Make killer PowerPoint presentations in 7 clear steps (Free e-book by Olivia Mitchell)

Quick quiz: In a 7-step method for building killer PowerPoint presentations, at which step would you make the slides?

Step 1? …Step 2? …Step 3?

Any advance on step 3?

Well in this tried-and-tested method by presentation expert Olivia Mitchell, you may be staggered to hear you don’t make the slides until Continue reading


Free 80-page e-book on boardroom-style presentations, by Andrew Abela

Four business executives having meeting in boardroomHere’s a thought-provoking yet quick read for when you’re creating a boardroom-style presentation – that is, for a small audience (rather than a ballroom-style event, for a large audience).

It’s written by Andrew Abela – who’s an academic, a former management consultant, and creator of the Extreme Presentation Method.

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Boost testosterone – present better! (Regardless of your sex) [Video to watch]

Here’s how to exude confidence (and feel it too) when you present. Amazingly, it comes down to the quickest and easiest type of preparation you’re ever likely to do!

The fast-moving and fascinating 18-minute video below shows you the way, based on remarkable research into the hormonal effects of body language. Continue reading

Minimise “blur” when you present (F!RST framework – part 1m)

Minimize blurIn this post, you’ll find 9 steps you can take to cut “blur”. (Short of time? You can skip straight to those 9 steps.) First though, let’s just briefly look at what blur is, and how you can recognise it.

Blur harms your goal by being the opposite of focus. Sometimes called “noise”, blur is caused by anything that:

  • overwhelms your audience
  • or distracts them from you and your core message.

Common signs of blur include: Continue reading

Intrigue people when you present (F!RST framework – part 1i)

Don’t let people’s minds wander – make them wonder! Tweet this

keyboard key saying “top secret”

Intriguing your audience means in effect you set up some kind of mystery, which makes people look to you to solve it. So they focus sharply on what you’re about to say in your talk. This anticipation has 3 clear benefits: Continue reading

Answer people’s key question – which they never ask! (F!RST framework – part 1A)

Question Mark Key on Computer Keyboard

You’re probably wondering what the key question is – which is good, because that’s keenly focused your attention!

The key question is what every audience silently asks of every presentation. Tweet this

What do you think that burning question is? It’s this: Continue reading

3×7 tips to rivet people when you present (F!RST framework – part 1: Focus attention)

How this series can help you

Football Player

When presenting, you likely already know how hard it is to keep people’s attention. After all, distractions like their mobile phone, email, or even just their thoughts are rarely far away.

(For context, please see the overview of the F!RST framework)

In this series of posts, you’ll find 3 “core tips” you can use to keep your audience riveted to your talk. Those core tips include over 20 clear-cut actions you can take, with examples of how you can apply them. So, you’ll keep your audience far more engaged, making it much easier for you to persuade them and to achieve your talk’s goal. Continue reading

5 ways to be a top presenter – meet the F!RST framework

Your challenge

Think about it – I bet many of the presentations you sit through are either a bit dull, or just plain awful, right? (We’ve all seen those!)

But wait a second

What are you doing to radically distance
your presentations from those?

It’s tough, because you likely use basically the same software, skill-set and approach as roughly 99% of presenters. So unless you take clear steps, sadly your audience will see your work as being just the same as all the rest!

The F!RST framework (simply pronounced “first framework”) gives you those steps Continue reading