Blog posts on Content

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

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...

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How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

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. In this post I want to show you the difference between dumbing down and true simplicity - and how you can achieve true...

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How to stop information overload in your presentation

Do your presentations suffer from information overload?  One of my readers, Alec, wrote to me for help with this: I know I should edit mercilessly, but the dilemma is that I'm often presenting fairly controversial points of view, or unorthodox (but proven) approaches,...

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7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

Keeping audience attention is more important and more difficult than grabbing audience attention. A reader emailed me: “What can I do to keep the audience’s attention through the whole of my presentation. There are always people who don’t seem to be listening.” A...

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How to craft a memorable key message in 10 minutes

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. It...

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Why your presentation shouldn’t flow

When I ask people on our courses how their presentation went they often say "It didn't flow." I ask them to elaborate and they say "I stumbled, I had mind blanks, and I had to start sentences again because they didn't make sense." I then ask the audience how they...

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How to create soundbites in your presentation

Max Atkinson claims there's no magic to it. There's no need to go to a quote book. Follow rhetorical principles and you can create your own quotable soundbite. Twenty-five years ago Max Atkinson was an Oxford academic - his area of research was conversation analysis....

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