Category: Business Presentation Training and Advice

How to use stories in presentations and talks

No matter what the topic of your next speech or presentation, if you use stories you will have more impact. People forget facts, but they repeat stories. That's why they should be at the top of your public speaking toolkit. Here are seven ways to use stories in your next talk or…

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How to Prepare PowerPoint Presentations

Prepare Better PowerPoint Presentations PowerPoint can be great.  Or it can be crap. We all know what Death by PowerPoint feels like. But, how do you prepare better PowerPoint presentations and avoid mistakes? We have identified five common PowerPoint mistakes that send presentations to the graveyard: Help me prepare better…

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How to prepare a webinar for impact

If you are a panelist or a moderator on a webinar, you want to prepare properly. Webinars are excellent marketing opportunities. And they help build your profile. So that you shine on your next webinar or panel, we’ve put together some quick tips to prepare a webinar:   Webinar Panel…

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Business storytelling for better business

How do you use storytelling in business ? Leaders use storytelling so that audiences listen, remember and act on what they say. In fact, stories are “the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal”, according to Harvard University professor and noted psychologist Dr Howard Gardner. But many business leaders…

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Presentation secret: speak directly to your audience

The biggest presentation secret is not a secret at all. In a conversation you would never say: “In this sentence you will hear that I am saying…..” or “In my next paragraph I will outline my argument.” This would be “meta-talk”: talk about talking, and it sounds very odd! That's…

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How to use messaging that works

Do you use messaging that works? What was the UK government’s key messaging during the COVID 19 pandemic? Can you remember? Most of you probably remember “Stay at home - Protect the NHS - Save lives”. Those are the messages that appeared on the lecterns at the daily press briefings,…

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How to be more persuasive in business presentations

More Persuasive Business Presentations "It's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it. The success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it." Alain de Botton In day to day business, we want to be more persuasive. You may want approval from…

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How to present online with impact: eight essential tips

Do you want to make an impact when you present online? In the last few months, our clients have turned investor meetings into video conferences and now practically live on Zoom. If you need to: participate in online meetings, present online via Zoom or Teams, or transform your next investor…

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Six steps to better online presenting

According to a Polycom survey, 96% of business leaders believe online presenting improves productivity. And recent market conditions show how effective it can be. Make sure  your next online presentation by video conference runs smoothly by following our six steps to effective online presentations:   1. Choose the right setting…

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Improve Your Sales Presentation Skills

Do you want better sales presentations? With better sales presentation skills you will have better sales pitches. Typically, we all hope a good sales pitch will impress your customer, be memorable and finish with the customer wanting to buy from you. And if you know what best practice looks like,…

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Effective presentation skills you must learn

Your leadership talks need to be effective As a leader, every talk or presentation you give is an exercise in persuasion. That means you need effective presentation skills. By the time you finish talking, you want your audience to agree, feel differently, or take action. You also need to persuade…

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How to improve your public speaking

Public Speaking is an essential skill in business. To succeed, you want to improve your public speaking skills. These top ten public speaking tips will help you look and feel more impressive. They are based on 10+ years experience coaching executives to become better public speakers, whether for talks, pitches…

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A new style of communication for a new world

Now that most communication is conducted remotely, we are increasingly relying on Zoom. This means we all need to work even harder to get our messages across to key audiences. And it also means that we all have to work harder to stand out from the competition.   In this…

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What’s your OBBI – your One Big Brilliant Idea?

Stop signs are red.  Police lights (in Europe) are blue.  Warning signs are yellow. But as every child knows, if you mix all those bold colours together, you don’t get a multicolour tutti-frutti, you get a boring brown mess. It’s the same with talks and ideas.  Talks are a mess…

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How do you Speak Like a Leader? Lessons from leadership coaching

Great leaders speak like leaders. In fact, most leaders will agree that communication skills are their number one skill. When we see or hear leaders speak well, it’s easy to believe they have a natural talent for it. However, after ten years of coaching CEOs, CFOs and Senior Executives, we’ve…

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To PowerPoint or Not To PowerPoint?

