Michelle's Blog

Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do: Moth to a flame

When an audience member asks you a question from the floor, be careful for what’s known as the moth to a flame syndrome. This is where you hone in on the person who asked the question and exclude everybody else, which breaks rapport with the

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Don't Oversell
Sales, persuasion and influence

What NOT to do: Don’t Oversell

Often when persuading we fall into the habit of telling our client or colleague absolutely ALL the benefits of our products, services or our great idea.  It’s a natural result of being passionate about our offering and being pumped and wanting to help people. The problem with

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What NOT to do: Don’t point your finger!

https://vimeo.com/462582321 Have you ever been in audience, either on zoom or live, and noticed that the presenter is pointing their finger at you. Don’t do it! Watch this 60 second video to learn why you shouldn’t point your finger at the audience when you are

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book giveaway: Funny Business management unmasked
Book giveaway

Book giveaway September 2020

This month we have 3 copies of Funny Business written by Rodney Marks to giveaway!   Rodney Marks is a comedian, hoax speaker and corporate imposter who has written an exposé of management as it is practiced in business, government and the non-profit sector. Just email

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Presentation Skills Tips

Michelle Bowden’s Persuasion Blueprint

I’m a pitch coach for people who are trying to win big, multi-million-dollar deals and I also help CEOs and their executive teams present at the highest levels and to the biggest audiences. It may surprise you that even CEOs report that they fear public

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Talking success with Master MC Warwick Merry
Presentation Skills Tips

Communicating is serious business

Some podcasts are just excellent. This is one of them! Here is a really great interview where I share lots and lots of free persuasion, influence, presentation and success tips with Master MC Warwick Merry. Click here to have a listen and enjoy!  © Michelle

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when presenting, don’t be a diva!
Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t be a diva!

Speakers take note! No one likes a drama queen!    I am friends with a number of Speakers Bureau Consultants. These are the people you can go to when you know you want to book a speaker, but you don’t know who to book. You

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Don't think you can wing it!
Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t think you can wing it!

I was speaking a Women’s Networking event in Sydney. As usual, I was the speaker after lunch. This is a spot I’m known for because I like to use props and dancing to reinforce my key messages so it’s easy to stay awake even if

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how to effectively send your message across
Common Presentation Mistakes

What NOT to do! Don’t assume they got the point!

If you’re like most people you’re very busy. You’re probably running from one meeting to another (or logging in and out of one meeting after another on zoom) without much thought or preparation each time.   When we present our ideas in meetings, or even

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