When you speak to an audience, how long do you talk for: 60 minutes, 30 minutes, 10 minutes? Any of these are normal answers. What would you do if you only had two minutes to get your point across? In my neck of the woods, a developer wants to build a gas station at the … Read moreHow To Make Your Two Minutes Count
Last week I had the opportunity to give the perfect speech. Now, you might be offended by this statement and are probably wondering just how I could become so full of myself, so perhaps I should explain myself. I had spoken in this venue four times before, I had been invited to speak again because … Read moreHow To Write The Perfect Speech
Sometimes when we are called on to give a presentation, we sit down to create the presentation only to find that our creative juices have somehow run dry. Oh, oh – this can be a big challenge. What always just seemed to “be there” can go missing just when we really need to draw upon … Read moreWhen Presenters Run Out Of Ideas, It’s Time To Read A Book
So just about everyone out there knows who Jack Welch is – he was the CEO and Chairman of GE who lead them from a market valuation of $14B when he took over to a valuation of over $410B when he stepped aside. What many people may not know is that Jack is a great … Read moreWhat Jack Welch’s Speech Writer Can Teach Us
Hopefully by now everyone at least knows that you can seriously damage your audience if you create and use poorly designed PowerPoint slides. The number one offence that everyone seems to be able to agree on is that a slide that has been overloaded with text and numbers (a) doesn’t work, and (b) puts your … Read moreA Presenter’s PowerPoint Slides: Too Little Of A Bad Thing?
Tis the season for college graduations and I was recently asked to deliver a keynote speech as part of an engineering graduation ceremony. The interesting thing about this speaking opportunity was that I was basically starting from ground zero – I didn’t have an engineering keynote speech in my bag of tricks. This meant that … Read moreJust How Does One Create A Keynote Presentation?
Congratulations! You’ve been asked to come and present for an hour on a topic that you know a lot about. However, you end up presenting for and hour and a half! Was this a generous gift that you provided and extra 30 minutes to your audience or was it a huge social mistake that you … Read morePresentation Pruning: How Much To Chop?
Back when I was in school, I was taking mainly technical courses and I got to be pretty good at them. The routine was pretty much the same for each class: learn the formula, work some problems to practice using the formula, take a test and show that you know how to use the formula. … Read moreHow To Use Your Mental TV To Memorize A Speech (or Anything)
Perhaps you were looking for a top 10 list? I’ve spent some time thinking about all of the technical presentations that I’ve given in the past and I was only able to come up with a list of nine really, really bad things that I’ve done over and over again. Let’s take a look at … Read moreTop 9 Bad Habits Of Technical Presenters