Strong Words | Words Are Not As Important As Emotions

I got this email from Colm, a statistician: Barry, I just had a speech from a senior manager who at one point looked down at his sheet of paper to read out the words “I really care about….”  Colm Inspiring stuff! It makes me wonder, again, has a presenter ever read anything that excited anybody? …

Top 5 Presentation Peeves

After my recent request for awful presentations, I received the following note from an engineer named Jeff: Barry, I think you have touched a nerve. I see the first slide in some presentations and want to scream. The things that really grinds my gears are: 1. Text heavy document pasted into slides and read out …

Pain on the Plains | The aerial view PowerPoint presentation

PowerPoint Presentation Hell ‘My worst experience of a presentation was given by a colleague on his PhD research,’ recalls Sean, an academic. ‘He had about 50 PowerPoint slides all of which consisted of black text on a clear background and he proceeded to talk through these in a monotone until I had to clench my …

2020: A Lack of Vision | Boring Speeches

Horizon 2020, the largest European research and innovation fund to date, was launched three years ago in the Dublin Convention Centre. I was hard pushed to find a seat in the impressive 2000-capacity auditorium as I had arrived late. It occurred to me when I sat down, though, that I should have arrived later. A …

Awful PowerPoint Slides – A Point on Simplicity

Have you seen a PowerPoint slide anything like this recently? Or this? I’ll bet you have. In fact, I’d be surprised if most of the presentation slides you’ve seen aren’t like this: intricate, text-heavy and inelegant. Of course, the above slides have been taken out of context and I’m sure many of you would say, …

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 …