The One Letter on Your Keyboard That Can Improve Your PowerPoint

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Wouldn’t you love it if one letter on your keyboard could solve a problem? For this problem, press X. For that problem, press Y. For another problem, press the b-key. Problem solved. Sounds good, right? Well, there is a one letter solution to one of the most vexing problems with PowerPoint. Sounds good, right? Well, there is a one letter solution to one of the most vexing problems with PowerPoint. Well, there is a one letter solution to one of … 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 Use Technology to Keep Your Audience Engaged in Presentations

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Remember the first time you used a word processing program like Word or Pages? Remember the urge to try 19 different fonts? Maybe you actually did use as many font types and sizes imaginable. Once. Then the feedback likely taught you that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. It overwhelms the communication. It overwhelms the communication. Use technology effectively, not exclusively. Technology in a presentation works along those same lines. You want to use it but … 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

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