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Cameron on the NHS: 3 priorities (2006) mutate into 5 big things (2011)

Max Atkinson

At the 2006 Conservative Party conference, David Cameron sought to go one better than Tony Blair by summing up his three priorities in 3 letters: Not surprisingly, I had no trouble at all in remembering these three letters and confidently predict that you won't either.

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Executive Speaking Skills

Executive Speech Coach

What is the difference between a good executive speaker and an embarrassing executive speaker? Clear purpose Attention to detail Appreciation for the skill of public speaking Preparing for the speech Embarrassing executive speakers don’t prepare. Sometimes that might be true. But why take the chance? Why embarrass yourself?

Power Presentation Tip

Executive Speech Coach

Why are you speaking? Be clear on why you are speaking. Understand your purpose because that will help you be more successful. Before you speak ask yourself this critical question: "What do I want people to do, think or feel after I speak?" Whenever you deliver a business presentation you want to influence what your listeners do, think or feel.

Presentation Question One

Executive Speech Coach

Before you deliver your speech or presentation you must ask yourself one critical question. If you ask yourself this question before every presentation you will create a better presentation and write it faster. Ask this critical question and you will be more successful in your speaking. You will look and feel more confident and convincing.

Tell me a Story

Executive Speech Coach

Learn more about the next teleseminar - July 27, 2006. Every time you speak your listeners are practically pleading with you to hear a story. Your listeners prefer to hear your message conveyed in stories. Because stories are engaging, instructive and memorable. The better you can tell your stories the more successful a speaker you will be.

Why buy a PowerPoint background template when you can create your own?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The most searched for term in the area of PowerPoint are phrases around background templates. This is the basic look of your slides. There is an entire industry devoted to cranking out new templates for you to buy. They aren't going to like what I am about to say. Save your money! Check it out by clicking here

If the audience changes, so should your presentation

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I met recently with a new client who wants my help in creating a presentation for an upcoming meeting with their company executives. They have an existing presentation on the topic, so why do they need my help? Because the audience has changed. But executives don't. Executives need high-level strategic information.

Presentations: Tell a Short Story

Executive Speech Coach

One of my speech coaching clients in the Heath Care sector told me that she did not tell stories in her presentations because she had so little time to convey tons of information. That is a common remark from my speech coaching clients. And a common trap. The reality is that no one really listens to what you say – until it is interesting to them.

“Kramer’s” Tirade: Lessons for Presenters

Executive Speech Coach

Michael Richards used to be known as the lovable and loony Kramer of the popular TV show Seinfeld. Now Richards is known as a racist. Whether he is or isn’t a racist is unimportant. He demonstrated racist characteristics in his angry rant and with the words he used. He apologized – but it’s difficult to erase the image of that rant. Never!

Projector thoughts from PC Magazine

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today PC Magazine published an article reviewing some projectors and started with a review of what factors they consider important for selecting a projector. The author, M. David Stone, suggests that many people don't realize that some of what they consider important criteria are actually not (read the article here [link] ). don't see the need.

Your Speech has Three Parts

Executive Speech Coach

Opening – Body – Close There are three parts to a good presentation. Guess which part bad speakers focus on? The Body. Guess which parts are the most important? The Opening and the Close. Why are the opening and the close of your speech so important? The opening is important because this is the first impression you make on your audience.

Office 2007 Ribbon Observations

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Last week Microsoft officially introduced the new version of Office, Office 2007, which includes a new version of PowerPoint. One of the major differences in the new version is the user interface. showed it to a buddy of mine and he made an observation that was very interesting. Get your copy at [link

Presentation on today's Oprah show

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Yesterday I wrote about how we are all going to be compared to great presentations that our audience's see and little did I know that today's Oprah show featured Al Gore and his presentation on global warming. Watch how he uses rich graphics, video and almost no text. Is it because he is a great speaker? great use of both pathways to the brain.

"I'm OK because I use bullet points"

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I was speaking to a customer service manager on a flight recently and we started with the usual questions on what each of us did. While I agree that using bullet points is better than reading from the slide, it is not a matter today of being better than those who are poor presenters.

Prepare your business for Office 2007

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today is the official launch of Office 2007, including new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. If you are a small or medium sized business that doesn't have an army of IT professionals around to tell you how this might impact your business, you will want to check out my latest article. You can read the full text by clicking here: [lin

PowerPoint Tip - Detailed Handouts without Packed Slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One reason presenters pack slides with too much text and information is that they claim that since they will be printing the slides as their handout, they will need the audience to have the detail for future reference. But what happens is that the barrage of information on the slide overwhelms the audience and the presentation is a failure.

The Power of the Pause

Executive Speech Coach

When you don't know what to do, what should you do? Pause and smile. Imagine that you are speaking to a crowded room of eager listeners. Suddenly your mind goes blank - you forget what you just said, and what comes next. If you speak in public this will happen to you. You've seen it happen to others; they stammer and sputter and even apologise.

Teaching Templates to Professors

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

At the end of October I was in San Antonio speaking at a conference of business communication professors. The topic we were talking about was how to teach students to create an attractive template for their slides. Another presenter at the conference explained that there are two types of contrast that you can have. You can get your copy at: [link

Presentation Success

Executive Speech Coach

How do you know if you've delivered a successful presentation? When I ask this question of my audience the answers are usually, “you get applause” “they ask questions” “people stay awake” “you see them taking notes” “they laugh at your jokes” However, none of them is a true indicator of a successful presentation. Clarity of purpose is everything.

