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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.

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What Today’s Presenters Can Learn From a 50-Year Old Demo

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Today nearly every technology company gives demos to showcase their products’ best. What is the oldest demo you have in mind?

2018 71

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.

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How to Use Data Analytics in Your Presentation

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Simply put, data analytics is the close examination of all observable data in order to draw valuable conclusions with which an organisation may improve itself. This includes correcting detrimental patterns and further improving the ones that have proven to be positive and effective.…

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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.

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How to… Break the Pattern

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Welcome to the latest in my occasional series of ‘How to….’ ’ articles. In this one we’re going to talk about pattern-breaking and what you can do to get the audience’s attention by doing the unexpected.

5 Apps To Make You a Better Public Speaker

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I’ve never been great at public speaking. I’ve never even been great at giving and taking interviews. Just talking to strangers makes me anxious.

2018 87

Presentation Designers – Do You Really Need a Specialist?

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There is no denying that the visual element of a presentation goes a long way to connecting with your audience. However, it should never be forgotten that a great presentation is derived first and foremost from creating the right content that speaks to the people who will be seeing it.…

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 83

Stage Time is Wealth Time

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How to use the stage to raise your profile, build your authority and grow your business.

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What Makes a Good Innovation Story?

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The ability to frame ideas in a compelling manner is critical for companies working on innovation. Developing new products involves enormous levels of uncertainty. Entrepreneurs, therefore, need to get their story straight if they want to get attention – and funding.…

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5 Reasons Teachers Need Stellar Communication Skills

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The thing about public speaking skills is that once you have them, they can be applied just about anywhere. No matter who you are or what career you have. At its heart, communication is the art of sharing ideas, and public speaking is the art of communicating with many people at once.…

2018 85

The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Tulia Lopes

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The community is the Guru. We want to help our readers build their skills as presentation designers, speakers and coaches, learning from a wide range of our colleagues from across the world.

2018 77

How to Add a GIF to PowerPoint (and Stop It Being Annoying)

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GIFs – those soundless videos that loop continuously – have become so widely used on social media, and are now finding their way into PowerPoint presentations.

2018 83

3 Signs Your PowerPoint Template Is Broken and Why

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The chances are very high that the corporate template you’ve been forced to use all this time is designed to fail. Now you might be wondering, “My company spent a lot of money hiring professionals to produce our template. How could it be designed to fail?”

2018 83

How to… Present in a Team

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Working with a co-presenter (or more than one) comes with its own set of potential problems and in this article, the third in his ‘How to…’ series, Stephen Welch look at the special challenges that team dynamics create.

2018 90

Choosing a Presentation Remote Control

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I had a kick-ass presentation prepared for my seminar on “Managing Equity Funds”. I was extremely careful with my arrangement: set up the screen just so, timed my slides perfectly, ensured the mic was working seamlessly without any annoying feedback. The room was full, it was time to start.…

What Makes a Great Business Report Presentation?

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2018 82

How to Foster a Culture of Creativity in Your Team

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Many of us (especially if we’re working in any kind of corporate role) wrongly assume that to be creative, means to be artistic. In fact, creativity involves using our imagination or original ideas to create something. It’s about being inventive.

2018 58

5 More Ways to Get Instant Feedback from Your Audience

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No matter what your profession, there will come a time in your career where you’ll need to deliver a presentation to an audience of either your peers, superiors or potential investors.

2018 80

Fear and Nerves Are Normal – but Here’s How to Deal with Them

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On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan. Yes – it’s that vertical wall in the photo above!) Alone.…

Ever heard of PechaKucha?

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Through the years, we have heard of many presentation formats and styles that were all created to help solve a big problem: boring presentations! One of them is PechaKucha 20X20 . What is it?

2018 86

How to… Be Mesmerising

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As a presenter, you have one simple goal: get information which is in your brain into those of your audience. So that they feel, think, or do something differently.

2018 88

3 Simple Tricks I Learned from Giving the Most Important Speech of My Life

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Scared Speechless is the story of how an ordinary guy, Roy Rosell, overcame his crippling fear of public speaking.

