10 Reasons You’ll Improve Your Next Presentation By Using The ‘B’ Key

Business Insider interviewed me last week on the best way to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’ and improve public speaking and presentation skills. I talked about the simplest and most powerful technique – the ‘B’ key. Otherwise known as blanking the screen during a slide show. They published the piece on Friday as ’10 Reasons You’ll More…

Public Speaking Anxiety: Choose fear or fun

Public speaking anxiety can be dissolved. You can CHOOSE the way adrenaline affects you when public speaking.   Could public speaking anxiety be fun? Psychologist Stanley Schacter has conducted experiments on the way people label the physical symptoms of anxiety. Using many inputs, including a drug similar to adrenaline, he set up two different scenarios. More…

Vivid Presentation Skills 1-day Course, in-house

  Presentation Skills Course Overview   Our 1-day Presentation Skills course has been refined and perfected over 10 years. It’s designed for 5-7 people. It gives participants an opportunity to develop a real presentation from start to finish so they are ready to persuade immediately. We create a fun, stimulating, and non-threatening in-house training environment. More…

The trend to better quality explanations

February 24th, 2011 was a significant day. Until then, much of the content found via a Google search was low quality fluff produced by ‘Content Farms’, purely to get higher rankings and expose users to ads. A high percentage of info junk means users waste time on rubbish sites, while good information is obscured. This pollution makes More…

3 quick tips: Presentation visuals

1. Lights Up Avoid turning the lights down during a presentation.  If your visual support requires a darkened room, ensure it’s not long enough for them to take a nap! 2. ‘Be’ the visual… Use your arms and eyes and expression to show us the size of the fish you caught or how quickly your More…

Can you translate information to a vivid message? (if not, the sharks will die)

Great communicators can translate information into vivid messages. They have the skills to assess a situation and translate the information in ways that a particular audience can relate to.   Technical presentation example While on holidays a few years ago I met a man who made his fortune with a company that builds aquariums. $20 More…

$100 million habit: Janine Allis keeps it simple and solves problems

I’m a fan of Janine Allis. A recent article in The Age outlines her story and secret to success with Boost Juice (250 stores, $130 million turnover). In a nutshell: ”What I’m good at is solving problems and keeping things simple.” One of the great things about Janine’s story is that her formal qualifications from Knox Tech (which she More…

The lost art of the Speech Outline

When preparing for important communication, most people miss the crucial step – the speech outline. They start thinking about what their speech, document or PowerPoint slides should look like and try to sort their thoughts from there. But the most valuable thing you can do to prepare is create an outline. A speech outline… A More…

Goldilocks Communication (juuust the right amount of information)

Too much information and your audience could lose focus. Not enough and they might not understand or be convinced. Deciding the right amount can be the difference between success and failure. In the story (Goldilocks and the Three Bears), Goldilocks would make sure everything was juuust right – what she ate (not too hot or More…

Steve Jobs’ iPad: not such a vivid message

As promised at the end of my last post, ‘Steve Jobs– structure helps engage’, here are the reasons I think Steve Jobs missed his message with the launch of the iPad… The iPad launch on January 27 2010 was not greeted with the positive reviews that Steve Jobs might have come to expect from major More…