Speak First Blog | Presentation Skills

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 ...

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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 ...

30 June 2017

10 Powerful ways to open a presentation with impact

 The first 30 seconds of a presentation is crucial – so don’t waste it. You need to grab the attention of your audience and engage their interest from the start. Many speakers begin by giving their ...

8 February 2017

Why it’s time to leave behind your presentation ‘Leave Behinds’

  One common cause of ‘Death by PowerPoint’ is trying to kill two birds with one stone – producing a presentation and a leave-behind at the same time. As a result both get done badly. As Jerry ...

6 July 2016

Hot tips for handling nerves

  Often, nerves and a lack of confidence can be the main thing holding us back, particularly when speaking in public or attending an interview. While a certain level of nerves can be useful to keep ...

13 April 2016

Successful presenting to people from different cultures

Imagine having to make a presentation to 22 individuals from 22 different countries... That's what two of our senior consultants did recently for the National Audit Office. The countries were as ...