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Presentation Skills Tips

What NOT to do: Don’t look back over your shoulder

We’ve all seen people look back over their shoulder at their slide when presenting. This is not good form. When you look back over your shoulder it causes what’s known as ‘split attention’. Split attention is when your audience don’t know whether to look at

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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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Presentation Skills Tips

Top Tips for Rehearsing your Presentations

It’s literally frightening what people can say when they speak without first rehearsing. Take a look at some of my favourite ‘Bushisms’: “I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office” “We’re concerned

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death by powerpoint
PowerPoint Tips

Are you guilty of Death By PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is an invaluable, powerful and exciting tool for creating presentation visual aids that transform average speakers into masterful presenters. Or is it? Some slides have been so dreadful and tortuous over the years that the phrase ‘death by PowerPoint’ was coined. Let’s make sure

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Sales, persuasion and influence

Speak Up and Influence People

Speak Up and Influence People  – 89% of executives admit to daydreaming during important meetings and conversations.  – 75% of people say they believe they would gain greater respect for their knowledge and expertise if they were better communicators.  – and sadly only 28% of

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Online/Virtual Presenting

Maximising engagement in an online environment

It’s true that business people from companies far and wide have been moving to webinars and teleconferences as a key enabler of communication across states and countries for years. Meeting on line saves on logistics such as flights, accommodation and transfers. It also reduces emissions

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