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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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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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Are you a charismatic presenter?

July 13, 2012

Charisma is one of those words that causes confusion. From its roots as an, apparently, God-given gift, to its modern application to pop stars and TV celebrities, it’s confusing and difficult to define. Well I’m determined to define it and turn it into a measurable, trainable, concrete human competence.  I’ve spent most of my professional […]

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10 questions for the would be charismatic speaker- or remember who paid for your Ferrari?

July 13, 2012

In my previous post I talked a bit about charisma as the defining characteristic of any speaker.  Here’s the acid-test. How do you do? 10 things that show you’re a charismatic speaker You’re confident enough in yourself to treat every audience you meet as (at least) your equal in most things, and your superior in […]

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When passion boils over- why the ‘p’ word is irrelevant for most speakers

February 5, 2012

Further to my previous posts on the irrelevance of passion for most corporate speakers, here’s a man who is on the very edge of insanity (Where passion without empathy, balance and distance, leads).  The speaker seems so full of emotion- anger and indignation mostly- that it’s affecting his ability to think, speak and connect with the unseen […]

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How flexible a presenter are you? Could you deliver a ‘good cop, bad cop’ message?

December 20, 2011

My corporate client had a tough message that she wanted to get through to a group of her internal stakeholders. The message was-

Grow up
Take some responsibility
Make the most of this amazing opportunity you have working for this world-leading firm.
She hired me to help her make the point and we decided that we’d adopt the strategy of 1950’s film noir cops, and we scripted a speech together for me to deliver as a part of 4-hour session. I played the grizzled ‘bad cop’ and she, the polished, concerned ‘good cop’ of legend.

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Why ‘errr’ is OK for public speakers

September 19, 2011

Lovely post from Simon Raybould on his refreshingly opinionated blog- ‘Telling People’. He makes the point that ‘errr’ is a natural human sound that people make when they’re looking for the next word, and most people in our audiences don’t notice it, but lots of presentation trainers do. His thesis being ‘a little bit is fine’ and presentation coaches can get narrow in what they work on with their clients. Here’s the blog and a recommendation that you read lots of it.

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Public Speaking Disasters? Who died?

September 18, 2011

It’s only a disaster if someone gets killed isn’t it? I remember when one of my clients fell off the stage, but he wasn’t actually killed, so it was just an embarrassment that he handled well.  A matter for caution, yes; but also an opportunity to show the audience how a professional presenter handles those ‘slapstick’ moments […]

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Is David Starkey a racist? Maybe but I wish he’d just get some manners

August 15, 2011

In all of the blah blah blan about Mr Starkey’s appearance on ‘Newsnight’ to discuss the riots and their causes, there’s one point that both sides miss. It’s Starkey’s lack of courtesy, generosity and charm that makes him easy to dislike and difficult to listen to. On ‘Newsnight’ last week he was pretty well behaved […]

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