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.
The surgical strike

The surgical strike

Most presenters are convinced that they need to tell their audience everything. Their presentations are packed with facts and their slides are overflowing with data. The problem is, that people buy on emotion, not logic. Make a surgical strike and tell the audience...

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse…

Imagine Tony Parker going into a big game and deciding that he can’t be bothered with warming up. He’ll just wait for the game to start to make things happen. Of course, you would find that idea to be ridiculous. Yet, how many people make presentations without even...
Don’t talk to strangers

Don’t talk to strangers

Everyone has heard this adage so how do you apply it to presentations? It is much easier to talk with people that you know. So, your job is to learn everything you can about your audience. Knowing your audience well will help you talk to them just like talking to a...
Nobody is perfect

Nobody is perfect

And that is the good news! People don’t like perfection in a presenter because it makes them feel uncomfortable. That’s because they know that they are not. How can you find some simple ways to make yourself more human – more imperfect? This is a great way to connect...
Being yourself n°2

Being yourself n°2

As one funny adage goes, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. Just as you can sing the same song in different ways, you can swing a golf club to hit the ball in many styles. There is no one right way to go about things. But at the end of the day, every audience want...