How Much is Too Much in a Presentation?

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There’s a pretty good chance you are busier today than you were five or ten years ago. So is everyone else I meet. So is everyone you face in a presentation. It’s a common complaint: “I’m so busy. I never have enough time.” Why everyone is in that situation is a topic for another day, but recognizing that there is a universal condition of feeling overwhelmed is an important step toward building the content in your next presentation. Avoid Too … Continue reading

The Most Important Presentation You’ll Ever Give

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You don’t always know when you have to give your most important presentation. That’s what makes it so tricky. Throughout the course of your life and your career you will make a lot of important presentations. Some will seem similar, others wildly different. In some you’ll have the front of the room to yourself. In others you will share the platform with someone else or even a team of people.  Some of your presentations will raise awareness, some will raise … Continue reading

Play Your Aces in a Presentation

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Recently I presented my full-day Presentation Transformation seminar to a group of highly talented executives at NatCon18, the national convention for behavioral health experts.  Early in the day unfolded, I noticed one woman knitting in the back of the room. It wasn’t a distraction. It was amazing. She did it effortlessly, without even thinking about it. And it didn’t distract her attention. It was part of who she was. A few minutes later, one of the men in the group shared … Continue reading

What Country Music Singers Can Teach You About Business Presentations

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My wife and I spent last weekend in Nashville where our son lives. We had a Sunday Fun-Day, hitting different bars and restaurants around town listening to music. After seeing six or seven different performers and duos a couple of parallels emerged between performers and business presenters. When the spotlight shines on you, you have to be ready to shine too. Just get going! The Spotlight: They use a spotlight for a reason. It shows people where to look. Audiences … Continue reading

How to Give a Speech or Presentation Like a Hall of Famer

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Can you imagine the thrill of getting inducted into a hall of fame and joining a list of immortals? What would you say at your induction speech? The answer to that second question has led to talks that range from good to great to awful. The Path of Greatness It takes consistent greatness in your sport to make it to the hall of fame. Once you get there, it takes adherence to a proven set of principles to ensure your … Continue reading

Use Less “I” and More “They” in Presentations

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The fastest way to improve your presentations and your presentation skills is to get over yourself. Once you get over the idea that the presentation is about you, then getting up in front of the room or in front of a camera gets far easier. There’s a powerful shift that takes place when you change one thing about your approach to presentations: your focus. The shift in focus of your presentations When you focus less on yourself and more on … Continue reading

The Big Idea That Will Improve Your Next Presentation

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One big idea can change everything. Think of your favorite song. In a few words, what is that song about? Think of a movie you really love. In a few words, what is that move about? That’s the big idea. It’s the idea that everything else revolves around. And too often it’s missing from presentations. The Big Idea at Work After you watch a movie, you don’t remember every single line said in every single scene. You remember what the movie … Continue reading

How to Influence Audience Perception in Presentations

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Understanding how to influence audience perception in presentations begins with understanding the lasting power of presentations. Think for a moment about the last presentation you attended. What do you remember from that? What was your perception of the presenter? The Power and Speed of Perception If you’re like most people, you remember the perception more clearly than the content. There are plenty of reasons for that. One of the biggest reasons is we form perceptions quickly and then spend most … Continue reading

How to Slow Your Delivery in a Presentation

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As soon as you walk to the front of the room to give your presentation, adrenaline kicks into overdrive. That’s a good thing if you control it and allow it to energize you. It becomes a bad thing if the adrenaline highjacks the pace of your delivery and turns you into a rapid-fire presenter. In order to establish your control of the room, you first have to establish control of yourself. That means taking control of your delivery. There isn’t … Continue reading

How to Handle an Emergency Presentation or Interview on Skype

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The nature of emergencies is you don’t see them coming. Unfortunately in the era of Skype and video conferencing, an emergency can mean everyone else can see you caught off guard. The trick is finding a way to be your best when you don’t have time to look your best. I can help you there. Welcome to Skype emergencies In the age of video conferencing, an emergency can quickly become a Skype emergency. And even though you didn’t see it … Continue reading