The Winning Presenter’s Mindset

The Winning Presenter’s Mindset

Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. People often feel stressed before making a big presentation. Of course, that’s normal if the stakes are high. However, to cope with those feelings, you have to be able to give new meaning to what...
Do not read your slides

Do not read your slides

If you are using powerpoint, think twice. Each slide must serve a purpose and must go light on content. Too many words are a killer. But the real killer is when people put full sentences on their slides, AND READ THEM. If you want to kill your audience’s enthusiasm,...
Hara hachi bu

Hara hachi bu

If you are looking for a good idea to lose weight, try hara hachi bu. This Japanese concept means only eat until you are 80% full, not 100%. The is a great principle to apply to your presentations. Don’t fill your slides or your time up completely. Leave some white...
Just like Dizzy Gillespie

Just like Dizzy Gillespie

The great jazzman and trumpet virtuoso, Dizzy Gillespie, said at the end of his amazing career, “It has taken me all my life to learn what not to play”. Apply that to your presentations. Don’t say everything. Say just what you need to establish credibility and...
Leaning on technology

Leaning on technology

One more time to make a rant on powerpoint. Do not lean on your slides like a drunken sailor leans on a lamppost, meaning for support rather than illumination. Your powerpoint, your visual aids, should work for you, not against you.