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The Relationship Between Incontinence, Credibility, Trust and Value

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You read it right. Here’s the back story. Whenever I’m a guest lecturer or conducting training, I’ll frequently start out with a story. And just for the record, I’ve been telling stories long before it became a recognized sales tool!)

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The Secret Weapon of the Most Successful Speakers

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Imagine that you’ve been engaged to coach a senior speaker for an upcoming keynote presentation. You get up in the morning, put on your second best suit, polish your shoes and get on the train or plane to travel to your client’s place of work.…

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The Most Effective Way to Begin a Presentation

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Simon Sinek spends his life teaching leaders how to inspire others.

2017 41

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.

6 Common Pitch Deck Mistakes You Need to Avoid

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So, you have a great idea for a business. Maybe it’s something that will revolutionise the industry you’re targeting, or something that will change the lives of consumers forever. Or maybe it’s something simpler.

2017 35

Five Things You Didn’t Know PowerPoint Could Do

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PowerPoint has come a long way since the days of bullets and text, but how many people actually realise just how much is possible with this most widely used presentation software? Taking the time to learn just that little bit more than everyone else will make your presentation instantly stand out.

2017 42

So You Want to be a Presentation Designer?

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What’s Your Goal? When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I had the idea of creating a little business sideline that would bring in some extra cash and afford us some nice holidays overseas.

How to Design a Presentation that will Convince Investors

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Investors are a special type of audience. I have been creating investor presentations for my clients for the last decade, and would like to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way.

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7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Audience Hooked

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There’s nothing worse than realising mid-presentation that your audience is asleep. In fact, a recent Harris Poll survey discovered that half of respondents do something other than listen during a presentation. Texting, checking email, and dozing off were the most popular distractors.

What Should I Do With My Hands?

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Many people will naturally feel uncomfortable when speaking in public, with all eyes upon them. But while we may be concentrating hard on our words, our hands could be sending out the wrong message without us even realising it.

Rethinking Title Slides

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The title slide is prime presentation real estate. You can either choose to invest in it or miss a great opportunity to grab you audience’s attention from the start.

Four Lessons from the Mountain for Every Public Speaker

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A few weeks ago, my friend Timo Sorri came to Geneva for a visit. Timo is an expert in presentation design. You can learn more about what he does on his website. And, you can read his answers to the Guru’s Big Five Questions here.…

Data Needs Context

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Is your presentation data meaningful? It’s all about context. Numbers are meaningless on their own. Jude Barak shows us how to share our data in the most effective way. Every entrepreneur and manager knows how important it is to make the right business decisions.…

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Pixar is now Teaching the Art of Storytelling

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The power of story is the ability to connect with people on an emotional level.

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10 Essential Steps to a Beautiful Eulogy for a Loved One

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This is a magazine for professional speakers, and aspiring speakers, but let’s remember that for all of us, some of the most challenging moments will be speeches we make in our personal lives. Those are the ones where it really counts.

2017 35

5 Really Simple and Cheap Ways To Improve Your Presentation Skills

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Presenting better than the norm gives you a clear competitive advantage in your field. If you present slightly better than the norm in your industry, firm or profession, you’ll tend to stand out. If you stand out, you’ll get a reputation for being capable in so many more areas than that.…

Can a slidedoc ever be a presentation?

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In scientific presentations, pre-made slides are a bane and a boon at the same time. Some journals offer all the figures from publications as slides, but it’s usually as a single unalterable image, which make the slide often unsuited for presentation.

Big Picture or Deep Detail? Do both with PowerPoint Zoom

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Sometimes in our presentations we need big-picture thinking to set vision and direction. Yet at other times, we need to deep dive and drill down into the detail. But what if we need to do both ? What if we need to talk about the future, but explain the specifics and how we’re going to get there?…

The Guru’s Big Five Questions – Florian Mueck

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This 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.

2017 35

Will the Power of PowerPoint Lie in its New 3D Tool?