2018 78

3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence

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Be more confident! That’s what they all say but no doubt you’re thinking, ‘If only it was that simple…’ This delightful short TED-Ed video explains where confidence come from – and how you can get more of it, with 3 quick tips to boost your confidence.…

2018 66

The World’s Worst Research Presentation

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Is this the world’s worst ever research presentation? We are indebted to Marc Jadoul for discovering this little gem. The renowned researcher, Dr Fisher-Katz, addresses an audience of undergraduates on her specialist subject, Nano Electronics.

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5 Amazing Music Performances That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

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What’s your favourite song and can you remember the first time you heard it? As both a professional singer and a speaking coach, Shola Kaye has found that pop singers and their songs are often far more memorable than famous speakers and their speeches.

2017 98

Malcolm Gladwell on Connecting with an Audience

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You know who he is. He’s the zeitgeist-shaping author of such popular classics as Outliers, The Tipping Point and Blink. He’s popularised performance psychology and brought millions of readers to consider such fundamental human questions as: Q.What’s the difference between Bill Gates and me?

2018 67

5 PowerPoint Hacks That Will Make You Look like a Pro

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Investing in improving your PowerPoint skills is definitely worth the time and effort.

2018 72

10 Tips for…Setting Up on the Day

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There’s so much you can do before the event to make sure that you have a great experience on the day. Most problems are preventable with just a bit of preparation. Anticipate what could go wrong and make sure you avoid what you can.… … Working practices 10 Tips for. preparation

2018 79

The Three Dimensions of Feedback: Poison, Chocolate and Lemon

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Giving feedback should not be just a tick box exercise. Not all feedback is created equal and in this article, Florian Mueck describes the different types you may give and how, without proper consideration, some may actually be doing more harm than good.

2018 81

Why It Pays to Invest in a Professional Presentation

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Why would you need to pay a professional presentation designer to create your next presentation? Everyone knows PowerPoint, right? Well they may, but do they know it well enough, and do they know what makes a winning presentation?

2018 79

6 Design Ideas for a Killer Presentation

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(This article contains affiliate links). At some point in our lives, we all have to make a speech or present something to an audience. To present something comfortably and confidently requires plenty of preparation.

10 Tips for… Creating Great Visual Aids

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We’ve boiled down all of our advice about visual aids into ten golden rules – follow these and you’ll always have your audience’s attention for the right reason. 1) Do the slides last.

The Refreshing Truth About Rehearsing Your Presentation

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Everyone has their own view on the usefulness of rehearsing your presentation in advance, and not all of them encourage it. If you’re ever had to deliver a talk there’s a strong chance you’ve heard one or many of these views. … Rehearsal featured Practice preparation

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking in 6 Mostly Easy Steps

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Presentation Guru is dedicated to helping professionals communicate with real impact in pursuit of whatever they do. We want designers to design, speakers to speak and teachers to teach to the absolute limit of their imagination.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Always Arrive Early for Your Talk

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Delivering a speech or presentation is a stressful enough experience for most people, and anything we can do to reduce those anxiety levels and raise our confidence can only help to improve our performance.

2018 71

Five (Plus One) Ways to Share a PowerPoint Presentation

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When you think of a PowerPoint presentation, slides on a projector or a large screen display come to mind. But, the typical classroom has changed. So has the conference room, for that matter. If you’re giving a presentation, your audience may not even be in the same room as you.…

2018 61

How to Stay Calm Under Pressure

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Here’s another great short video from the guys over at TEDEd – How to Stay Calm Under Pressure. Who hasn’t ‘choked’ – or at least feared failure when it matters most?

2018 72

How to Add Video into Text and Shapes in PowerPoint

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Ever wondered how to do those cool slides where the video plays inside either text or shapes? Wonder no more, because we’ve put together this short video showing you exactly how to do it.

2018 76

10 Tips for…Building a Strong Story

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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 the 10 steps to follow to help you to make your points interesting and memorable for every audience you address.…

2018 78

Big-Picture Thinking for Speakers: Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds

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There’s a significant difference between how less-experienced and more-experienced speakers approach a presentation. The less-experienced speaker tends to focus on minute details at the expense of the big picture, while experienced speakers work backward from the big picture into the details.…

2018 65

How to Move Hearts and Minds with these 12 Easy Hacks

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Most presenters forget that their job is not simply to explain something, it is to transmit a feeling to their audience. Often, for business audiences, they neither feel nor face anything much that is positive in their worlds.

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