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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 78

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 67

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 69

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 80

10 Tips for…Using Your Voice

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It’s your instrument and most people don’t really know how to use it. But it can greatly influence people’s perception of both you and your brand. Projecting your voice is so much more than just speaking louder. Follow these 10 tips to make sure they hear you – in every sense.…

2018 56

How to Add Images into Your Text in PowerPoint

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There are a several Text Fill options in PowerPoint that work pretty much the same way as the Shape Fill options do.

2018 65

10 Tips for…Freshening Your Delivery

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You are, most often, the final ingredient that will make a presentation, that is good on paper, go well in the real world. Here are 10 tips that will add that little extra something to your delivery and will ensure that your presentation stands out for the right reasons.…

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 95

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!”

2017 82

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 91

Sawubona: ‘See’ Your Audience

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According to the popular adage, “seeing is believing.” In other words, if you see something yourself, you will believe it to be real or true, even if the existence of that thing was unexpected. This idea that I have to see it to believe it stretches from ancient history to modern times.…

2018 56

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Just Cut and Paste

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Is it ever a good idea to copy/paste text and tables directly out of a publication? In Dr Oliver Hauss’s previous article, he pointed out the dangerous lure of simply reusing slides and, especially, visuals premade for scientific print publications or slide documents.

2018 64

How to Be an Effective Presenter Through Better Listening

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Presenting is one of those life skills that’ll benefit you no matter where you go, from the classroom to the boardroom. Although it can often be nerve-wracking, presenting is a skill that should be honed to be part of your arsenal – you’ll never know where it will be useful!…

2017 84

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 91

If You Don’t Understand What the Audience Wants…

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If you don’t understand what the audience wants, you can’t be relevant. If you can’t be relevant, you won’t be interesting. If you aren’t interesting, you won’t be heard. If you’re not heard, you’ll be forgotten. If you’re forgotten, you’re done.

2018 72

Fixed with Gold – the Painful Lessons That Help the Presenter Grow

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If you want to grow as a speaker, you can’t learn if you don’t fall, and it’s not whether, or how far, you fall that defines you, it’s how you get up, dust yourself off and carry on.

2018 72

Use Storytelling to Present with Power

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Think of the last good movie you watched. It likely had bright images, a compelling script, music, rhythm and heroic characters. All these elements came together and made you feel something – excited, sad, angry, maybe even apathy.

2018 73

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.…

2017 97

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.

2016 113

Let’s look at Interactive Digital Whiteboards

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With the advent of digital whiteboards, the days of chalk and markers might just be over. While many of us might still be fond of whiteboards, they might soon change in ways we might not have imagined.

2018 61

Why Comparisons are Bad But Can Be Made Good

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Will you ever be a great presenter if you don’t believe in your own ability and worth? A great deal of the advice around Presentation Skills is focused on actual Presentation Techniques.

2017 94

Fixed with Gold – 3 More Painful Lessons That Help the Presenter Grow

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In the first post in the series, I bared my soul about some of the howlers I made as a speaker, and pointed to the lessons that we can all learn from them that make us stronger and more resilient in the future, however painful the past might have been.…

2018 61

The Most Effective Way to Begin a Presentation

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

2017 90

10 Tips for… Starting Brilliantly

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So many people ask us how to start well in a presentation and how to make the maximum impact in those crucial first few minutes.

2018 61

Book Review – Visual Thinking by Emma Bannister

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If you want to make better presentations, and I think most of us do, Visual Thinking is a presentation design book aimed at real people with a message to share. A resource for people who have presentations to create as part of their work or studies, and who aren’t professional designers.

2018 59

Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of the Spoken Word

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What words do you use to demonstrate conviction, to connect with your audience or to inspire and communicate confidence in your subject matter?

2017 77

Why You Need to Invest in Creating Professional Powerpoint Templates

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Many companies – maybe yours – make the decision to design their presentations in-house. That’s fine, but in order not to waste time (and money) you need to make sure your team has been given the right training AND the right tools for the job.

2018 64

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.

2016 109

Even with Great Content You Can Destroy Your Message

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Even with great content you can destroy your message simply by the way you present it as Mark Robinson shows us in his 2016 TEDx talk: How to Present to Keep Your Audience’s Attention.

2018 65

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.

2017 81

Why Public Speaking is Good for Your Career

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People listen when Warren Buffett speaks.

2017 77

How to Engage the Audience When Your Data is the Story

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How can presenters keep an audience engaged when going over large sets of data?

2017 100

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.…

2017 82

7 Tried and Tested Tips to Overcome Writers Block

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Have you ever felt you were losing the ability to produce anything worthwhile? Anyone, at any point in their writing career, can experience a creative slowdown, a time when they just completely run out of inspiration.

How Can You Improve Your Sales? Ask These Questions

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If there’s one key learning that will improve your sales conversations, it is this: Sales is an iceberg, not a mountain. Too often, presentations focus on the product and the outcome, as if that all-important meeting were a mountain that the presenter has to climb.…

2018 59

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.”

2017 86

Persuasive Presenting: 3 Strategies for More Effective Leadership

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Internal communications require just as much care and attention because what – and how – we communicate to our teams is ultimately what will drive our success.

2018 59

The Small Changes to your Speech that will have a Big Effect

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So if you have read Jim’s earlier piece on how to become a more charismatic speaker, you will know what you are supposed to be doing – but how exactly do you do it? Concrete examples, that’s what we need.

2017 71

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 90

Should Schools Offer a BA in Presentation Design?

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Here’s an interesting question: should schools offer a BA in Presentation Design?

2018 56