A little word about powerpoint presentations

Power Points: Here's quick, but very useful tip… I always say don’t put text on a slide unless you’re going to give the audience time to read it. Very important. Either remain silent while they read, or preferably, read it out for them. The worse thing you can do is to carry on talking, while…

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Are they really interested in your speech?

Ever been there? You're giving a speech or presentation and happen to look around your audience, and what do you see? A sea of utterly blank faces. That's a mouth drying moment. But rest assured. Notice yourself next time you are part of an audience. You might find the speaker very interesting, but how expressive…

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How to tell if your audience isn’t bored to death

There is an incredible amount of inertia associated with any audience. It can be extremely hard to make them laugh, sing or even offer you a smile every now and again. Steely gazes look up at you and you have no idea whether you’re boring them to death. But take heart, if they’re not fidgeting,…

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How to Engage Your Audience

Make Them ONEIn the beginning of your presentation or indeed any performance, the audience are all individuals with their own thoughts and feelings.“I don’t like the colour of that backdrop”“On no! I’m sitting behind a tall person”“The journey here was horrendous…”“These chairs are uncomfortable, I can’t sit in it for three hours!”Your job, as a…

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Empathy is everything…

Not having it.I remember once seeing a performance of ‘Henry V’ . There was one particular actor whose presence would command your attention. His every word would have you holding your breathe for more. Unfortunately he wasn’t playing the lead role. The guy who did play Henry just didn’t have that same quality. Thus he…

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Get stage presence

Say you were sitting in an audience and I were to walk onto a stage what would you see? A petite, India woman with a winning smile. Your first impression of me would be decided very quickly. On what ? Perhaps the way I entered, did I seem hurried to you? Nervous or at ease?…

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How to criticize someone in an empowering way

>I just had an email from someone I had recently given some feedback to, regarding the design and content of her all-singing, all-dancing new website, that she had built and designed herself. Tricky. I have spent years perfecting my Art of Empowering Criticism. Having been on both the giving and receiving end many many times…

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Getting creative part III

>Continuing our theme on how to get those creative juices going!First… here’s a quick question: Have you ever found yourself feeling threatened by another person’s creativity? Be honest now… If the answer is ‘no, never’ I probably won’t believe you.Why? Because this awful feeling happens to the best of us. Take me, I’m a graphic…

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Getting creative part II

>Being creative – as I mentioned in my earlier blog – is every human’s being’s prerogative and (in my experience) anyone who thinks they are not creative simply hasn’t discovered their natural outlet yet. If this sounds familiar then read on! If you are naturally creative then it’s still worth reading and contributing, as there…

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