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My Powerpoint’s not working – quelle surprise!

My Powerpoint's not working - quelle surprise! In many organisations, there are excellent people who give ordinary presentations. That is a terrible waste of potential. Often they are doing silly things that can easily be fixed. For example, at a recent conference, I...

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How many words does a picture prompt?

How many words does a picture prompt? I've seen this technique used recently a few times to stimulate participants' thinking on the topic of the day. The facilitator shows an interesting picture - on a screen or printed out - and asks the audience to express their...

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‘Fail’ succeeds in getting the headlines

‘Fail’ succeeds in getting the headlines When I mention there's a Failure Fetish, which is unhelpfully skewing the way we talk about and teach improvisation, fans of Celebrating Mistakes look affronted, as if there is no such thing. They ask where is the evidence for...

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Join the Anti-Perfectionist League

Join the Anti-Perfectionist League What are the benefits of joining the Anti-Perfectionist League? It takes away the stress and pressure of having to get everything right. Which is a good thing in circumstances in which you don’t have to get everything right. But that...

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Playing with time when facilitating a session

Playing with time when facilitating a session Time is often the dimension that gets away from us, ruining an otherwise wonderful event. You are facilitating a session. It’s an important topic - that’s why it’s on the agenda and has been allocated the time. You know...

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Waking up your passive audience

Waking up your passive audience It's good to give your audience more than a passive role during your presentation. These days, millennials have short attention... what was I saying? Even if you are going to talk to an audience non-stop, you can allow them to signal...

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The easy way to interact with your audience

The easy way to interact with your audience 'So you want to create interaction with the audience?' The presenter looks mildly appalled. 'No, not really, but I’m told it’s a good idea. It's an unwelcome thought for me, but apparently a benefit for my audience and thus...

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How NOT to end a session on time

How not to end a session on time If you want to end a session on time, don’t make your final activity an open question-and-answer session. You lose control, as the audience takes over. I’ve seen one presenter faced with an endless stream of questions, each of which...

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