Making slides more visual

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today I wrap up a survey I have been doing for the past month on what resources people need to improve their PowerPoint presentations. One idea that had been suggested to me before I started the survey and has been backed up by a strong showing in the survey what the topic of transforming text heavy slide sinto more visual slides.

Be a better Public Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Be a better public speaker How can you be a more effective public speaker ? Say less. Say it clearer. Say it with conviction. George Torok Executive Speech Coach PS: the concept is simple. The difficulty is in doing it. presentation skills public speaking

PowerPoint Tip - Downside of Dashboards

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One of the recent trends in executive presentations is to create what is know as dashboard slides. dashboard slide is a way for executives to get a quick view on projects, initiatives, financial or other measurements of interest. While this sounds like a good idea, I have two key objections to the way most of these slides are created.

Wall Street Journal article on PowerPoint

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today's Cubicle Culture column in the Wall Street Journal contains an article talking about the problems with PowerPoint usage in corporations today. You can read the article today by clicking here or it should be posted at the Cubicle Culture archives here later this week. To see the full article on this calculation, click here.

PowerPoint Exposed

Executive Speech Coach

If you or someone you care about uses PowerPoint in your presentations then you will find these articles helpful. They might save you some embarrassment, might rescue a big sales presentation and might rejuvenate your career. Don’t be seduced by the “ease of use” of PowerPoint. Don’t become a PowerPoint body-snatcher. Don't be fooled by the name.

How not to use a presentation remote

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I am a strong advocate of using a presentation remote to advance your PowerPoint slides. It is a professional way to present and gets you away from the computer and closer to the audience. But I recently saw an example of how not to use a remote. But it certainly looked strange.

AIESEC

Executive Speech Coach

The international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential. What they said about George Torok: “Truly eye-opening and entertaining. great way to see the clear relevance of effective executive speaking and understand easy, specific ways to improve your own style.” client feedback

Build Trust When You Speak

Executive Speech Coach

Build trust when you speak How can you build more trust when you speak? Talk slower. It allows listeners to hear and understand you better. Pause often. It allows people to think about what you said and it demonstrates your confidence in your message. Look every member of your audience in the eye at some point. Stand in the light. That builds trust.

If your audience can't see your graph, they can't understand it

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Why should you use a graph on a PowerPoint slide? To illustrate data that would have more impact when shown visually that any other way. So if you are trying to have greater impact, why would you choose colors for a line graph that the audience would not be able to see? recent slide was a perfect illustration of this problem.

Why timed builds are not a good presentation practice

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I have seen timed builds used twice recently and both times it left me scratching my head wondering why the presenter created their PowerPoint slide that way. timed build is when the bullet points or items on the slide automatically appear at a scheduled interval. Timed builds, in my opinion, are distracting for both the presenter and the audience.

PowerPoint Tip - Scary Slide Mistakes

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Today is Halloween for many and it brings to mind thoughts of scary things. want to share with you today some of the scary mistakes I have seen presenters make so that you can avoid these mistakes. Is there text there? The slide had a gorgeous picture of a snow covered mountain top - but then they put white text on top of the picture.

What presenters can learn from election signs

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It is getting close to election time in many areas and the lawns and streets are rapidly becoming decorated with signs for candidates for various offices. One thing presenters should notice when they are driving by these signs is which ones are easiest to read. Why should you care about the readability of election signs?

Body Language

Executive Speech Coach

Your body language might embarrass you Your body language might be sabotaging you Your body language might be confusing your audience What is your body language saying about you? Do you know the signals? Do you know how to send the right messages with your body? presentation skills

What's common between singing and presenting

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

This weekend our son will be singing a solo in church. Yesterday the lady who is the best soloist at church gave him some advice in getting prepared for his upcoming solo. She told him to make sure he knows his music and the words so that he can concentrate on the performance and not worry about the words or the notes.

Good example of Effective Use of Agenda

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I think that almost every presentation can benefit from using a clear agenda. It gives you as the presenter a structure to your message and helps the audience understand your message easier (according to research done by Prof. Richard Meyer). And in many cases this is very effective.

PowerPoint Tip - Equipment Failure

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you are going to use PowerPoint to present, at some point in time you will have to deal with the equipment failing. You may not have had this happen to you yet, but you will. Even though the equipment is far more reliable than it was when I started presenting with computers and projectors over 10 years ago, it is not perfect.

Exhibits International

Executive Speech Coach

Dear George, As an international leading provider of exhibits for Tradeshows, Museums and Special Events, Exhibits International was recently short-listed for a major US museum project. complex venture, securing this project was pivotal to the reputation, growth and future success of our company. In the end, the numbers speak. George, “Thank You”.

Review of the Floyd Landis PowerPoint presentation

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you want to view the presentation, use the directions at [link]. First, I liked the fact that they posted a PDF of the presentation with the speaking notes instead of just a PowerPoint file. By posting a PDF file, they prevent others from tampering with the presentation and by providing the speaking notes it explains the visuals.

Win in the Boardroom with Donald Trump

Executive Speech Coach

How to survive in the boardroom with Donald Trump Never interrupt the Donald. When Donald Trump tells you to shut up - shut up. Never suggest that you are like the Donald. But it's okay to suggest that you would like to be. If your competition is getting dumped on – shut up. Don’t even hint about Donald Trump’s hair or wives. Don’t sling mud.

To shadow or not to shadow

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Shadow fonts or shadows on shapes seems to be popular these days on PowerPoint slides. Why, I'm not sure. Most of the time I see a shadow used it is used for one of two reasons. First, the presenter added a shadow because they think it looks cool.