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The Ricky Gervais Lesson – If You’re Going to Offend, Do It on Purpose

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Ricky Gervais, the overexposed English comedian, writer, and actor, hosted Hollywood’s Golden Globes for the fifth time.

2020 89

A Good Presentation Needs Structure

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When you deliver a presentation, you know what you want to say but your audience doesn’t. It’s like you are on one side of a body of water and your audience is on the other. Your goal is to get the audience across to your side; your presentation is the bridge that will help them do just that.…

2019 96

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How to Save Your Presentation When Your Mind Goes Blank

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Have you ever been in the middle of a great presentation and all of a sudden your mind went completely blank about the next part of your presentation?

2019 108

3 New Design Trends to Use in Your Presentations

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Let’s be honest, not everyone is a designer or has a professional designer on staff. A lot of business owners and marketers are creating their own graphics from scratch. At Venngage we have a ton of designers on staff but I still create a lot of my visuals!…

2020 78

Now Is the Time to Look at Webinars

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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our daily life is unprecedented and the increasing need to work from home and work online means we have to find innovative solutions to how we can keep our businesses moving through these testing times.…

2020 60

6 Apps to Help You Deliver Killer Speeches and Presentations

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I am a big fan of TED Talks! The way people from all circles of life come up, narrating their perspectives and research helps me to nourish my intellect. What would I do if I had a chance to go up there and speak, you ask?…

2020 56

It’s Time to Improve Speaking Skills for the Classroom and Beyond

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Most adults fear public speaking and, let’s me honest, lots of us aren’t actually very good at it. If adults who have had years to hone the skills are not very good, what do you think the average school kid is like?

2020 70

How to Deliver Robust yet Inspiring Presentations

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Presentations. We have all been there and with varying degrees of success too. While a successful presentation is a proud moment, too often these are few and far between – with most receiving a lukewarm reception and almost immediately forgotten.

2019 83

Powerful Presentation Formats You Didn’t Know About (But Should!)

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We live in a world of public speakers who are so good at presenting information, they’re famous for it. There’s something about their style and delivery that just gets us to listen. As public speakers, they’re skilled and well-practised.

2019 84

The Power of the Pause

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A story from Spain. I teach public speaking and presentation skills at a few Executive MBA Programmes in Switzerland and Spain. A few years ago, I was teaching a class at IESE in Barcelona. One of my students was a fellow named Manuel.…

2019 113

How to Produce Booklet Handouts That Complement Your Presentation

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Handouts are a hotly debated topic in the presentation world. What kind to give out, what you should include in them, when to distribute them, and even if you should have them at all are all major points of discussion.

2020 56

Taking It to the Next Level: Stand up Comedy – How Hard Can It Be?

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When John, Emma and I set up Presentation Guru we wanted to create a shared resource (The ‘guru’ is the community, not any one of us) of hundreds of articles for speakers, at every stage of their development, to help them do three things: Create engaging stories.

2019 105

6 Questions You Need to Ask When Editing Presentation Content

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Putting together a presentation is a challenge most of us will face at least once in our professional lives, and although it isn’t rocket science, many people still fail to deliver on the basic principles of an effective presentation.

2019 98

The Most Successful Presentations Use This Framework

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Stories are memorable, stories make a connection and so stories stick. All good. But if you don’t consider yourself a natural raconteur where do you start? Right here… Rob D Willis shares the framework for the perfect business pitch. What’s in it for me?”…

2020 60

It’s Time to Maximise the Power of Storytelling

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Take some time to remember one of the most famous of Aesop’s Fables. A slow, yet persistent reptile defeats a famously quick and cocky rabbit. Despite various setbacks, the underdog tortoise keeps at it and is rewarded with a victory.… … Message Storytelling featured Story Structure

2019 90

How AI is Set to Shape Our Presentations in the Future

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The Algorithmic Mentor. Wouldn’t it be great to know if your presentation will be warmly received before giving it? Thanks to a machine-learning system developed by Toshihiko Yamasaki, this could soon be the case.

2019 82

5 Public Speaking Tips for Even the Most Introverted

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Let’s face it, running a small business requires you to do things you wouldn’t normally do, like public speaking. From presenting in front of investors and lenders to speaking at conferences, public speaking is inevitable for business success. But, up to 75% of people are scared of public speaking.…

2019 101

How to … Use Video in Your Presentations

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Earlier in September, my fellow columnist Rob Oliver wrote a great piece on using video in sales presentations. If you are in sales or pitching, he has some fantastic ideas for you.

2019 84

Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019

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As 2018 draws to a close, many people turn their minds to the year to come and what they hope to achieve. And with those thoughts come resolutions.

2019 110

Learning From Adversity – 4 Lessons for Public Speakers

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As I write this, the coronavirus pandemic is in full swing, and life as we know it has been altered forever. It’s anyone’s guess if, and when, things will return to normal. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. But somehow, even now, my impulse to work and create, to bring meaning and support to my clients and colleagues continues.… … Build Your Skills credibility featured inspiration Must-Reads for every presentation professional Practice preparation

2020 46

More Lessons from Stand-up Comedy

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Kudos to my friend and co-founder of Presentation Guru, Jim Harvey. Jim recently took the plunge and jumped into the world of stand-up comedy. He shares some of the things that he has learned in this post, Taking it to the Next Level: Stand Up Comedy – How Hard Can it Be?

