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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.…

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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 108

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 61

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 108

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 94

3 Easy Steps to Smash an Impromptu Speech Out of the Park

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There was nothing Andrew Brindle hated more than surprises. So, when his boss pointed at him during the weekly meeting and said, “Your turn”, Andrew’s heart began beating a million miles an hour.

2019 82

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

The Complete Guide to the Best PowerPoint Add-ins

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Maurizio La Cava makes presentations every day and makes extensive use of PowerPoint add-ins, so he has put together a list of what he considers to be the best ones, grouped for top functions and discusses them in detail below.

2019 78

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 102

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 94

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 86

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.

What’s the One Thing That Will Make You a Better Communicator?

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Paul gets a hammering from his boss. Paul was 5 minutes into his presentation and the room was dead. Paul wasn’t a great presenter, but he was good at his job, and he knew his stuff. He was pitching for investment to his boss, a high-flying CTO at a UK financial services company.…

2018 89

6 Add-Ins That Will Boost Your Productivity

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Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word are some of the most used software applications in the entire world, with over a billion users. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are yourself a frequent users of them.

2018 76

A Quick Guide to More Effective Animations

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PowerPoint animation can be an unwieldy topic to cover, especially if you need to cover it quickly.

2019 56

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.…

2018 72

The Best Way to Protect Yourself from Misleading Graphs

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A person trying to persuade you toward their point of view may well use a graph to present information. After all, “a graph isn’t an opinion – it represents cold hard numbers and who can argue with those?” ” Well, guess what?…

2019 63

The Most Reliable Places to Find Credible Data

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As a presenter, one of the worst things that can happen during your presentation is not you forgetting to mention an important stat/data, but someone from the audience disputing the authenticity of that data. Not only will it embarrass you, it will blow your credibility out of the water.…

2019 61

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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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.

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What Makes a Great Business Report Presentation?

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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 80

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 90

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 74

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 79

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 83

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.

2017 97

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 94

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.…

2018 63

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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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.…

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.…

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

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 73

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 77

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 71

RHETORIC – The Game That Will Make Public Speaking Fun

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RHETORIC–The Public Speaking Game™. Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill.

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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

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 75

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.

2017 88

How To Speak So You Engage Your Exceedingly Restless Millennial Audience

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“If the stereotype of Gen Y is one who is spoilt, irresponsible and immediate gratification based, Benjamin Loh defies all that!”

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