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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Multiple Roles in a Webinar Presentation

Webinar Presenters Six Hats

Small business owners are accustomed to wearing multiple hats. It goes with territory of being a business owner. Multiple roles need to be performed – often at the same time. The same is true for webinar presentations. Every webinar has multiple roles being delivered, and often by the same person who is unaware that they…

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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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Disconnect Words Broken Chain Links Separation Apart

Are you being understood?

I recently read an article on the BBC website describing some of the greatest mistranslations. There are some hilarious examples of phrases uttered in one language becoming mangled with a completely different meaning after an interpreter has translated them. One phrase has President Jimmy Carter saying “I left the United States this morning” being translated…

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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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Focused Determination

Are you focussed on the right things?

It is speech contest season in Toastmasters. And, in every club all around the world people are dreaming of delivering their speech in the final at the international convention in August. There are seven contests (Club, Area, Division, District, Semi Final, and Final), and 25,000 other contestants that the eventual winner has to navigate to…

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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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Man after making mistake

Top 10 Public Speaking mistakes in 2014 (and how to avoid them in 2015!)

Over the last twelve months many, many presentations have been delivered. Most of them were disappointing for audiences. All of them could have easily improved if the presenter had avoided making some simple mistakes. In most cases the presenter was oblivious to the mistakes. After reviewing the list below you will know what the mistakes…

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Businesswoman Listening

Why you should use Stories in your Presentations

Almost all the presentations delivered in the corporate world are dull and boring. As a result they fail to inspire or persuade the audience to purchase the product/service on offer or modify their behaviour. This is something that can be easily rectified by the presenter.

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