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Communicate You Interviews Eoghan McDermott

A couple of weeks ago I dropped into the Communications Clinic in Dublin for a chat with Eoghan McDermott. Eoghan is a Director of The Communications Clinic and Head of Training. He provides public speaking and presentation advice and training to government departments and agencies, political parties and organisations in industries as varied as banking, accountancy, […]

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Technical Presentations for Non Technical People

In today’s world, technical people including scientists, engineers, and programmers are being challenged more and more frequently to give presentations to others. And not just to other techies. Often they are speaking to people with little or no technical expertise. So how can you transition from technical to non-technical when you speak? How can you present a technical message […]

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Communicate You Interviews John Livesay

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with John Livesay. As a business consultant and coach, John Livesay helps people struggling with their pitch to become irresistible and get the funding they need – fast! John is Host of The Successful Pitch podcast and author of The Successful Pitch book. During my chat with John we discuss: Developing confidence and […]

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What I've Learned from 2 Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that Communicate You blog turns 2 this week! When I got started in March 2015, I had thought about the blog as an experiment that would last for a couple of months. But somewhere during the course, I began to notice the positive effect it was having on my life. Not only was […]

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What? So What? Now What?

A powerful way to help you remember the content of any presentation you’re making is to provide a meaningful structure for your content. In fact research has shown that people retain structured information up to 40% more reliably and accurately than information that is presented in a more freeform manner. There are many presentation structures on which you […]

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My Favourite Articles About Public Speaking

Whether you are giving a presentation for colleagues in your work department or at a national conference, teaching in front of a group of students, or giving a job talk, public speaking is a critical skill to master. Despite such importance, public speaking consistently ranks as one of people’s top phobias. Many people even fear […]

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The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

Here at Communicate You blog, it’s been a great year. In early 2016 I launched the ‘Communicate You’ interview series, featuring some of the biggest names in public speaking. As you’ll see below these posts have been some of my most popular. The list of subscribers to the blog doubled, not once but 3 times in 2016! And the website has undergone […]

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5 Lessons from Communicate You Interviews (Guest Post)

The following is a guest post from Danielle Nocon, a presentation design enthusiast with a dream to help spread the visual approach to presentation design. This is your big chance. You’ve been given the opportunity to speak in front of an audience…to share your ideas and be known outside of your immediate friends and family. You […]

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The Power of Stories in Business Presentations

Making presentations has always been a part of business life. For many years the idea of a good business presentation was to simply read the content of your slides aloud to an audience. If someone had a presentation due tomorrow the tendency was to just start dumping information onto slides and then wing the talk-to-people part. The resulting presentation had no theme, no core message, and no memorable result. […]

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How to Ace an Impromptu Speech

An ‘impromptu speech’ is a little different special. It’s a speech that you have to make when you haven’t been given notice time to allow you to prepare. The goal of an impromptu speech is not, nor should it be, to guide you into making a stirring, memorable speech that will have the audience jumping out of their […]

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