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 …

If There’s a Done Thing, Don’t Do It

I caught twenty minutes of the BAFTA’s on BBC1, last week, and took a particular interest in the acceptance speeches. Which weren’t very interesting. Even though the award ceremonies date back to Cecil B. DeMille, the whole thing struck me as really strange. The first winner – best adapted screenplay, I think – said he …

‘Alternative Facts’ – Words Are More Important Than You Think

I guess I had to talk about him at some point. Everyone else is. And when it comes to ‘awful’ presentations, or ‘awful’ presenters at least, they don’t come much more awful than Donald Trump. The particular item that drew my attention, though, was president Trump’s counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, inadvertently coining the term ‘alternative facts’ …

The Curious Incident of the Ping-Pong Ball and the Hairdryer

Have you seen the levitating ping-pong ball on hairdryer trick? It’s not actually a trick, it’s called the Bernoulli effect and is the phenomenon that causes airplanes to lift off the ground and prevents racing cars from doing the same thing. I heard this at a student presentation, recently, where there were pictures of airplanes …

Presentation Without Words

Here is a video of a 4-minute presentation I gave, without words. Sound daft? Well, I was making the point that writing text on slides and then reading it out is crazy, and yet most people do this. The obvious fix is to remove the text and let the presenter speak. But there is another approach: keep the …