Helping You to Compelling Presentations

Richard Turere at TED in 2013

How to Give a Killer Presentation – Lessons from TED

I found a true gem for presenters on the Harvard Business Review website: Lessons from Chris Anderson, curator of the TED conference series. Chris starts out with a story to demonstrate that giving a good talk is highly coachable. He recalls meeting Richard Turere, a 12-year old Masai boy, who came

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LION Toastmasters Members

Review of Toastmasters After My First Year

I always heard great things about Toastmasters International and often recommended it to anybody who wanted to become a better public speaker. And I wasn’t even a member. About a year ago, I decided to change that and joined a club near my home. This is my review of Toastmasters after

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Five Must-Read Presentation Skills Books

When you search Amazon.com for presentation skills books, you will get almost 18,000 results. It is difficult to choose which one to read. Many of these presentations skills books are very good and will undoubtedly help you improve you presentations. A few of them, however, are absolute gems that should be in

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Caroline Goyder shows how to use Props in Presentations

Props in Presentations: A Sure Way to Be Memorable

Many experts agree: one of the best ways to capture the attention of your audience is by using props in presentations. Bill Gates released live mosquitoes in the auditorium when he talked about malaria in his famous TED Talk. And boy, did he get the attention of every single audience member! How

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Great stories are being retold over and over again. They usually follow 5

The Five Ingredients of a Good Story in Presentations

You’ve heard it before: Stories make a good presentation great because they entertain, enlighten, and move people. They are memorable and people want to share them. Great stories are being retold again and again. A good story in presentations captures — and keeps — the attention of listeners. They want to know how the story unfolds.

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Start Your Successful Product Demo on the Right Foot

How To Start Any Successful Product Demo

At some point in your sales cycle, your prospect wants to see your product in action. This is a very critical step toward closing the sale, because a product demo can make or break a deal. But how should you start your demo? Too often, a sales engineer just jumps into the

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Winston Churchill

Keep Your Presentation Short – Your Audience will Thank You

Winston Churchill humorously said: “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” The former prime minister of the United Kingdom knew what he was talking about. Widely regarded as one of the greatest orators of the 20th century, he knew that

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Know Your Target Audience When Presenting

The most important question to ask when you prepare your presentation is Who is my audience? If you don’t clearly understand what is important to your audience and why it is important to them, chances are that you will not get through to them. When you really know your target audience

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7 Tips for Presenting Abroad

Many years ago, when I still lived in Switzerland, I attended a technology convention with a great line up of international speakers. My English was still very limited at that time. Yet the presenter I remember the most was an American presenting in English. He started his talk with a

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How to Make People Listen To You - Julian Treasure at TED

How to Make People Listen to You

We all want to be listened to, whether it is in a conversation with a friend, a co-worker, a customer…and especially when we give a speech. But can you make people listen to you? In this TED Talk, Julian Treasure covers what not to do (he calls it the Seven Deadly Sins of Speaking), foundations

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