Rhyme or Reason?

I recently touched upon the current debate in the UK which seeks to divide people into ‘strivers’ – often also known as ‘hard-working people (especially ‘families’ – British politicians love [...]

The Secret of Success

Just in! After more than twenty years watching thousands of presentations, here are the long-awaited conclusions. Below you will find a cutting-, nay, bleeding-edge toolbox of …er, tools to help [...]

Encouragement

“He encouraged us.” The epitaph that Tony Benn chose for himself. And, judging by the reaction to his recent death, that is exactly what Tony Benn did for so many people. He encouraged them to [...]

The Power of Poetry

What passing bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by [...]

JFK

The 50th anniversary of his death has put John F. Kennedy firmly back in the spotlight. And what strikes me about Kennedy is that he is Mr Contrast. Not just in the startling differences between [...]

The Sound of Silence

When Paul Simon wrote of people talking without speaking people hearing without listening he probably did not have the modern business presentation in mind, but I think we’ve all been there, [...]

Obsessed

I’m obsessed with someone off the telly. For a middle-aged bloke, this might be embarrassing enough; the fact that the object of my obsession is another bloke around 20 years my senior takes it [...]

Pause

“No word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” So said Mark Twain, and he knew a fair bit about words. One of the easiest ways to improve your presentation is to take his advice and [...]

Eye Contact

The easiest, most powerful way to get the audience’s attention is to look at them. Eye contact is fundamental. Even very young babies are hard-wired to pay more attention to people looking [...]

One Point

As Bill Clinton’s advisors told him, “If you say three things, you say nothing”. One of the easiest mistakes to make in giving a presentation is to include too many things. Easy because preparing [...]

Story

People are 22 times more likely to remember a story than a set of unconnected facts. Jerome Bruner There is a reason that the Bible is filled with stories. We process stories effortlessly and can [...]