Speak First Blog | Presentation Skills

5 March 2020

How to become a better storyteller

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” – the classic opening to Star Wars, one of cinema’s greatest stories, puts a sci-fi twist on the more traditional fairy tale “once upon a time.” It sets ...

19 December 2019

10 steps confident presenters follow to prepare

The American comedian Jerry Seinfeld once joked that since more people are scared of public speaking than of dying, you’re more likely to want to be in the casket than delivering the eulogy.

3 October 2019

9 steps to avoiding death by powerpoint

Since its release all the way back in 1987, PowerPoint has transformed and defined how we give presentations. If you’ve been asked to give a report in a meeting, a speech at a conference or a pitch ...

17 June 2019

5 types of difficult questions and how to answer them

When you’re giving a presentation, or when giving a report at a meeting, you might be asked questions that you don’t have answers to. Or maybe you do have the answers, but you don’t know how to ...

6 June 2019

10 Secrets to handling questions well

You have done the research, prepared the slides and rehearsed your presentation. You are in control of everything. Well, almost everything. A question and answer session can be a daunting experience ...

12 January 2018

12 Keys to Delivering Great Virtual Presentations

What comes to mind when your people think about delivering a virtual presentation? Awkward and boring or engaging and time efficient? What would it take to ensure the latter? These 12 keys to ...

16 August 2017

Don’t Know What To Do With Your Hands When Presenting? Follow These 10 Powerful Rules To Maximise Your Impact

The biggest problem many presenters have – experienced as well as newcomers – is knowing what to do with their hands. They worry endlessly about whether they’re gesturing too much or too little, and ...