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...
The power of emotion

The power of emotion

We can never repeat it enough; people understand with logic but they buy on emotion. Your job is to generate emotion during your presentation, beginning with the most powerful and indispensable one when it comes to selling… TRUST.
Vivid, colorful language

Vivid, colorful language

When you are making a presentation, you are creating mental images for your audience. Choose your words carefully. Use powerful, colorful words that paint images in your audience’s mind.
Ruthless execution

Ruthless execution

When making a presentation, every slide must be carefully thought out. You need ruthless execution. Nothing left to chance; everything under control. Every word you utter, every thought you express needs to be another brick in the wall.
90% of all presentations are boring

90% of all presentations are boring

I’m exaggerating of course. 95% of all presentations are boring! And that is a mortal sin. If you are boring, you are wasting your audience’s time. They hate that and will resent you for it. No one makes friends that way. Your one key responsibility when making a...
Work backwards

Work backwards

In order to structure your thoughts, start with the conclusion. On what journey would you like to take your audience? What do you want to achieve? Then, work your way back to the beginning; map out the story that takes the audience to where you want them to...
Being crystal clear

Being crystal clear

In every presentation, you should define what you want your audience to do or learn. To get them to do something, you need a compelling call to action. To get them to learn something, you need to present with conviction and clarity.