foreigners, and anyone who didn’t attend a public school (Chavs, I think, is the word he uses to describe most of the […]

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Amy Cuddy at TED: Your body language shapes who you are

January 13, 2015

In this fascinating TED talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy starts with two good questions: Our non-verbals govern how other people think and feel about us but do our non-verbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves? If our minds can change our bodies; is it also true that our bodies can change our minds? Her research […]

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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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What can presenters learn from Julien Blanc?

November 7, 2014

He’s the guy who’s a self-called ‘pick-up artist’.  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 a woman (Jenn Li) objected to his methods, his language and his appallingly sexist and racist video […]

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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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How well do you move hearts and change minds when you speak?

May 4, 2014

Most presenters forget that their job is not simply to explain something, it’s to transmit a feeling to their audience. Often, for business audiences, they feel nor face nothing much that is positive. They are under pressure, have too much to do, and don’t have much time to spare on you and your message; so […]

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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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Call yourself a platform speaker – you’re missing something. Learn from the Porsche 911

February 19, 2014

If you’re still using PowerPoint with a ‘clicker’ stood behind a lectern, you’re gathering dust faster than a dozing grandaddy. It’s not all about the look, you need a strong story, but you’ve already got that. So why not challenge yourself with the latest technology? Porsche never stop trying to improve their classic 911. They […]

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Thinking of Using #Prezi for a Big Event? – 5 things you must do

January 8, 2014

In my last article I wrote about the decision to ditch PowerPoint and use Prezi for a big event or presentation. Lots of people are thinking of doing it as they see the tool in action, or get asked to use it by their clients.  To make sure that it all goes well, and that you […]

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