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Visual Aids

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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Communicate You Interviews Presentation Blogger

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Dave Mac Gimpsey, a 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. During my chat with Dave we discuss: Tips for delivering presentations in the workplace (3:09) How to […]

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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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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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Communicate You Interviews Nancy Duarte

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Nancy Duarte. Nancy is an American writer, speaker, and CEO of Duarte Design, the largest design firm in Silicon Valley and a global leader behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. She is a communications expert who has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, Wired, Wall […]

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Communicate You Interviews Garr Reynolds

I’m delighted to introduce an interview with Garr Reynolds. Garr is an internationally acclaimed communications expert, and the creator of the most popular site about presentation design and delivery on the net: Presentation Zen. A much sought-after speaker and consultant, his clients include many in the Fortune 500. In this post you’ll read about Garr Reynold’s advice and […]

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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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How to Use Props in Presentations

As a public speaker you are essentially a performer and you have an obligation to use whatever means necessary to get your message across. So let’s experiment! The term “PROP” is actually a shortened version of the theatrical term “property” which is a word used to describe any object used by an actor in a performance. This post […]

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