Getting more by subtraction

Getting more by subtraction

When many presenters take to the stage, they are often tempted to tell the audience everything they know about the project or product. The end result is often too much information, too many details, and a lack of the big picture. What is the solution? Saying less is...
What kind of presentation is it?

What kind of presentation is it?

Do you really need to make this presentation or could a memo suffice? And the truth is, maybe the memo is the best solution for everyone. But if you decide to present an idea, it is because you want to make change happen. What action are you seeking? Two types: 1....
Stay focused on the target

Stay focused on the target

To reach your target during your next presentation, stay focused on what you want, not on what you don’t want. When you focus on not missing the target instead of on hitting the bull’s-eye, the results are often disastrous, because it is impossible to think negative...
Much more than just semantics

Much more than just semantics

Just semantics? Choosing the right word is of course of capital importance. But even more importantly, verbalizing that word with just the right amount of punch, finesse, softness, boldness, audaciousness or whatever it takes to articulate the meaning of the word is...
Memorizing your presentations

Memorizing your presentations

When you see a truly great performance, there will be no visible signs of memorization. And yet, they first memorized their messages, and then went way beyond that; so that what you see, is someone speaking from the heart. That is what it means to know something by...
All the world’s a stage

All the world’s a stage

As Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. So, reconsider when and where you can speak in public next. Grab every opportunity. If you’re a marketer, being able to speak in public means you can sell your story. If...
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...