Is PowerPoint the best way to communicate your ideas?  That's a big question. In his latest letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon addresses the question of PowerPoint and shares what they do at Amazon. Surprisingly, at the most senior level, they have banned PowerPoint.  Instead they use memos. …

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How To Write So People Will Read – 6 Great Tips

How do you write well for business? Could you be more impressive with better writing? These days, we are writing more than ever. That means it’s harder than ever to grab attention.  Your readers have more and more to get through – so you need to make it easy for…

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How to introduce yourself on a conference panel / webinar

When you next appear on a webinar or a conference panel, how will you introduce yourself? You want to look good and sound good from the start. Audiences will listen to you more if you do. That means you've got to get your opening words just right. That’s why how…

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10 Power Language techniques to use in your next talk or presentation

How To Use Powerful Language For Leadership Communications   Great leaders use Power Language. It adds interest and colour to what they say. You will recognise ten core techniques that great leaders use to make their talks and presentations more powerful. Using the same techniques, you can make your public…

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How to Choose a Public Speaking Coach

How do you choose a public speaking coach? When selecting a public speaking coach or presentation trainer, you want to work with a genuine expert.   To sort the genuine from the quacks, we've identified five regularly-quoted pieces of advice that are complete bunkum. If your prospective public speaking coach, trainer or advisor…

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Five simple spoken language tricks to improve your talks and presentations

Rhetorical Devices for Talks and Presentations Spoken language is the most powerful communication tool we possess. Unfortunately, many of us use it like amateurs. While we may all have worked away at our written English, few of us learn how to craft outstanding spoken language. Using just a few simple…

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Powerpoint is Dead: Long Live the Message-Led Presentation

We’ve all experienced Death by PowerPoint - it’s one of the most unattractive aspects of business today. As advertising legend David Ogilvy (nearly) said, “most people use PowerPoint like a drunk uses a lamppost – for support rather than illumination.” It’s almost as if we’ve forgotten how to present without…

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Give high impact talks and presentations – 5 simple tips

Do you want to give high impact talks and presentations? Do you want to engage your audience? And do you want to look and feel confident when speaking? If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then these techniques are for you. We’ve been coaching business leaders to become impressive…

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Why good body language is the best visual aid for your talks

Better Body Language for your Presentations The best (or worst) visual aid for your talks is you. You and your body language are the focus of attention in your presentations. Not your PowerPoint slides. In fact, many of the best speakers - politicians, comedians, TED presenters - don’t use any…

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“What should I do with my hands?” – Speakers’ body language for leaders

Our clients frequently ask, "What should I do with my hands?". As soon as we become conscious of our bodies, they get in our way. When we’re faced with an audience, we become like learner drivers, unable to operate all the controls smoothly. Advice to ‘act naturally’ isn’t useful, as…

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How to end a speech – like a championship boxer

How do you end a speech powerfully? Great boxers finish fights by throwing a knockout punch. Great speakers do the same thing with their conclusions - using powerful language in place of right hooks. Using a verbal knockout to end your speech gives maximum longevity and impact to your message.…

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How to structure your presentation – three short words

How do you structure your presentation for impact? Do you know what you want to say, and the order you want to say it in? Try this quick test of your presentation structure: First, rearrange your presentation structure.  Change the order of your slides and/or your presentation notes. Do the…

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The Best Investor Presentation – How to create one – techniques from psychology

Five ways to create the best investor presentation If you want investment, you need the best investor presentation. But investment decision-making is not totally rational. Are you using all the tricks to be more persuasive in your investor presentations? Psychology techniques can nudge even the most experienced investor. Here's how…

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How to create a powerful investor elevator pitch

A great elevator pitch is an essential part of your pitch toolkit Last month I chaired the Quickfire Showcase elevator pitch competition at Berlin’s SuperReturn, the annual Private Equity Conference. Funds get just 90 seconds to pitch to a room full of investors, who collectively have over $100bn to invest.…

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