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 …

NEW Short Audio Course on Knowable

Check out my short audio course on presentation skills on platform ‘Knowable’, with 25% discount using the promo code ‘barry-brophy’. There are also some supporting documents.  https://knowable.fyi/courses/presentation-conversation

5 Reasons to Love the Antiques Roadshow

This short video gives 5 reasons why the Antiques Roadshow is a communication masterclass. If you’re looking for a guidance on what what to include in a presentation, take a leaf (5 leaves) out of one of the longest running TV programmes on the BBC.

5 Reasons to Hate TED

TED talks are held up as the ultimate example of good presenting, and often they are very slick, but there are a few core reasons why this kind of presentation is very different from those most of us have to give in the workplace, and therefore NOT something you should try to emulate. This short video explains …

What do First Dates Tell us About Presentations

How do we remember important conversations in the real world? What was our focus? What seemed important? The example of a nerve-racking first date is used to show how real conversations work and how wrong-headed many presentations are by contrast. With a little help from ‘Lindi’ the cat and ‘Yago’ the owl, of course.  

12 Visual Aids Tips in 4 Minutes

PowerPoint doesn’t have to be prefixed with ‘death by-‘, it can actually add value in many ways. Here are 12 quick practical tips on using images, bullet-points, slideshows, animations and graphs in your next presentation  

Pecha Kucha – A Singularly Inane Presentation Phenomenon

Pecha Kucha is a global presentation phenomenon in which speakers are restricted to 20 slides that change automatically every 20 seconds. The idea was patented (yes, ‘patented’ !!) in 2003 by two Tokyo based architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein and this short video looks at what makes this format of presentation work (and fail) …

Graphs in Presentations – How Good They Can Actually Be

Graphs don’t have to be the worst thing in your presentation. In fact presentations – which are live, interactive, physical, 3-dimensional, personal – offer the best forum for presenting numbers through graphs as this short video (with a little help from Hans Rosling) shows.