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Gamifying presentation skills – What’s the best app around?

August 3, 2016

I’ve known John Zimmer for a long time and admired his blogging and his TED speaking skills from afar.  He’s a co-founder at Presentation Guru and I’ve got to know him even better in the last year, and I still like him! So I know he’s been working away on an app to help people learn about […]

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A Prezi that works really well – quelle surprise?

February 1, 2016

I love Prezi as a visual aid as long as it’s used really well. I’ve whinged about it often, and I’ve written books, articles and posts imploring presenters, Prezi and the world to stop with all the ‘Look, isn’t it amazing to zoom, and spin…’ stuff. It doesn’t often happen, but Prezi and I agree […]

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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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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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Best 10 presentation blogs – Have I got it right?

October 31, 2014

I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now. It’s been great fun.  I’ve built a global reputation and it’s helped me build my consulting business into a truly international outfit- though we’re still a small company. In the early days of the web there was a generosity of spirit about bloggers, we were a community, that […]

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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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How important is presentation structure?

November 11, 2013

Whether you are new to presenting, or an old hand, the structure of your presentation is the key to its success! Of course there are many other elements to creating a great presentation, but if you have your structure right, you are much more likely to make a winning one. I feel a little evangelical […]

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Presenting without bullets – try videos

September 26, 2013

I’ve been experimenting a lot recently. Always trying to use fewer words on the screen, sharing the thoughts with the audience, trusting them to come up with the relevant items that you can then build on to get to your point. I’ve loved using interesting, engaging and memorable videos, easily sourced from YouTube as a […]

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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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10 Tips for …. Building a Strong Story for your Presentation

June 21, 2013

The story is the thing – understand that you’ve got a strong message and everything else will follow. So many business presentations have little or poor story structure. Here are a few ideas that will help you to make your points interesting and memorable for every crowd you see.  1 Put yourself in your audience’s […]

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How to Give a Successful Presentation

April 12, 2013

Want to know how to give a successful presentation? I can sum it up in one sentence: answer your audience’s questions. Successful Presentations Answer their Audience’s Questions I’ve often seen presentations which were captivating, funny and interesting, with great visuals and well presented by the speaker…which has left the audience disappointed and frustrated. Why? Because […]

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When someone steals your best story- what to do?

April 9, 2013

It’s a horrible moment in a speaker’s career. You build a speech around a story you found.  You use it for years.  It’s a great start to a session, you rely on it, it has warmth, depth, a point and it carries you on a wave of laughter into Act 1 of your story.  Then, […]

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