How to stay calm during a presentation

Presentation Pro Tip #2: Keep Your Cool, Patti Smith-style

If you’re a fan of Bob Dylan or Patti Smith (or both) this video is must viewing. But even if you’re not, it’s worth watching for some important lessons on how to keep calm when things go off the rails during a presentation. If you hadn’t heard, singer/poet/artist Patti Smith went to Stockholm this weekend […]

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TED-Style Slides

Still Presenting Like It’s 1999? Fix Your Slides Now!

If your PowerPoint decks are still stuck in the last century (dull, ugly and wordy), audiences may think your ideas are stuck there, too. Don’t sweat it. I’ve got a fix for you. This year I debuted a new talk that has already helped hundreds of conference attendees modernize their slides so they can deliver […]

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Presentation Pro Tip

Presentation Pro Tip #1: Create a Stage Picture

I’ve been traveling the country the past couple of months training a client’s sales managers on their presentation skills — by the time I’m done I’ll have trained nearly 100 people. Interestingly, I’ve found that the more I teach, the more I learn. I’m discovering tons of great lessons I almost forgot I knew! So […]

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Break bad habit

How to Break a Bad Speaking Habit

A speaking coach I know says 95% of her clients talk too fast. Which is a pretty understandable reaction to the often surreal experience of getting up in front of a bunch of people to speak. But talking too quickly makes it harder for your audience to understand you. And your key points don’t “land” […]

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Presentation skills

The Worst Presentation I Ever Gave

I usually kick off my presentation skills workshops with the story of the worst presentation I ever saw. But the only thing worse than sitting through a terrible presentation is being the one at the front of the room delivering that terrible presentation. So here is the story of the worst presentation I ever gave. […]

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Death by PowerPoint

Are Your PowerPoint Slides Killing Your Reputation?

Any time I join a meeting and see dull black text projected on a plain white background, a little piece of my soul dies. Word slides are the worst. Not only are they proven to be ineffective, but they imply that you may be out of touch and behind the times. Which is a terrible […]

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#100SpeakingTips

100 Tips for Giving a Better Presentation

Want to learn how to give a better presentation with an absolute minimum investment of time and money? Here are 100 quick tips in Twitter-sized chunks. They’re collected from my #100SpeakingTips project in which I tweeted a presentation tip a day for 100 (business) days. The final tweet posted yesterday and you can see them […]

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Death by PowerPoint

New: A Guide to Creating TED-style Slides

TED Talks have changed audience expectations for what a presentation should be. Or perhaps they’re merely a reflection of where audience tastes are going. Either way, there’s no doubt the trend is toward speeches and presentations that are shorter, driven by story and visually compelling. As a result, the bar for speakers has never been […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

Anniversary Sale: Half Off 11 Deadly Presentation Sins

It was two years ago this week that I brought 11 Deadly Presentation Sins into this world and, just like that, Death by PowerPoint has been eradicated from the world’s conference rooms and ballrooms. Not actually … which is bad news for business people, but good news for continued book sales and workshop bookings! 11 […]

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#100SpeakingTips

Now Tweeting: #100SpeakingTips in 100 Days

Want to improve your presentation skills? For the next 100 days, I’ll be tweeting one tip a day designed to help anyone craft and deliver better presentations. Follow #100SpeakingTips on Twitter You can follow the hashtag #100SpeakingTips or check out my Twitter feed each morning for the next several months. Tips will include some of my […]

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