Archives and Articles about Persuasive Presentations

Blog Posts on Speaker Image

Previous blog posts about the importance of image and first impressions related to presentations or speeches.

Here’s a tip for those of you who present at conferences. Particularly if you like to use animation or video right at the start of your presentation. Put a black screen right at the front of your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. If you start your talk with a video clip or animation, it’s an absolute […] Read More

This weekend, I received a copy of another PowerPoint presentation that consists almost entirely of black text on a white background. The bottom line? It’s a no-no. Think about looking at the text on a light bulb. When it’s on, it’s incredibly difficult to read! It's almost the same as trying to read a projected […] Read More

There’s nothing that makes me crazier than to see really bad grammar in two foot high letters on the screen. Here’s an example: 5 DVD’s.
I see this all the time. But it’s incorrect. The apostrophe means it’s possessive … NOT plural. If it’s plural … it should look like this: “5 CDs." 5 DVDs - […] 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

Our eyes are attracted to shiny things. You know that when you take a walk in the park; the glint of the sun from a gum wrapper lying in the grass draws your attention. Or you look up at the sky on a clear, moonlit night - that big white orb is what catches your […] 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

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

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

I’ve been a director for countless corporate conventions filled with speaker after speaker. Some of them are real pros and some of them  … are not. And you can tell just by the way they treat the crew. There are conventions … at conventions - things you should do as a presenter … before you […] Read More