Stand-up Comedy: Interview with David Whitney
In this interview with stand-up comedian David Whitney we talked about...: - Fear of public speaking - Preparation before getting in front of an audience - Storytelling - How to find the funny if you are a very serious person - Rehearsal - How to read the audience in the moment - Dealing with a difficult audience - What to do before going on stage - Public speaking lessons for business professionals - and much more...
December 17, 2019
The Busy Person's Guide to Great Presenting - Interview with Lee Warren
In this interview with Keynote and Conference Business Speaker Lee Warren we talked about...: Why grown-ups don’t use PowerPoint Why you should care about presentations How to warm up Why all presentations are selling something How to find your key messages with a single question Why you should rehearse The difference between rehearsal and practice How to customise your talk for different audiences How to prepare for difficult audiences Tips for online presentations +++ If you’d like to learn more about how to create and deliver business presentations that get engagement or the sale, come and say hi at one of our next events in London: http://ideasonstageuk.eventbrite.com
November 19, 2019
The 5 Key Success Criteria for Any Presentation
If you want to be able to create and deliver great presentations, you need to make sure you meet 5 key success criteria. Remember the word SCORE: Simple Clear Original Related Enjoyable In this video I unpack the Presentation SCORE method.
November 18, 2019
Make your next presentation naked.
November 11, 2019
The Most Important Factor For Great Presentations
There are three key arts of presenting: Preparation (your story) Design (your slides) Delivery (your presence) Which of the three do you think is the most important one?
November 4, 2019
Understanding The Importance of Presentation Design
You might have a great story to share with your audience, but if you use poor slides that don’t support and reinforce your message, your audience is not going to understand and remember.
October 21, 2019
Voice - Interview with Jimmy Cannon
Voice coach Jimmy Cannon shares some great tips for business professionals who want to improve and control their voice for public speaking and presentations (and singing). Here are the links I mentioned in the interview: - Upcoming FREE events: http://ideasonstageuk.eventbrite.com - Additional free resources to help you improve your presentations (report, webinar, presentation skills assessment tool): http://bit.ly/presentation-valuebundle
October 16, 2019
How to set a clear presentation objective
If you were to summarize the objective of a presentation in one word, what would that be?
October 14, 2019
One Thing You Should Always Do When Preparing a Presentation
This is the very first thing you need to do when preparing presentations.
October 7, 2019
Why do we need a presentation revolution?
What do you think makes a good or bad presentation?
September 30, 2019
2. Top Tips for Effective Presentations - 3 Skills You Need
Here are the 3 key ingredients you need in order to make great business presentations. If you think it’s just about PowerPoint, you’ve missed the point.
September 23, 2019
99% of business presentations suck
99% of business presentations suck. Why is this a problem?
September 16, 2019
Public Speaking Anxiety - Interview with Olivia James
As Mark Twain said, there are only two types of speakers: those who get nervous and those who are liars. In this interview with Olivia James, Performance Anxiety and Trauma Consultant, we talked about public speaking anxiety. Listen to the podcast to learn: ✔ What makes people nervous when speaking in public ✔ How to deal with it ✔ Practical advice to reduce your nerves +++ Here are the links I mentioned in the interview: - Upcoming FREE events: http://ideasonstageuk.eventbrite.com - Additional free resources to help you improve your presentations (report, webinar, presentation skills assessment tool): http://bit.ly/presentation-valuebundle
August 17, 2019
One Simple Technique to Make Them Clap
How can you make sure your audience gives you a round of applause once you finish your presentation? There's a simple technique which works all the time.
July 19, 2019
Improvisation - Interview with Ehsan Ghavimi
Ehsan Ghavimi is a High-Performance Life Coach and TEDx Speaker. He helps young professionals achieve extraordinary results in their lives, work and relationships. Ehsan was afraid of speaking in front of an audience until he went to an improvisation workshop that changed his life. He always felt like he had something to say but didn’t know how to say it. Improvisation helped him find his voice. Ehsan went on to become an Improvisation and Public Speaking Coach, and this led him to become a High-Performance Life Coach. He has performed at the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, and told his story on the TEDx stage. In this interview we talked about communication, storytelling, improvisation, presentations, standup comedy and everything in between.
July 15, 2019
Gina Barnett's Key Message Template to Communicate More Clearly
Gina Barnett is a great communication consultant who is also a speaker coach for the Main Stage TED Conference. And she also wrote an interesting book on communication, body language and presence: Play the Part.
June 28, 2019
3 Tips for Handling a Successful Q&A Session During Your Presentation
Most business professionals assume that their presentation is over when the presentation is over. It’s not. Q&A is an integral part of your presentation, so make sure you get it right.
June 26, 2019
A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Medium
Why a presentation isn't always the right medium.
June 24, 2019
Top 3 Tips to Keep in Mind When Making a Presentation
What are the three essential aspects to consider in order to create high-quality presentations?
June 22, 2019
Light vs. Dark: What is the best colour for a slide background?
Have you ever thought about which kind of background works best for your slides? Light, dark, black, white?
