Category Archives: Delivery

Starting Talks with Questions and Stories

It’s 4pm. I have the last slot in a parallel session at a major international conference. The mulling crowds that packed the room for the first speaker in the session have long since wandered off to find something else to … Continue reading

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The Power of a Prologue

First of all, I’d like to thank you for reading this post. It is a great pleasure to be read and recommended by people in many different countries. When preparing this post, I was reminded of a saying by someone … Continue reading

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Hit ‘em Between the Eyes: Introductions that Mean Business

For the next few weeks, I will be giving you ways to grab people’s attention and keep it. If first impressions count then your introduction is your most valuable asset. I want to show you some ways to use those … Continue reading

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Addicted to Flashy Visuals

Nowadays, PowerPoint slides and talks have become almost inseparable. From scientific discoveries to church sermons, almost every talk you can imagine will be accompanied by a series of slides with a dash of blue backgrounds and, if course, generous amounts … Continue reading

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Building Modular Talks

Last week, I told the story of how I discovered the power of building modular talks when I had two talks to do in one crazy week. This week, I want to go a bit deeper into how to recognise … Continue reading

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What interpreters know about public speaking

They are a bit weird, really. Interpreters sit at the back of the room, in comfy-looking boxes and just talk. Whatever you say, they talk. However funny (or otherwise) your jokes, they come up with something. In fact, the bulk … Continue reading

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Guest Post: What Makes a Good Presenter

This post is by Ellen Spaeth (@ellenspaeth), a PhD student researching music listening in the treatment of anxiety, and a technology trainer. You can hear more from Ellen on her blog. In this post Ellen wonders whether ‘professional’ has to … Continue reading

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