How to Use a Podium in a Presentation

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Sometimes you can’t control it. You have to use a podium. You can still use it well. Podiums serve two major purposes: They give the presenter a place to put notes. They give the event organizer a way to use one, stationary microphone, instead of needing multiple wireless microphones or a hand-held mic with a cord. The Real Problem with Podiums: Here’s the big problem with podiums: They put an object, a barrier, in between the presenter and the audience. … Continue reading

How Great Brands Use Presentations to Stand Apart From The Competition

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When you think of great brands, famous brands, what do you think of? Usually one thing, one thing that they do better than anyone or different from everyone and that they do consistently: a product, a service, or an approach. The same idea works when it comes to presentations. You should use the front of the room to reinforce what makes you special, what makes you stand out by doing your “one thing” over and over. In this video I’ll show … Continue reading

How to Reinvigorate a Stale Presentation

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Sometimes we have to deliver a presentation that has grown stale. We don’t have an option. We have to give that presentation. The boss says so. The situation demands it. The client wants it. You have two choices: deliver the same old same old, or reinvigorate it. In this video. I’ll show you two simple steps to putting life back into the presentation–and your performance. It’s not that hard to reinvigorate you and the presentation By making these two adjustments you … Continue reading

Two Things a Big League Pitcher Can Teach You About Your Next Presentation

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Camden Yards, the baseball park that changed ballparks in the major leagues. I covered the very first game played at Camden Yards. Rick Sutcliffe was the starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles that day and forever holds the honor of throwing the first pitch in a game in that ballpark. Years later, after he retired, I asked Sutcliffe the key to his success as a big league pitcher. I remember his answer vividly … Continue reading

Three Steps to Learning New Presentation Skills

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The only way you can improve your presentations is to learn new presentation skills. Sounds simple, in theory. In practice, however, it means the inevitable struggle we always face when learning new skills. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that hard. During a recent family vacation to Ireland, I encountered a driving situation that reminded me of a simple, but extremely effective approach to learning new skills–presentation skills or any new skills. Come along for a fun journey that can … Continue reading

How to Avoid Confusing Your Audience with Mixed Messages

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I came across this sign on my drive to work earlier this week. The arrow points to the right, but the words are upside down, which means the arrow should be pointing to the left. I think. And there’s the rub. Because what I saw—the arrow—didn’t match the words. Mixed message. I had to choose. Go right, or go left? I had to stop and think about it. And that’s what happens in presentations. If we tell our audience one … Continue reading

Bring Your Presentation to Life Using Stories

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What’s your favorite movie? Without knowing the answer, I’ll bet I know the basic storyline: Someone wanted something Something got in his/her/their way of getting what they wanted A struggle took place It looked like your someone wasn’t going to get what he/she/they wanted Your someone learned an important lesson from the struggle It helped him/her/them get what they originally wanted or something even more valuable That’s the storyline of pretty much all great stories from Homer’s Illiad right on … Continue reading

And the Winner Is…What to Do After a Major Presentation Mistake

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For obvious reasons, most people dread making a major presentation mistake. We don’t want to look stupid. We don’t want to fail. Ironically, it’s when things do go wrong in a presentation that you actually have a chance to shine the brightest—by showing your ability to handle the moment. Lessons from The Academy Awards This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is probably the winner of biggest blunder ever in a pivotal moment of a presentation. They gave the presenters, Warren Beatty … Continue reading