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Blog Posts on Presentation Performance

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

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

This is right up there with the most important things I'll ever tell you about persuasive presentations: To be a successful persuasive presenter, you absolutely have to believe in your message. And you have to display passion. You may have seen this pie chart before. It’s usually misinterpreted. It comes from the work of Albert […] Read More

They say you should rehearse an hour for every minute of your speech. I’m not so sure. I think rehearsing your talk is really important. But how you do it, probably differs by individual. There's a belief out there about saying it in front of a mirror. What's THAT about? Forget it - it doesn’t […] Read More

There is one word that’s the most important word in any persuasive presentation: You. If my speech or presentation is about me, it may have interest, if it’s a good story, but if it’s about you … out there in the audience … there is nothing more interesting on earth! To you at least! Right? […] Read More

OK, you’re getting ready give a presentation to a corporate audience  . . . with speaker support. And you’re nervous – the last thing you need to be doing is futzing around trying to find the show button on the bottom of the screen. Click on the wrong one and it can really throw you […] Read More

Introductions. They’re incredibly important to a speaker’s success. Bad ones can be like watching a slow motion train wreck. Because the speaker ends up spending half their speech trying to recover from it. Ow! And that’s why professional speakers provide their own. And when they do, if you’re the MC, it’s important that you rehearse […] Read More

Let’s look at “builds.” Builds are really powerful. They make information stick. Like goo. I define builds as short phrases or words that are added to a screen on a particular cue. You can build text on the screen line by line or word by word. The power of builds is that, if done properly, they visually […] Read More