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The presenter must be seen

by Dan Bond on 8th April, 2013

What is going on! I keep going to events where the screen is the focus and the presenter is standing in half-darkness at the side of the presentation area. Because we can’t see the presenter properly we can’t read facial expressions which are especially important if you are having difficulty hearing, because the presenter is talking […]

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Edit for presentation impact

by Dan Bond on 25th March, 2013

Too often presenters feel that the opportunity to speak is an chance to tell everybody everything. Almost as if they are lying on the analysts couch they  unpack the whole story just to be on the safe side. Board room Directors who must frequently listen to presentations by managers complain of presentations full of unnecessary […]

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Battle Conditions Presentation Practice

March 11, 2013

Practice, rehearsal call it what you may you have got to try out what you are going to do before you present.  We have all met the people who say “I am much better off-the-cuff” to those I say, bullshit. Content needs to be researched and written in peace a quiet and not made up […]

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Keep the focus on the presenter using logos and darkness

February 28, 2013

The dawn chorus of the conference and event industry was visually supported by 35mm slides.  Product photography was expensive but so were even simple text slides, and charts were even more.  If you wanted something a little more interesting, 3-D may be, it was more again and it all took time. There were upsides to all […]

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All year round Presentation Panto

February 25, 2013

In my years in the theatre there always came a time in the three shows a day pantomime season when you just thought it would never end, even in January when the worst was well ‘Behind you’. At the start of this year I was reminded of these unhappy moments while watching presenters use the […]

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Obsession with the length and thickness

February 22, 2013

I first noticed this obsession many years ago when I was working as a presentation consultant for the fleet arm of a well known Swedish car company.  At the time there were a great many advantages, as there still are, to buying their cars for a business fleet; very competitive whole life costs, keeping your […]

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All we have to fear is fear itself

February 20, 2013

It is part of the human condition to fear speaking in public and it is often quoted that at a funeral people would rather be in the box than giving the eulogy. This may be overstating it a bit but fear of speaking is a problem. When I was a lad I met a friend […]

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Watch out for worthless words

February 18, 2013

Beware of filler words that presenters use without even knowing it.   These can at best dilute impact and at worst cause the listener to stop listening. One of the most common in the North East reflects the populations on-going hunt for a simile “it’s just like the same like as like a simile”. There are […]

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Once more with enthusiasm

February 13, 2013

Amongst all the presentation dos and don’ts there is one vital ingredient that can dramatically increase the effectiveness of any presentation. By effectiveness I mean the ability to influence an audience and cause them to take a particular course of action. This is a presentational element that should naturally bubble up from a belief in […]

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PowerPoint is not the presentation

February 11, 2013

Over the years I continue to hear the same request in and around business  “could you send me a copy of your presentation”. This is not a request for a video of the presentation being delivered it is a request for the PowerPoint. The PowerPoint is frequently viewed as the presentation which it clearly is […]

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