Five young business people applauding

Putting life in your presentations

One of my biggest recommendations to clients is to refresh their view of PowerPoint. Too often it is used as a speech-writing tool. The result is the text heavy slides that hypnotise the presenter as they read EVERY word that is on the slide.   You know the presentations I’m referring to. They are traditional…

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Perfect Recipe

Do you have the perfect recipe?

Is there such a thing as the perfect recipe for a speech? Based upon my nine year old daughters last night I don’t believe there is…. Let me explain. It was my 15th wedding anniversary yesterday. I say mine – but obviously there are two of us in the relationship…. But my wife describes our…

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Webinar Why

What is your webinar why?

Webinars are possibly the greatest marketing tool available to small businesses. They allow a business of any size to present themselves to potential and existing clients to demonstrate their expertise. For many small businesses the opportunity to get airtime is precious oxygen that can feed the growth of the business. And, without a massive market…

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Satisfaction concept

Getting to Yes!

What is your goal when you deliver a presentation? Is it to not make a fool of yourself? Is it just to get through it as quickly as possible and sit down? Or, is it to get a room full of people agreeing with you? If it’s not the latter – you need to re-evaluate…

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Learn the Lessons of Sherlock Holmes to improve your public speaking

How to avoid a Sherlock moment – Investigate your language

I have sympathy for Benedict Cumberbatch and the situation he finds himself in at the moment. It appears to be a circumstance where one, poorly chosen, word has landed him in hot water. And, the positive message he was trying to communicate has been lost in a flurry of condemnation for his choice of a single word.

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Audience Questions

Identifying your Audience

The key to successfully communicating a message to an audience is to understand who the audience is. Without knowing who you are presenting to and what they are interested in you have little chance of success. This short entry outlines the Who, Why and Whats you need to know to effectively prepare your next presentation.

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