June 20, 2019
2 Tips for Effective Use of Icons in Presentation Design
Using icons in presentations is an excellent way to transform boring slides full of text into beautiful and effective visual aids that support and amplify your messages. Here are a couple of things to consider.
June 19, 2019
Storytelling - Interview with Lydia Tracy
I've recently interviewed Lydia Tracy to talk about storytelling.
June 18, 2019
Content vs. Design in Presentations: Which Comes First?
When the creation of a presentation involves designing slides, you often have a graphic designer who takes care of the visuals and somebody else who is instead responsible for the content. In these cases, who is in charge?
June 17, 2019
Uxbridge FM - Interview with Andrea Pacini from Ideas on Stage
I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Steve Parker from Uxbridge FM. We talked about how to give effective presentations.
June 14, 2019
One Tip to Help You Overcome Your Public Speaking Anxiety
Nervous or excited?
June 13, 2019
Tony Robbins: The Secret to Learning
Learning is the creation of a relationship between two things: what we already know and what we don’t know. And what's the best way to create that relationship?
June 12, 2019
One Key Step to Rehearsing a Presentation Like a Pro
One of the most common mistakes people make when rehearsing a presentation (if they rehearse at all) is that they don’t do it under similar conditions they will face during the actual presentation.
May 15, 2019
Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker [BOOK REVIEW]
In this book, David Nihill introduced seven tips he learned as a stand-up comedian in order for business people to become better speakers and, why not, even a little more funny.
May 13, 2019
One Simple Tip for Presenting to a Technical Audience
Too many emotions, too many stories and too many design elements might be perceived as fluff by a technical audience. What’s the solution then for presenting to technical people?
May 10, 2019
Serif vs. Sans-Serif Fonts: Which One is Better for Your Presentations?
Is it better to use serif or sans-serif fonts in your slides? Which one is best for your presentations?
May 8, 2019
The Power of the Pause in Your Presentation
We often hear about the power of the pause when it comes to public speaking. But have you ever thought about how powerful a pause can be even before starting to talk?
May 6, 2019
Simon Sinek: Start Your Presentation With the End in Mind
Presenting is like driving – you don't normally drive for hours without knowing where to go. Likewise, you can't begin preparing a presentation without knowing where to go.
May 3, 2019
How to Present Your Technical Product to Non-Technical Audiences
Here’s a tip for those who work in tech companies and have to sell technical products or services or communicate the company vision to people who don’t have the same technical knowledge.
May 1, 2019
How Reid Hoffman Used Analogies to Pitch LinkedIn in 2004
In 2004 Reid Hoffman – co-founder of LinkedIn – needed $10 million so he started pitching his business idea to investors. Here's how he did it.
April 29, 2019
3 Tips Entrepreneurs Must Keep in Mind for the Perfect Pitch to Investors
What's the secret to the perfect investor pitch?
April 17, 2019
One Idea Per Slide
One of the best ways to create effective slides from a visual perspective is to include only one idea per slide. One idea per slide, that’s it.
April 15, 2019
How to communicate anything to anyone, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson
How can you communicate anything to anyone? In particular, how can you communicate science (or technical or complex topics) to a general audience? Let's answer this question by looking at how Neil deGrasse Tyson does it.
April 12, 2019
Why Business People Speak Like Idiots
If the goal is to get to people who don’t know your topic, the only possible language is concrete language.
April 10, 2019
The First 15 Seconds
The first fifteen seconds of a presentation: why they are important and how to make the most of them.
April 8, 2019
Warren Buffett: The 1 Skill That Increases Your Value by 50%
According to Warren Buffett, being able to communicate, to speak in public and to make effective presentations is the most important skill you can develop.
April 5, 2019
3 Helpful Tips to Calm Your Nerves Before a Presentation
As Mark Twain said, “There are two types of speakers: Those who get nervous and those who are liars.”
April 3, 2019
One Thing You Should Never, Ever Say During a Presentation
There are a few things you should never say during a presentation, but there’s one in particular you should avoid at all costs.
April 1, 2019
One Bad Habit That Will Ruin Any Presentation
On this episode I’m going to discuss about a bad habit that I often see when it comes to preparing presentations. That is, starting with PowerPoint.
March 28, 2019
One Big Presentation Myth Debunked
Most presentations are created coming from a big misunderstanding. What is it and how can we clarify it?
March 26, 2019
Why our brain loves stories
"You’ll never be able to reach people’s heads before touching their heart—and the single best way to touch people’s hearts is to tell stories." —Carmine Gallo
March 25, 2019
To rehearse, or not to rehearse, that is the question
Question: in order to make a great presentation, do you have to rehearse several times before the big day?
March 12, 2019
Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 rule of communication - Debunked
What you say counts only for 7%. Wrong!
March 11, 2019
The power of a smile and why it’s so important for your presentations
Smiles are powerful because they are universal: in all cultures people smile to express joy and satisfaction. If there is one thing we can do to improve the impact of our presentations, it’s to smile a little more.
March 9, 2019
3 common communication mistakes to avoid
Eye contact, movement and silence.
March 8, 2019
Three ideas to end a presentation strong
If you want to end strong, plan your presentation with the end in mind. The conclusion is not just the last chronological piece of the topics you covered during a presentation—it is the main theme. Starting with the end in mind means that your conclusion—what the audience has to remember—comes first.
