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Tips from Ireland’s Top Coaches (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I published an article with top tips and advice from some of Ireland’s leading public speaking and presentation coaches. Because their answers were so good the first time they’ve returned for a part 2! If you missed it, I strongly recommend you catchup on part 1 here.    Catherine Moonan is […]

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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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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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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids Part 2

90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. This means any information you want to communicate is better communicated in the form of an image. As an added bonus, visual content is social-media-ready and social-media-friendly. It’s easily sharable and easily palatable. To be remembered, […]

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How to Create Powerful Visual Aids Part 1

90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. This means any information you want to communicate is better communicated in the form of an image. As an added bonus, visual content is social-media-ready and social-media-friendly. It’s easily sharable and easily palatable. To be remembered, […]

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A Death By PowerPoint Experience

Microsoft PowerPoint was born in 1990 (the same year as me as it happens!) and today an estimated 350 PowerPoint presentations are given each second across the globe. PowerPoint’s share of the presentation software market remains a healthy 95 percent, leaving relative newcomers Apple Keynote, Google Presentation, Prezi, and SlideRocket in the shade, according to a study by Meinald […]

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The Rule of Three in Speech Writing

Most of you will be familiar with the expression “Three is a Magic Number”. This expression proves very true when it comes to speeches and presentations. In this post you will learn more about the usefulness of the rule of three in speechwriting. When can you use it? Why is it so effective? What is […]

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5 Powerful Ways To Close Any Speech

What the grand finale is to a musician at a concert, the conclusion is to a speaker on stage. Leading speakers end their speeches like a rockstar —on a high note, vocally and intellectually. Just as a comedian should leave ‘em laughing, the speaker should leave ‘em thinking. Last moments matter. Your mission with the speech closing is to: Reinforce […]

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5 Effective Ways To Open Any Speech

The opening minutes of a presentation are critical for engaging your audience. In their research for The Definitive Book of Body Language, Allan and Barbara Pease claim that an audience forms up to 80 percent of its impression of a speaker within the first four minutes of a speech. Remember that the early stage of your speech is the peak time of the audience’s engagement level. […]

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