The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

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I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible. The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet. It’s a very challenging format which can take forever […]

The first five stages of speaker development

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I don’t remember where I heard this story. It might not even be true but I love the message: A young scientist was in charge of looking after a famous expert coming to speak at a conference. The scientist’s duties were to pick the expert up at the airport, and then introduce her […]

6 Secrets to get People to Take Action after your Presentation

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How can you increase the likelihood that people will take action after your presentation? Chip and Dan Heath reveal many of the secrets in their book Switch. I’ve added a few more tips that I’ve learnt over my years presenting and training. 1. Script the critical move Tell people exactly what you want them […]

How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

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Live performances are magic. We pay to see our favorite bands performing even though we can listen to the songs anytime for free. We travel long distances to hear a famous speaker live, even though we can watch their speech online at home. We pay more for a Broadway show than to see a film. […]

Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s book Resonate

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Resonate is for the serious student of presentations. Resonate delves deep into the art of presenting and analyzes precisely what makes a presentation persuasive and memorable. You don’t need to know this to create an effective presentation, just as you don’t need to know how an internal combustion engine works to […]

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