It’s all in the planning

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Getting started on your slides can sometimes be as daunting as actually giving the presentation. A big part of giving an effortless presentation is in the planning, here are some tips on how to plan a great presentation… 1. Objective First things first; you need to have an objective! What is the purpose of your  … Read more

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

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Most of us will have attended a boring presentation, and if we are truly honest many of us will have also given a less than interesting presentation at some point in our careers! Just because a subject matter isn’t the most exciting, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your audience interested. But why do  … Read more

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A picture is worth a thousand words

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In our last couple of blog posts we talked about using a story format to help your audience remember as much of your presentation as possible, but what other methods can you use? They say a picture is worth a thousand words and research certainly shows this to be true: > Visual information is 3  … Read more

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Tell a story: we’re British, but emotions are OK (part 2)

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In our last blog we talked about using the familiar shape of a traditional story to give your presentation a clear, easy-to-follow structure. Stories stimulate the emotions, and scientific research shows that memories connected to strong emotions remain vivid for longer; they can come to mind years after the event, while our memories of dry  … Read more

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Tell a story: use a clear, familiar structure (part 1 of 2)

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In our last blog we promised we’d look at different ways of ensuring your audience remembers your message…. Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel are all childhood stories we love and remember well. We may not have heard these stories for years, yet we can still remember the general storyline and most dramatic  … Read more

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How much do people remember from a presentation?

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Not much I’m afraid… most of what you present will go in one ear and out the other! There have been various studies conducted on this, and the most generous results we’ve seen are as follows: > Immediately after the presentation, the audience remembered 50% of what was said > By the next day, the  … Read more

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Number of Slides. Does it really matter?

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Over the years many PowerPoint myths have developed. One of them is about the number of slides we “should” use, with many people so concerned about keeping their slides to a minimum that they cram all their content into as few slides as possible. But no! That’s the last thing you should do! That’s simply  … Read more

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Can flexible working increase productivity?

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The Telegraph recently ran an article about more British workers being given the right to request flexible working hours – read article here. Hallelujah we say to that! Why? Because the current office environment – typically getting to the office at 9am, staying til 5.30pm, working in an open-plan office, and spending most of the  … Read more

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Don’t be lazy with your visuals: get creative and get them right!

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“Seeing comes before words.  The child looks and recognises before it can speak.”   – John Berger, “Ways of Seeing” (1972).     Visuals are powerful and can stimulate feelings, memories and past learning.  By “visuals” I mean any images you can use in a presentation, such as photos, icons, graphs or illustrations.  These highly valuable communication tools  … Read more

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What you see is what you get…

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Touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell: the five senses through which we receive information about our world, and useful tools for anyone wanting to communicate a clear, powerful message.  I’ll admit that integrating touch, taste or smell into a standard Presentation could be a challenge, but there’s no excuse for not making the most of  … Read more

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