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The boundaries of what and how you can present with PowerPoint are being pushed ever further. In an earlier post we discussed five things you didn’t know PowerPoint could do, including 3D models. In this post, Emma Bannister test drives the feature and gives us her verdict.

How To Give A Great Presentation With Just Your Phone

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Mobile devices are becoming increasingly capable of doing more than offering the means for checking emails, sending text messages, and playing frivolous games. And of course, they can also be used to make calls!

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A Fast, Easy Way to Add Images to Your Presentation

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Subscribing to pricey image libraries is probably not something the everyday presenter would consider.

10 Of The Best Tools For Hosting A Webinar

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There are a number of methods used by individuals and organizations to reach a wide audience using the internet. These may include: advertising online using pay-per-click ads, social media marketing, posting a YouTube video of screencasts, demos and events, or simply, conducting a webinar.…

Data Visualisation Advice to Stop You Drowning in the Numbers

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How to engage an audience when data is your story and the fact that data needs context in order to mean anything are two areas that Jude Barak has previously written about for us.

What can Business Presenters Learn from the Best Street Entertainers in the World?

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There’s a 36 year old guy, married with a mortgage and 3 kids. He stands on a cobbled street in London, asking tourists for money.

5 Ways to Make your Presentation More Visual and Effective

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Visualizing slides (just a fancy word for transforming slides full of text into more visual slides) is a big part of my job, but you don’t need to be a PowerPoint expert to apply some basic visualization techniques to your presentations.

2017 34

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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How To Prepare For The Unexpected Questions

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As presenters, many of us have been caught off guard during the Q&A section after a presentation. In this article, Jim gives a detailed list of the importance of rehearsal and preparation, and the necessity for speakers to anticipate what their audience may ask.

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Should You Use Storytelling in Scientific Presentations?

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“Stories are anecdotes and we expect medical technologies to be based on a bit more solid evidence than that.”

Laughter – the Best Medicine to Cure a Boring Presentation

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What do great speakers do? Well we could tell you, but, probably better we let David Nihill SHOW you.

2017 29

Why My Clients Will Pay $2000/hour for PowerPoint

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For many in the presentation industry, deciding on an appropriate hourly rate to charge clients can be frustrating. How to determine how much your time is worth as a business can be incredibly difficult.

From Bullet Points to Visual Presentation – and Why It Matters

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If you have tried in the past to use more pictures in your presentations but you’re not quite convinced, keep reading and take a second look at what’s possible and why it matters.

How To Speak – And Get Paid For It!

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Many of our readers and contributors are consultants and small business owners who learned their skill or trade through previous careers and then began to share them using the presentation industry. But how does one transition from corporate life into consultancy?

16 Ways to Make Your Case at Meetings

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What’s the best way to prepare for an argument or debate? Keeping an open mind and preparing for different points of view can help tremendously when you’re getting ready to present your case.

Spice Up Your Speeches with these 3 Rhetorical Devices

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Many of the greatest speeches in history have influenced their audience on an almost subliminal level.

This Is What Every Nervous Speaker Needs To Be Told

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In this article, Jim Harvey identifies 3 new rules to help the less experienced presenter who wants to stand out, to build their confidence and skills more quickly.

Present in Four Places at the Same Time

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Technology has completely changed the way presenters can get their message out to an audience. New digital mediums have opened up opportunities for speakers to broadcast thoughts and ideas to the entire world from virtually anywhere.

What Do You Think About Having Notes When You Present?

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We’ve published a few articles on presentation preparation , but we’ve never addressed the use of notes when presenting. It’s exactly the kind of issue that the Guru was set up to tackle. Should a presenter use notes? What will the audience think?

The 3 Legs of the Better Presentation Stool

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Do your company presentations hit the spot each and every time? Be honest. If the answer’s no, you may be pleased to know you’re not alone but that doesn’t solve the problem.

The Best Websites for Google Slides, Prezi and PowerPoint Templates

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We have compiled a list of template providers for Google Slides, Prezi and PowerPoint, including some which offer templates that are compatible with more than one platform.