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Presentation Structure: The Rule of Three

Do you struggle with how to organize all the details and points of your presentation? If so, you’ll feel overwhelmed and confused when you deliver your presentation. And if you come across as confused, don’t expect your audience to make a decision and act based on your presentation..

If you want to be clear, concise and compelling, start with presentation structure. Knowing how to organize your information in the right … Read More

Presentation Structure: Have Your Presentations Wandered Off Track?

Presentation structure is fundamental for delivering effective presentations. In our UPFRONT Persuasion workshops a key focus for our course content is how to effectively structure a persuasive presentation. Our Presentation Planner which follows the UPFRONT structure can be used as a template for all presentations. Like an accordion, it can expand and contract depending on the length of your presentation.

One thing is true. All presentations must have a strong, well built structure like the foundation of a house. There is little point in adding beautiful … Read More

Presentation Coaching: Tips for Self Coaching

When I train and coach presenters, I often observe an automatic self-talk after the presentation has been delivered. I hear, “That was awful, I screwed up…I should have done….” The focus of attention is immediately on mistakes and what didn’t work from their perspective. It’s next to impossible to build confidence from this mental position. Harsh, self judgement sets us up for more of the same in the future.

One of my objectives in coaching presenters is to help them break this pattern of ‘beating ones self … Read More

Presentation Nerves: Avoid The Apology Mistake

In a recent UPFRONT Persuasion workshop, we were exploring how to overcome presentation nerves. One of the participants mentioned that her worst fear was going blank. It’s not fun when you’re staring out at your audience for what feels like an eternity and you have no idea where you are in your presentation or what you’re supposed to say next.

A fellow participant had been a competitive singer in her younger days and she commented on how points were lost when the … Read More

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

Selling Cycle is NOT One, Two, Skip a Few

When I am driving to a destination, unless I am in site-seeing mode, I plan my route and look for the fastest way to get there. That’s true for many people. But when it comes to selling, it’s astonishing how this simple concept isn’t tackled with the same fervor and consistency.

A client recently told me that the sales cycle for their business is a “long process and it just takes time.” I hear this a lot. In fact, it’s … Read More

PowerPoint Design Tips: How To Show Dates

When you must communicate a lot of dates in a presentation, how do you make them easy to understand without confusing your audience?

The easy way is to just list the dates in bullet point form. But this is not very effective.

Why? Because by listing the dates in bullet points, it’s not easy for the audience to find a date and be able to relate it to the other dates. So you might ask, does putting the dates in a table make it easier? At least it makes the dates easier to see, because they are all … Read More