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How to open your talk with a question

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Do you sometime struggle to decide how to open your presentations?

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

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I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

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I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet.

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10 tips for overcoming the fear of being bold

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I’m working on being bold – whether it’s in a one on one conversation or in a presentation. In the past, I’ve often watered down what I say to avoid upsetting anyone. And I’m not alone. Many of the people that I coach are concerned about being bold.

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10 tips for overcoming the fear of being bold

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I’m working on being bold – whether it’s in a one on one conversation or in a presentation. In the past, I’ve often watered down what I say to avoid upsetting anyone. And I’m not alone. Many of the people that I coach are concerned about being bold.

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How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

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Making a presentation simple requires hard thinking. You might be concerned that in your quest to make your presentation simple, you’ll dumb it down.

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Find a Presentation Designer Here

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Are you looking for a presentation designer? I’ve been asked so many times if I could recommend a presentation designer that I’ve decided to publish a list of PowerPoint and Keynote slide design companies and freelancers.

7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

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Reference: Hartley J and Davies I “Note taking: A critical review” Programmed Learning and Educational technology, 1978,15, 207-224 cited by John Medina in Brain Rules. Keeping audience attention is more important and more difficult than grabbing audience attention.

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The two types of presenter: which are you?

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This is a post written by Tony Burns, my partner and co-trainer. There are two types of people in the world – those who divide the world into two types of people, and those who don’t. I’m one of the former.

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The sobering truth about what an audience remembers

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Last week I spent three awesome days at the Presentation Summit. In this post, I want to explore what audience members remember from a presentation, using the first three keynotes of the conference as my examples. I asked as many people as I could what they remembered from each of these keynotes.

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16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

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I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

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Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week.

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13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

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Your presentation handout is the lasting concrete manifestation of your presentation. It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards.

How to write a presentation title that gets people flocking to your session

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Get inspiration for your presentation title from magazines. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler. You might not give much thought to your presentation title for a conference presentation.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

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Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home.

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What to do when you’re losing your audience

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Your audience’s attention will fade over time unless you take specific steps to keep them engaged.

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The 5 Bad Habits of Experienced Speakers

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I’ve been through a long journey (25 years) of developing as a speaker. I started off shy, nervous and tentative. Now I’m a high energy, animated speaker and I love connecting, laughing, riffing with an audience. But along the way I’ve picked up some bad habits.

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

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In my last post, I argued that you already have attention at the start of your presentation. The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

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In my last post, I argued that you already have attention at the start of your presentation. The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement.

6 Secrets to get People to Take Action after your Presentation

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How can you increase the likelihood that people will take action after your presentation? Chip and Dan Heath reveal many of the secrets in their latest book Switch. I’ve added a few more tips that I’ve learnt over my years presenting and training. Script the critical move.

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6 Secrets to get People to Take Action after your Presentation

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How can you increase the likelihood that people will take action after your presentation? Chip and Dan Heath reveal many of the secrets in their latest book Switch. I’ve added a few more tips that I’ve learnt over my years presenting and training. Script the critical move.

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The first five stages of speaker development

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I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her at the conference.

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The first five stages of speaker development

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I don’t remember where I heard this story – it might not even be true – but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her at the conference.

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

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I’ve just completed my first large webinar as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series. Before doing my own webinar I attended webinars by webinar experts Ken Molay and Roger Courville.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

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Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning. I’ll be looking at how to avoid some of these presentation planning traps in a live webinar with Ellen Finkelstein next week.

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Presentation structure: Why it’s smarter to put your conclusion in your opening

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A long time ago I attended a presentation on ostrich farming. It was pleasantly interesting because I love animals but I didn’t really get the point – after all I wasn’t planning on being an ostrich farmer.

The three causes of public speaking fear (and what you can do about them)

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Fear of public speaking often feels like it hits you out of nowhere. But I’m going to suggest that there are three distinct causes of speech anxiety. I’m using a common brain model to explain these different causes of speaking anxiety.

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How I did a makeover of my signature story at the Story Theater Retreat

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When Tony and I were in America we attended a Story Theater Retreat with professional speaker Doug Stevenson. This is a two-and-a-half-day workshop focusing on crafting and refining just one story, but at the same time teaching you a process that you can apply to all of your stories.

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How to craft a memorable key message in 10 minutes

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A key message is the number one thing you want your audience to remember or do as a result of your presentation. Some experts call it “the big idea”, the core of your presentation or the proposition. Start planning your presentation by deciding on your key message.

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New evidence that bullet-points don’t work

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At last, we have some scientifically rigorous evidence to show that slides full of bullet-points don’t work. The research is the work of Chris Atherton , a cognitive psychologist.

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Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

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Resonate , Nancy Duarte’s latest book, is for the serious student of presentations. Resonate delves deep into the art of presenting and analyzes precisely what makes a presentation persuasive and memorable.

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Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

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Resonate , Nancy Duarte’s latest book, is for the serious student of presentations. Resonate delves deep into the art of presenting and analyzes precisely what makes a presentation persuasive and memorable.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

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Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home.

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6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

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Scott Berkun speaking at the Web2.0 Expo 2009. Photo by James Duncan Davidson. Scott Berkun’s book Confessions of a public speaker is an entertaining and enlightening read on what it what it takes, and what it’s like, to be a professional speaker.

Two live presentation events that will enrich your presentations – and your life

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If you live in the States, there are some excellent live events coming this spring. There’s also an opportunity to win a free ticket, so read on: Hook Presentation Conference. This conference has an impressive line up of keynote speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk, Scott Stratten and Michael Hyatt.

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Two live presentation events that will enrich your presentations – and your life

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If you live in the States, there are some excellent live events coming this spring: Hook Presentation Conference. This conference has an impressive line up of keynote speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk, Scott Stratten and Michael Hyatt.

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10 tools for presenting with Twitter

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Presenting while people are tweeting is challenging – but also adds a new dimension to the presentation experience for your audience. Gradually tools are being developed to make it easier for you as the presenter to manage the backchannel.

How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

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Photo by Olly Barrett. This week I went to my first Pecha Kucha night in Wellington, New Zealand. Pecha Kucha was developed as a presentation format to allow design and creative types to share their passions and show off their work. The format is very tight.

Why most attempts at audience participation fail and what to do about it

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Yesterday I had a skype conversation with Twitter follower Todd (@TJList) on how to include audience participation in a presentation. He’s presenting on getting through the economic downturn to an audience of small business owners.

How to present with Twitter and other backchannels

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Presenting with Twitter can be challenging. Just about every week a new story of a speaker getting roasted on Twitter makes waves in the blogosphere. I’ve written a free eBook “How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels)&# to help you avoid that fate. There’s no sign up required. Just click and read. I asked my trusted and expert community to review the book and say what they thought of it: “Fantastic eBook! Outstanding information and well worth the read.&#