Category Archives: The Art & Science of Presenting in Public

Using Psychology & Neuroscience to End a Presentation.

Recently, there has been a lot being written about how to finish a presentation. The only problem is that many of the articles either appear to lack a scientific basis for their suggestions or are based on outdated information from … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Retire the Traditional “Company Presentation”.

One of the most common forms of Business presentations is that of “The Company Presentation”. The purpose is normally to inform the audience about the history and development of the organization from its foundation to the actual date and to … Continue reading

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Beating the “Upward Communication Data Loss” Problem.

– Ensuring The Decision-maker get ALL the information – One of the greatest problems we can have is business is to ensure that we reduce the possibility of “Upward communication data loss”! All too often, it appears that the senior … Continue reading

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5 Easy Ways to Discombobulate a Presenter.

Definition: verb (used with object), discombobulated, discombobulating. [dis-kuh m-bob-yuh-leyt] – To confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: feeling disconnected or unbalanced. E.g., The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers. The purpose of this article is to ensure that people responsible … Continue reading

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So You Want to Present Like Steve Jobs?

While many people seem to view Steve Jobs as the best presenter ever, I do not necessarily agree with this opinion. He undoubtably had a “spark” that many people try to emulate and few achieve. However, in order to better … Continue reading

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“The Art & Science of Enhanced Presentations for Marketing & Sales”

Course: “The Art & Science of Enhanced Presentations for Marketing & Sales” (Also available in Spanish) – Maximum 8 attendees per group – Open courses in Madrid, Barcelona, Santander and Valencia (dates below) Student-centred objectives: Trainees will learn how to … Continue reading

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Reflections upon Completion of a Training Project in Manila

I have just had the pleasure of delivering our course, “The Art & Science of Presentations for Marketing & Sales” to 10 batches of C-suite Executives, Senior Managers and their subordinates (in groups of 10-12) in one of the leading … Continue reading

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Presenting to Small vs Large Audiences.

Note: all of the comments in this  article are also applicable to trainers. As a regular part of our job, we are expected to present to audience of different sizes that might range from a “mini-group” of 1-2 people up … Continue reading

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Laser pointers are NOT magic wands so…..Pointers, be gone!

As a professional presenter and presentation skills trainer & mentor, it is depressing to see how many presenters do not dedicate sufficient time to the proper preparation of their presentations – even if it might mean the difference between their … Continue reading

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The Psychology and Use of Bullet Points in Presentations.

(In this article I will only refer to presenters / presentations. However, most of the information also applies to trainers and training courses) Unfortunately, one of the most common types of slide found in presentations and training courses is that … Continue reading

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Dealing with questions during a Presentation.

Roger is a highly experienced product manager in a multinational company in Europe. Last week, he was making a PowerPoint sales presentation to the management committee of a potential client who appeared to be very interested in his product. He … Continue reading

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2000-2012 International Presentation Skills Survey Results.

As communication consultants and trainers, Brownlee & Associates have noted an ever increasing need for presentations skills training in both national and international organizations over the past 14 years. In this study, we wish to provide our audience with points … Continue reading

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15 Ways to Work the Room Elegantly in a Meeting or Presentation.

One of the most common problems I have observed in many meetings & presentations is that many people do not appear to know – or are not interested in – how to ”work the room” elegantly in order to network … Continue reading

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What is Spatial Anchoring in Presentations and Training?

Some “Professional Communicators” mistakenly tend to feel that walking around the stage is the best way for them to “get in contact with the audience” and, at the same time, subconsciously burn-off excessive adrenalin.  However, this can cause certain problems … Continue reading

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The Three Key Structures of Effective Communication.

“A genius is capable of making the complex simple. An idiot is capable of making the simple complex!” Having been involved in communication skills training for many years, I am constantly amazed at the general lack of knowledge about how … Continue reading

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What Do I do with my Hands while I’m Presenting?

For many thousands of years, human beings have looked at the hands of people approaching them to see if they are holding any kind of weapon or instrument that could possibly cause injury or death. It is instilled in our … Continue reading

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World-wide Presentation Skills Survey.

I would be grateful if you could dedicate 5 minutes of your valuable time to answer this survey. The objective is to find out what makes us stop paying attention during presentations so that appropriate solutions can be found and … Continue reading

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Presentations or Training: “Know” your audience first.

Whether we are going to make a presentation to colleagues or potential clients, preparing for a training course, about to enter into a negotiation or start an international meeting, one thing that they all have in common is that there … Continue reading

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What are “Needs”, “Wants” and “Lacks” and Why are They Important?

It is common in many marketing, sales or training courses and in most businesses to hear people talking about how to meet the Needs and Wants of the customers / clients / learners. However, if we focus only on these … Continue reading

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One serious problem with Innovation.

These days there is a tendency in many organizations, both national & international, to talk about “innovation” and how they are implementing it. It appears to be essential that any “quality” company can proudly state in its internal & external … Continue reading

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What make an “Excellent” presenter?

There are many factors that make a presenter “Excellent” and an even greater number of discussions about this topic. Here is a brief & concise new perspective for your consideration based on over 25 years of experience & observation. The … Continue reading

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“Agenda” slides don’t work: There is an effective and elegant alternative.

It constantly amazes me that many presenters do not know, or choose not to use, one of the best psychological techniques available to elegantly convince their audience of the value of what they are proposing. Instead, many presenters use a … Continue reading

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Direct vs Rhetorical Questions in Presentations.

One of the fastest ways to lose control of a presentation is by asking the audience direct questions DURING the presentation. However, there IS an elegant and much more effective alternative! In this article a PRESENTATION is defined as a … Continue reading

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The Perils Involved in Giving Video Feedback.

In Brownlee & Associates (B&A), we use videotaping – on DVDs – in almost all of our courses: Presentation skills, Sales, Negotiation, Advanced Communication, etc. We normally do NOT review and comment on the trainees videotapes individually and give detailed … Continue reading

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Why Dale Carnegie’s Presentation Structure “Tell them X 3″ is no longer useful or valid.

The concept of “tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them and then tell them what you have just  told them” seems to have first appeared in D. Carnegie’s book “How to win friends & influence people … Continue reading

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