Partners in Performance Blog

Presentation Nerves? Whisper Sweet Nothings To Yourself

If you’re not mentally or emotionally ready to present, it’s impossible to show up with confidence and be persuasive. That can result in many undesired consequences.

Presentation nerves show up in different ways. Some are obvious. A shaky voice and trembling hands are clear indicators that the presenter is nervous. Nerves also show up in more subtle ways with distracting behaviours such as:

Racing through your content Using filler words like ‘ums’ Skittish eye contact Swaying hips Dancing feet Playing with a marker or pen … Read More

Truly Persuasive Presentations: Don’t Goof Up Like the Olympic Officials

I was glued to the Olympics this past month. The athletes were spectacular but the presenters at the ceremonies, not so much. Wouldn’t you think with four years to prepare they would have had truly persuasive presentations, speaking from their hearts rather than reading from a script?

I guess four years or four days isn’t going to make a difference if you’re not following truly persuasive presentation guidelines. If they had followed these three simple tips, they … Read More

Putting Sizzle in Your Sales Presentations

The other night my husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal at our favourite restaurant, the Terra Cotta Inn. I ordered a steak and it was amazing. Here’s why: a yummy steak is a combination of good quality meat, careful preparation and beautiful presentation. It’s like that with our sales presentations.

I was recently providing coaching feedback on the pilot of a new high stakes product presentation that was being launched for a client. The observers in the room commented that the presentation felt dry and needed more ‘sizzle.’ Here’s what … Read More

Presentations: Do Your PowerPoint Slides Annoy People?

What are the top 3 things that annoy you in PowerPoint presentations? Dave Paradi, author of The Visual Slide Revolution, asked people this question in his research study. Here’s what he found:

Speaker reading slides – 73.8% Full sentences on the slides – 51.6% Text too small – 48.1%

If you want to use PowerPoint to your advantage then you need to:

Learn how to design slides for maximum impact on the audience Learn how to speak about your slides and … Read More

Presentations that Do NOT Persuade

Last week I was delivering a presentations skills workshop and was observing “Nancy” (name changed) deliver her presentation. Her content and delivery overall were quite good except for one big problem: she sounded more like a recording than a real person. She was using a ‘presentation voice.’ Nancy was not being herself.

With a bit of coaching, she began using her ‘real voice’ and in doing so, revealed a much more authentic voice that was engaging, passionate and … Read More

Presentations that Persuade: Stories Drive Action!

A guest post by Dr. Patsi Krakoff, author of the blog WritingontheWeb.com and writer/editor of Content for Coaches and Consultants.

Presentations can be really good and still not generate any action from the audience. Why is content marketing and persuasion so elusive, and what can you do drive results, to set people on fire?

When it comes to making a presentation, most professionals start from their point of view. Of course, who wouldn’t?

“We’ve got a state-of-the-art 128-bit secure site, offering the best rates on the Web.”

While this business professional … Read More

Presentations: Why People Fail at Persuasion

Canadian Venture Communications CEO and Dragons’ Den co-star Arlene Dickinson has released her book Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds. In an interview, Arlene speaks about one reason people fail to persuade — the feeling that their opinion isn’t valued or valuable.

People have a thought in their heads but they don’t say it because they aren’t confident about how it will be received. In her interview she says, “If you don’t say how you really feel, then you are guilty of letting other people make choices … Read More

Client Sales Meeting Failures: The #1 Cause

Client-Sales-Meeting-MistakesDo your client meetings sometimes get derailed? It’s probably because of this one flaw in your sales process: the way you opened the meeting. You have to take control both at the start by setting the context of the meeting, as well as at the end, wrapping up with clear next steps.

I see this failure to open and close meetings properly happen all the time. And I know you do too. This one thing is done so poorly and inconsistently in client sales meetings, that it’s a #1 cause of “no … Read More