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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Keys to Delivering a Killer Presentation

6 Steps to Delivering a Killer Presentation

Why do we continue to see so many dull, lifeless presentations? I’ve thought a lot about this problem, but the #1 reason is that speakers seem to think it’s enough just to inform an audience. But it is not. Audiences want to be entertained. Here We Are Now, Entertain Us Some may find that notion objectionable, […]

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act naturally in a presentation

6 Keys to Acting Naturally in a Presentation

One of the most important factors in delivering a successful presentation is the ability to look and act naturally. If you’re stiff, uncomfortable and “not yourself,” that’s definitely going to negatively impact how your audience perceives you. There’s no magic formula that will instantly make you look and feel cool, calm and comfortable. But there are […]

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Understand Your Audience

Speakers: 6 Steps to Understanding Your Audience

Every audience has one thing in common: they want to know, “What’s in it for me?” If your speech or presentation is all about you, you’ll never grab and hold their interest. So whether you’re presenting to a group of coworkers around a conference room table or to a thousand strangers in a ballroom, there […]

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What to Do When Your Speaking Time is Cut Short

I’ve done a couple of speeches where events beyond my control cut seriously into my allotted speaking time. If you’re ever in that situation, here’s what to do and what not to do. The Best Laid Plans … I construct my presentations meticulously. If I’ve got an hour-long time slot, then I know I will […]

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