2019 94

Scientific Presentations – It’s All About the Data… or Is It?

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When I offered to a friend, who is still active in academic research and at the time was searching a new position, to help him with the presentations he’d invariably have to hold, he declined.

2019 81

Problem Solving with Digital Signage

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Everywhere you look, digital signage screens are popping up. Banks, restaurants, waiting rooms, government facilities, and factory floors are all using this new technology to keep their employees and customers informed.

2020 63

Free Online Resources to Make Your Presentations More Visual

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No matter what the ultimate goal of your presentation is, you can’t achieve that goal if your presentation doesn’t effectively transfer information. It may feel counterintuitive, but visuals are the best way to transfer information in a presentation. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

Improvise to Improve Your People Skills

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Most people don’t spend their lives giving presentations. Many people spend NONE of their lives giving presentations. Lots of leaders I’ve met would rather not have to give any.

2018 109

Tips on Designing and Delivering Engaging Presentations

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Every day, up and down the country, and across the globe, thousands if not millions of poor audience members are sat down in a conference hall ready to endure up to 3 hours of painstaking presentations.

2019 95

How to… Use Visual Aids

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In this episode of my “How to…” series I’m going to talk about using visual aids in your presentation. Visual aids are helpful to give your audience another way of accessing the information you are trying to communicate.

The Secret to Perfecting Your Style and Delivery as a Speaker

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What a seasoned public speaker brings to the stage is a collection of presentation skills. It is these skills that help the speaker connect with the audience, communicate a clear message, and make that message memorable.

2018 111

8 Ways to Protect Your Presentation

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Intellectual property can be some of the most valuable assets your business has – and yes, your presentation does come into that. You wouldn’t think twice about protecting any other property you own, so why not it?

2020 56

5 Amazing Apps to Take Your Writing to the Next Level

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When writing speeches or pitches, you can easily make mistakes but, fortunately, there are many tools that can help you nowadays. The good news is that there is an app for everyone, and you can pick the one that works best for you.…

2019 89

5 Ways to Make Your Scientific Research Presentation Flow

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Often, when scientists think of giving a presentation on their research, flow is the furthest thing from their thoughts. The accuracy of the data, quality of the experiments, and intricate details that make up experiments are typically considered to be much more important.…

2019 95

5 Ways Using Video Will Make Your Presentation Even Better

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Thanks to the accessibility of high-speed internet connectivity, staggering amounts of information are available at everyone’s fingertips. This, in fact, makes it even more challenging to deliver a sales presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your potential clients.

2019 81

7 Public Speaking Secrets You Wished You Knew Earlier

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How do you feel when your college or university professor asks you to come on stage and deliver a presentation? Does stage fright get the better of you? Does fear of public speaking prevent your words from coming out naturally? If yes, then you are not alone.…

2019 75

The Powerful Speakers Who Show You How to Wow a Crowd

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It has been a great decade for speeches, as more individuals have taken the stage to deliver some of the most compelling, humorous, and memorable ones in recent history. Take it from the experts below, who sure know how to wow a crowd or move an entire stadium to tears.…

2019 85

5 Presentation Tasks You Really Should Outsource to the Experts

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Done right, a presentation can make or break a deal, your career or even your entire business. Creating something incredible in PowerPoint takes a lot of time and skill – time you might not have, and skill your team might lack.…

2019 86

How to…. Tell Stories in Your Presentations

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In the latest in my occasional “How to…” series, we’re going to discuss how to tell stories as part of your presentation.

2018 107

Who Needs a Presentation Designer? You and Here’s Why

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We recently featured an article with great ideas for designing your own presentations – all made so easy nowadays with the vast range of software available. But sometimes, even with all the user-friendly tips and tricks out there, you need more.

2020 56

3 Habits That Will Take Your Presentation Skills to the Next Level

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There are lots of articles on here that will help you build a strong foundation as a public speaker: articles to help you create a strong story , articles to help you build professional and engaging visual aids , and articles to help you connect with your audience as you speak.

2019 94

PowerPoint vs. PDF: Which Is the Best Way to Deliver Your Presentation?

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Giving a presentation is a daily occurrence for many of us. From travelling sales people pitching in high pressure environments, to teachers imparting knowledge in a fun way to children, presentations are vital to communication. Millions are taking place each day.…

2019 98

5 of the Best Books for Public Speakers

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The best way to become a better speaker is — wait for it — to get up on stage and speak. We never learn faster than when we have “skin in the game”. But we can also learn from others. Today, there are hundreds of books on the market that can help people become better speakers and presenters.…

2018 105

The Best Way to Use Visual Elements in Your Slides

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As I work with many professional graphic designers, I’ve witnessed firsthand how important it is to synergize great messaging with strong visuals. I’ve also witnessed this pairing go very, very wrong.

2019 70

The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Chantal Bossé

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Chantal Bossé has been a TEDx speaker coach since 2012 and Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2013. As a presentation & visual communication leader, she spends her time between writing, training, coaching and designing for her clients and speakers.

2020 61

How to Captivate and Persuade Your Audience with Transparency

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Giving a presentation is like pulling up to a stranger in your car and yelling, “Hey, let’s go for a drive!“ You’re hoping that the stranger will humor you and at least get in the car, giving you a chance to prove that you’re a trustworthy driver and that it’s going to be a great ride.…

2019 88