Category: Presentation Skills

When Visuals Don’t Align

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I’ve been working with clients from a small investment advisory firm who give a variety of sales-type presentations, mainly introducing their firm and their products. Presenters are usually seated at a conference table, speaking to 1-15 people. Their visuals are almost always letter-sized decks: printouts of PowerPoint slides. They send a digital version to participants… Read More »

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“It’s All in the Delivery”

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You know what they say when a joke falls flat: “It’s all in the delivery.” Well, it’s true to a great extent with presentations as well. I’ve had clients who are smart as can be, do a phenomenal job of putting together information in a thorough and logical manner and excel in creating strategies, concepts… Read More »

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“Walk Around in Their Skin”

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I recently worked with a client who had become extremely frustrated that his technical creative team did not understand what he wanted for the product he had imagined – a new communications portal. In fact, he felt they actively disregarded his requests in their product designs. He was all the more upset that he repeatedly… Read More »

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Untangle Your Presentation

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Lately I’ve seen some clients whose style of pulling together the content for their presentations confuses them and slows them down. I usually advise clients to do a “data dump” before starting to write. That is, to put all points, examples, facts, themes, etc. on index cards or write them individually on a document. I… Read More »

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Keeping Your Cool When Questioned

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I recently had an inquiry from a prospective client who said: I am good speaking in situations where I feel supported such those who report to me and associates who I know are on my side, but in situations where I may be questioned or attacked, I tend to lose my train of thought and… Read More »

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Combatting Stage Fright: Actions to Take

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Last time I introduced the concept of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and went over some cognitive, or thought-related strategies for reducing nervousness. This time we’ll look at some behavioral or action-oriented solutions. For many of us, anticipating the event causes us anxiety but it dissipates once we get started. For very nervous speakers, the effect is… Read More »

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Stage Fright & What You’re Thinking

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According to a 2001 Gallup poll, 40% of adults have some degree of stage fright. Do you? Last time I announced that I am also offering psychotherapy as a service, and mentioned one way to address performance anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. “CBT” is a type of therapy that seeks to change unhelpful thinking and behaviors…. Read More »

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Is the Devil Really in the Detail?

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It has been said that, “God is in the detail.” A variation on that saying states, “The Devil is in the detail.” Translation: attention to small things can bring substantial rewards, yet beware the details: mistakes are usually made in the small details of a project. Whichever way you look at it, details matter. And… Read More »

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Nervous Speakers: Stay in the Present

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You probably know the Jerry Seinfeld bit, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death… This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” But why is that? I see two, often overlapping paradigms. For many… Read More »

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No More Confusing Visuals

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By now, pretty much everyone knows that it’s much more effective – for audience understanding and retention – to use images (such as graphs, charts and illustrations) rather than text. It’s especially important when presenting numbers or other types of technical data and when explaining processes. Clients will obligingly replace their text-only slide with an… Read More »

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