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How NOT to end a session on time

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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How to spread the news – in 25 words or less

How to spread the news – in 25 words or less

You are an experienced story-teller. I know this to be true, because you are human. You didn’t get this far in life - owning a computer, reading sophisticated blogs - without having told a few stories. Hell, you may even be a professional. Was it you I heard...

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Start at the end

Start at the end

 Start at the end At a conference I attended recently, one speaker caught our attention by saying at the start, ‘Here’s my best slide’, and projecting a screen titled ‘Conclusion’. This provoked a warm response, a laugh and a murmur of appreciation. It’s a nice tactic...

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On the question of inviting questions

On the question of inviting questions

On the question of inviting questions When you are giving a presentation, you may or may not want your audience to ask you questions as you go along. When I’m presenting, I’m usually fine with spontaneous questions, as it increases the prospects of people...

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How to get a conference off on the right foot

How to get a conference off on the right foot

How to get a conference off on the right foot Letting people speak to each other at the beginning of a conference has many benefits. It gets us relaxed and contextualised. You start to know who the people are around you. They become both humanised and professional....

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How presenters are presenting a lot more than their message

How presenters are presenting a lot more than their message

How presenters are presenting a lot more than their message When you are watching a presenter, you learn a lot about them even if you pay little attention to their words. Are they confident, passionate, authoritative? Or nervous, bored or unconvincing? As Gregory...

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The point is not powerpoint

The point is not powerpoint

 The point is not the powerpoint There were at least 20 presentations during the conference I attended recently, and in half of them the PowerPoint was not starting on time. That's to say that the audience watched the presenter fumbling with projection equipment and...

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Chocs Away

Chocs Away

 Chocs Away! I watched an inspirational presentation on the potentially dull topic of the need to stick to corporate style guidelines in all written communications. Yes, I know. But we were saved from monotony by the fact that 'chocolate' was the word used most often...

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