Essential presentation tip – beware small type!

Make sure all the words in your visuals can be read easily. Thanks to my friend Andie Hemming for this one. Now it might sound like common sense…but it isn’t common practice. Andie and I heard – and struggled to see – some very clever people give presentations recently, and that was how I tested… Read more

Help! How do I handle questions in my presentation?

Good question! Seriously, if you’re giving some thought to your audience’s likely questions, you’re way ahead of many other presenters. Whilst it’s essential to prepare your material and yourself, there’s much more to a successful presentation than the ‘ME show’. Failing to prepare for your audience – and their questions – is preparing to fail…. Read more

Creating a presentation? 3 things you must do first

“When you’re creating a presentation, what’s the first thing you do? Do you fire up your last presentation?” Whenever I put this question to the participants in Zoomly’s ‘How to write presentations’ workshop, there are a few expressions of ‘yup, that’s me’. And right there is a tip to take away and apply. There’s a… Read more

How NOT to create a presentation

So you’ve been asked to do a presentation – good for you, particularly if you’re relatively new to this and see the request as a great opportunity to step up. (More experienced? Hang on in there, even you may find some helpful tips here.) Q: What’s the first thing you’re going to do? A: Fire… Read more

5 reasons to create an elevator pitch for your next presentation

Image by clearviewstock (Philip Morley) We’ve all heard of the ‘elevator pitch’, right? And we’re all way too cool for school to be bothered doing anything quite so, well, ‘salesy’ (ew!) Oh grow up. Pssst: if you’re doing a presentation, on some level, at some point, with some people, you’re going to be selling –… Read more

Communication tip: handle both the big picture and detail

Most of us have a preference for either the big picture or the detail. So there are some of us who just ‘want the headline’ or the top 3 most important points. We enjoy thinking big scale, but we lose interest when we have to dot the Is and cross the Ts. Then again, some… Read more

7 Presentation tips from TED’s Chris Anderson

  Chris Anderson, TED’s Curator, is putting himself front and centre of many a stage as he promotes his new book, ‘TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking’. I was fortunate enough to be given a seat in the audience recently as Chris talked about what makes TED tick and gave us his… Read more

10 questions to help you deliver a great presentation

Something I often hear when running Zoomly’s ‘How to deliver presentations’ workshop is that the client company has ‘their way’ of doing presentations. What that usually means is that they have a house style and guidelines for the slides. Whilst that’s all well and good – and preferable to dozens of different styles randomly being… Read more

10 reasons why you need to rehearse your presentation

  Just because you wrote your presentation – (OK, most of it. Or your bit if it’s a team effort) – don’t think you needn’t rehearse. Creating your content and delivering your presentation are two very different things. Ask anyone who’s ever overlooked that point – like the social media bigwig who flew in to… Read more

DOs & DON’Ts for visual aids

Over the past few weeks I’ve been fortunate to see some really great presentations. The very best ones were highly engaging, interactive and memorable. As for the visual aids, there was not a bullet point to be seen. If you want to be remembered for your message (not the monotony of your slides), bear these… Read more