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Blog Posts on Presentation Performance

These are previous blog posts related to maximizing your performance for all types of presentations.

There isn’t anything that connects you with your audience more than your eyes. We call that eye contact. Now, I don’t mean cursory, flit around the room eye contact – I’m talking hard core at least two sentences long eye contact. That’s what works. Beginning speakers know they have to have good eye contact and […] Read More

Using audio clips in your presentation sounds so simple! But if there’s one thing that strikes fear into the hearts of convention technicians, that’s it! Because it’s either too loud … or inaudible … or the presenter simply hasn’t told the technician that’s it there at all … and then wonders why it didn’t play. […] Read More

Distractions can destroy your presentation. Here’s an example. Let’s say you make a point like … “The chicken crossed the road” and put up a visual of a person dressed as a chicken. You’d probably hear a hush in the room. Pretty dramatic visual! OK, let’s say that you then wanted to tell a five […] Read More

Most construction workers will tell you it's a pretty good idea to know your tools. For example, if I was building a bookcase and asked for a saw when I really needed a hammer, it would be a rather unproductive day. If I was a surgeon and did something similar, you’d be dead. I recently […] Read More

If you're an entrepreneur with a web presence and you don't have a video, you're missing out on potential business! Video is today's business card on the internet. There are four billion video views each day on YouTube alone. Video builds trust; it allows visitors to your site a chance to "virtually meet" you. After […] Read More

In the first few seconds, as you walk on stage, your audience is “sizing you up.” They’re figuring out whether they like you and are going to listen to you. They’re also making a decision as to whether you’re funny or not and whether you know what you’re talking about. There’s a great book called […] Read More

Using video in your presentation is easy. But you need to check your software manual or help files to find out what kinds of video you can use. You’ll find a list on my website for the various flavours of PowerPoint and Keynote. But here’s what I want to talk about – etiquette. Because you […] Read More

I constantly see presenters futzing around with their computers mere minutes before they go on …. and often minutes after they should have started. It simply shouldn’t happen in most of those cases. Here’s the secret: Show up early. But, there's actually more to it than that! To be really successful on stage, there are […] Read More

On my travels in the corporate presentation world, I’ve seen some horrendous presentation set-ups. And in a lot of cases, people aren’t even aware of the problem. The worst culprit - hotels. You’d think it would be different … for an industry whose income relies on the success of conventions …. Why do they stick […] Read More

Ever heard someone at the lectern read a speech? I mean a dull, boring, lifeless verbalization of just what’s on the paper in front of them, without any attempt to embellish it whatso ever or bring it to life? My guess is probably … more often than you’d like to admit. And what does it […] Read More