March 7, 2019
Three ideas to start a presentation strong
Starting strong is important because it only takes a few seconds for people to decide whether or not to follow you
March 6, 2019
The fundamental principles of communication: Memorability [PART 3]
How can you present your ideas in a way that will be remembered? There are three elements to consider.
March 5, 2019
The fundamental principles of communication: Novel [PART 2]
For a message to stick it has to be novel.
March 4, 2019
The fundamental principles of communication: Emotion [PART 1]
You can have the greatest idea in the world and the slides of the century but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter. And it’s negligent, because you deny the world of something of great value.
March 2, 2019
What The London Tube Map Can Teach You About Design
The New York subway map is geographically complete, accurate and detailed while the map of the London tube is based on fiction. Which one works best and why?
March 1, 2019
Using visuals in technical presentations
Can technical presentations be more visual? Totally!
February 28, 2019
How many words should I have on my slides?
A PowerPoint slide contains on average 40 words. With such an average the reason why most presentations are boring is quite obvious.
February 27, 2019
Animations in presentations: are they useful?
An animation is useful only if it helps your listeners better understand your message. If it doesn't, it becomes a distraction. When in doubt, leave it out.
February 26, 2019
Who says you have to include your logo on every slide?
Your audience will remember you if you give a great presentation, not because you’ve included a repetitive element on each slide.
February 25, 2019
Who says we have to use slides?
"People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”—Steve Jobs
February 23, 2019
The PowerPoint feature you can’t ignore
How to create visual presentations AND a hand-out for more details without spending too much time.
February 22, 2019
Slides and documents are not the same thing and should be separated
“Slides are slides. Documents are documents. They aren't the same thing […] Much death-by-PowerPoint suffering could be eliminated if presenters clearly separated the two in their own minds before they even started planning their talks.”—Garr Reynolds
February 21, 2019
Two simple ways to display your data more effectively
We often focus too much on the data itself and too little on the message behind the data
February 19, 2019
Choosing the correct font size
Go big or go home
February 18, 2019
People prefer faces
Eye gaze and the power of faces
February 15, 2019
The two ingredients of a great slide
In order to create a great presentation, it’s important to understand how to design a great slide.
February 14, 2019
White space in presentation design: what it is and why you should use it
White space is not wasted space. It is what more than anything else determines the functionality of a presentation.
February 9, 2019
How to use the rule of thirds in your slides
Let's learn from photography.
February 8, 2019
The picture superiority effect in presentation design
Images are more likely to be remembered than words.
February 7, 2019
What is signal-to-noise ratio and how does it affect presentations?
Signal-to-noise ratio is one of the fundamental principles of design, which is also relevant in the context of presentations.
February 6, 2019
Introduction to presentation design
Paying attention to the design of a presentation is essential not only because it makes a presentation nicer, but also more functional. Effective design helps your audience better understand your message.
February 5, 2019
10 tips for preparing a great presentation
Here’s a list of ten guidelines for preparing your presentation effectively.
February 4, 2019
Public Speaking: How Tim Ferriss prepares himself every time
Here's how Tim Ferriss structures his presentations
February 2, 2019
The curse of knowledge
Here's why most presentations go against what science tells us about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to communication.
February 1, 2019
The right questions to ask when planning your presentation
"How many slides?" and "Is PowerPoint better than Keynote?" aren't part of the list.
January 31, 2019
A powerful storytelling technique successful founders use to pitch their ideas
Set up, conflict, resolution.
January 30, 2019
How to give credibility to your ideas
It's not just about data and numbers.
January 29, 2019
How to create curiosity in an audience
With surprise you capture attention, with curiosity you keep it.
January 28, 2019
The 6 characteristics of ideas that last
Why do some ideas survive and others die? Chip and Dan Heath have given us the answer in a book that is essential for improving communication skills (Made To Stick).
January 26, 2019
The science of presentations
A presentation is a mix of art and science. Although the creation of a presentation is a creative activity, creativity alone isn’t enough—it has to go hand in hand with an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to visual communication.
January 25, 2019
Science says you can’t read and listen at the same time
People can't read and listen at the same time. Why? The written text is processed in the same part of the brain that processes the spoken text.
January 24, 2019
The simplest ad ever made: a lesson on simplicity
One of the best examples of simplicity I know is Ivar's 2009 Super Bowl ad.
January 23, 2019
The three-second rule
Have you ever wondered how soon an audience should be able to understand the message behind a slide?
January 22, 2019
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
Simplicity is the key word behind any successful presentation.
January 6, 2019
Three is the most important number in communication
It’s the rule of three.
January 6, 2019
The message map: one of the most important tools in communication
Here’s a great tool to communicate a message in a clear, simple and effective way.
January 6, 2019
How to prepare a presentation
Turn your laptop off, take pen and paper and plan your presentation in an analogue way.
January 5, 2019
This is the objective of a presentation
Tip: it’s not to inform
January 5, 2019
Why are presentations important?
2 reasons why presentations matter.
January 5, 2019