Don’t let a Q and A session disrupt your message

A better way with a Q and A session

Audience participation is a great way to connect with your audience. Most people do that with a Question and Answer (Q&A) session in their conclusion. This can be a bad move. Here’s why. You can’t control a Q&A session. So you run the risk of your thoughtful closing remarks being hi-jacked by a disruptive or …

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Stories work, even when audiences just want cold facts

Tell stories, they'll make the facts memorable

In our coaching sessions we are always urging speakers and presenters to tell more stories. But are there ever occasions when you shouldn’t tell a story? There are certain industries that are not conducive to storytelling. And there are certain audiences that are less receptive to storytelling. They like facts and figures, they expect facts …

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Is your body saying the right things about you?

The most powerful way we communicate is not with our words but our body. Body language or non-verbal communication is your gestures, facial expressions, body position and eye movements. Our brains evaluate all these things and come to a conclusion about the speaker in a nano-second. When you speak, you want your body to say …

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Cave painting offers clue to better presentations

A mere 32,000 years ago, man understood how to use PowerPoint. Cave drawings were our first form of communication. When our ancestors saw a picture of a Woolly Mammoth trampling a person, they knew what it meant. Since then our brains have grown, we’ve created symbols, given them meaning, and discovered the ability to parse …

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The hastily-scribbled lines that echoed round the world

Just three lines scribbled on a piece of scrap paper helped turn Jacinda Ardern into the embodiment of how a politician should respond to a crisis. New Zealand’s Prime Minister found herself thrust into the international spotlight after the massacre of 50 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. …

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