Welcome to Barry Brophy, Presentation Skills

Most people’s response to an afternoon of presentations will be: ‘Do I have to stay for all of them?’ Presentations are often dull and ineffective but they don’t have to be. A presentation and a conversation are essentially the same thing and if you arrange your content properly, you can present as easily as if …

3 Hidden Mindsets that Wreck Technical Presentations

This article, for the Engineers Journal, looks at three hidden mindsets that wreck technical presentations. You might be surprised at what you didn’t realise you were doing wrong. It describes how the ‘curse of knowledge’, a ‘reluctance to be inaccurate’ and a ‘loss of creativity’ (reversible, I hasten to add) that can lead you to …

Home-Make Your Presentation Templates

Most presenters don’t give much thought to what PowerPoint template they use but they should. Stock templates like the one shown below fight with the content of your slides and diminish its impact. Also, they add no value. Often companies insist that you use the in-house template but, as one of the guest lecturers on …

Wedding PowerPoint

I was recently told about a wedding speech that was delivered in the form of a PowerPoint slideshow which, apparently, went down a bomb. PowerPoint? Going down a bomb? I was intrigued so I emailed the groom’s sister, who I knew, to find out more. Firstly, the presentation was mainly pictures, and pictures, in fairness, …

‘Awful Presentations’ – my new book now available

Awful presentations are the norm, with swathes of text on-screen, presenters speaking over everyone’s heads, little interaction, no stories, poor images and a bored audience. Why? Why do otherwise competent people give hapless presentations? Invariably nerves are blamed but nerves are not the problem and generally do more good than harm. Buy book The real …

The Importance of Eye Contact

Did you turn your head to look at the picture above? Eye contact begins are a very early age is one of the most potent elements of communication. But, critically, it is the one element of communication that can fail in a presentation. Around presentations, there is a lot of talk about body language. However, …

Think as Laterally as a Child

Kids are creative, we all know that. And we lose this mental flexibility and curiosity as we age, but what you may not have noticed is a specific type of micro-ageing that takes place as you go from school or college to the workplace, one that can greatly affect your presentations. What really brought home …

The Coffee Factor – Learning by Doing Nothing

When the recession hit a few years ago, a company I was doing a course for told me that tea and coffee were no longer being provided on training days. It was the first thing to be cut and, in truth, it should have been the last. The point might seem obvious – keep people …