Are you setting yourself up to use PowerPoint as a lethal weapon? PowerPoint is an invaluable, powerful and exciting tool for creating presentation visual aids that transform average speakers into masterful presenters. Or is it?  PowerPoint presentations have been so dreadful and tortuous over the years that...

Humour is a wonderful way to engage your audience and hook their attention.  The question is,  how can you use humour in business?  How do you do that? One way to create humour is to either expand or reduce the details of a situation.  We call...

25 tips for persuading at work (from Michelle Bowden’s keynote for the Safework NSW Conference, June 27th, 2019) 1.  We persuade and influence our family members, friends, clients, colleagues and managers every day of our life.  Our days and filled with negotiating, finding compromise, updating, advising, selling, influencing...

We persuade and influence our family members, friends, clients, colleagues and managers every day of our life. Our days and filled with negotiating, finding compromise, updating, advising, selling, influencing and persuading. Most people forget that we are actually influencing people all the time. So...

These are the points I made during a recent keynote presentation to financial advisers. The definition of presenting is any form of communication (one to one, one to few, one to many) where your objective is to change your client’s thinking or behaviour. We present and influence...

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 about Aids inside our White House – make no mistake about it"