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Preparing A Speech

How to Create Powerful Visual Aids 1

Communication is supposed to be about the transfer of emotion. Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited (or sad, or optimistic or whatever else you are.) Humans get inspired by fellow humans, not slides. If all you want to do is create a PowerPoint […]

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6 Websites for Free PowerPoint Templates

Still the king when it comes to presentation software, Microsoft PowerPoint was born in 1990 (the same year as me as it happens!). Today an estimated 350 presentations are given each second across the globe, using PowerPoint. Visual aids, such as PowerPoint, are exactly what it says on the tin – something you layer over a message to aid the […]

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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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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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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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4 Ways to Shake Off Writers Block

Ok, so you’ve agreed to give a speech. Whether it be for your job, at a corporate event or even social occasion, first comes the hard part – getting started. Writers block, primarily associated with writing, is a scenario in which the writer loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. Writers block is something we all encounter at […]

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3 Keys to Improve Your Public Speaking (Guest Post)

The following is a guest post from Dave Mac, a business communications trainer and founder of Presentation Blogger. Dave’s blog is dedicated to helping real people deliver effective, confident, and anxiety-free talks, presentations, and workshops in business and social settings. The screen glowed in the dimly lit room. Barry Green yawned. He was tired but there was no […]

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6 Steps to Successful Public Speaking

When faced with delivering a speech or presentation many of us worry about what we are going to say or how the audience will react. There is no need to be worried! This post outlines a simple, yet hugely effective method that you can apply to help you prepare and deliver well structured, compelling presentations. There’s a famous quotation on public […]

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