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.
Time well spent

Time well spent

Not every presenter feels comfortable with a laugh and a joke. Not everyone is able to turn their story into a thrilling action-packed adventure. But every speaker should be intent on entertaining their audience and teaching them something so that at the end they say,...
Just be yourself

Just be yourself

“What makes anyone a great presenter? Simple: your audience wants an authentic story from a real person. Someone with problems and challenges. Someone with goals and ambitions. The trick to performing better is to be more of...
Just having a conversation

Just having a conversation

  A recent survey in the United States showed that people feared speaking in public even more than death.   That is a strong statement! And we are talking about a country that is considered to be pretty good at standing up in public. Over-reacting to what...
Show no fear

Show no fear

To be fair, if there is something on the line, you are going to feel a bit nervous. Everyone gets nervous when the stakes are high. The thing is, your audience rarely sees the difference between fear and excitement. So, decide to be excited and use the...
Finding your voice

Finding your voice

The easiest way to progress as a presenter is to work on your voice. You have to find your ‘presenter’s voice’ to make maximum impact. People are in fact much more sensitive to sound than they are aware of. Therefore, your job, is to create the best sound waves...
The rule of 3

The rule of 3

Structure is important. In storytelling and in presentations it allows your message to be engaging, memorable and easy to follow. The rule of three is designed to help you achieve these. Derived from writing, the rule of three supposes that events, characters, and...
Hope and reality

Hope and reality

Sometimes, we don’t make presentations based on what we’ve got, but rather we present what ‘could be’. This happens all the time. Movie producers buy scripts for sometimes millions of dollars, to then produce what they hope will become a blockbuster. The finished...
Structure sets you free

Structure sets you free

This phrase may seem contradictory at first but in fact it’s quite logical. Think about road infrastructure for a moment. You have an intricate framework that allows a car to go from point A to point B. How you arrive at point B though can vary depending on the route...