Do You Print Slides As Handouts?

conferenceWhat do you typically get given when you attend a presentation or seminar? Yep – a printout of the slides which you can’t really read and make no sense when you get home! These things take time and effort to produce, cost money and have a very poor return on investment.

You may have heard the term “facts tell emotions sell”. The way in which you deliver a presentation should trigger an emotion in your audience. This includes any slides you may use to support your message. Rather than listing points, use a powerful image that you can talk around. If all you are doing is sharing a bunch of facts then send a memo, because you don’t need to be there! Think about that for a moment…

Put all your detailed information into a document – a handout that is a more comprehensive “leave behind” than just printed slides. Let your audience know they will be getting this at the end so that they don’t need to take notes and can relax and listen to you. This will help you get engagement from your presentations and serve the audience better.


Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
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Tap Away Your Fears Of Public Speaking

fearspeakingIt is generally accepted that speaking in public is one the top fears we face. It is actually an irrational fear but never the less one that hinders progress in our professional lives. How many more opportunities could you take up if you felt confident when speaking to groups?

There are many ways in which to become a confident speaker. One practical way is to to be better prepared with your material and to rehearse your delivery. The more prepared you are the more comfortable you will feel and that has a knock-on effect on your confidence. There are also several NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) techniques which I will cover in another post. I want to talk about EFT today.

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Dump…Or Get Engaged?

make your choice

No, this is not an article about relationships.  Well not that kind anyway.  I’m referring to engagement with your audience versus dumping a load of information on them. Ever been in the back of a car on a really long road trip – nothing to look at except an endless highway wondering “are we nearly there yet”?  Well that is the experience of many audiences when sitting in a business presentation. [Read more…]