Why do I forget people’s names?

Posted by on 19 May, 2017 in Blog, Public speaking |

A classic: I am introduced to new people “Nice to meet you I’am….”, smiles, handshakes. raise my gaze and I think: “What’s his name? Ouch, every time!”. I feel beyond hope, but I am not the only one. It is fairly common to forget people’s names, and there’s a scientific reason behind. Better, there’s more than one, mainly because it’s difficult to create associations to a name...

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How much time do you need to prepare a successful presentation?

Posted by on 1 May, 2017 in Blog, Public speaking |

36 to 90 hours to prepare a 60 minutes presentation with about 30 slides. It is not a rule, but an advice from Nancy Duarte in her book slide:ology. If you don’t know her, Nancy is a communication expert, known for supporting great speakers. One of her most acclaimed job is the Al Gore famous presentation on climate change. Going back to the time you need to prepare a successful presentation, it is difficult for me to give a precise...

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The Talent Code: go deliver a presentation!

Posted by on 24 Mar, 2017 in Blog, Public speaking |

I am reading The Talent Code right now, an interesting book by Daniel Coyle on… well on talent of course! What is the main idea of the book? That talent is something we are not born with (or without) and it can be grown. The scientific point is that it is based on a substance called myelin which our brain develops with deep practice. What is deep practice? Focused exercise where we struggle, make mistakes, learn from them and push our...

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Laser pointer – is it good to use it in presentations?

Posted by on 19 Jan, 2017 in Blog, Public speaking |

Are laser pointers a good visual aid tool to support and enhance your presentation? That’s a fairly common question I receive in my Successful Presentation course, when we start talking about using visual aids (mainly slides). These pointers are normally embedded in the remote we use to advance to the next slide, so laser has to be good! Laser indeed is good, for example to cut diamonds and in fibre optics (but sorry, you need a different...

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Credibility in public speaking: do you pass the Sinatra test?

Posted by on 26 Aug, 2016 in Blog, Public speaking |

Frank Sinatra frequently shows in my public speaking course, specifically when we get to talk about the voice; what a better example since that was also his nickname?  One of his most popular songs gives us also another reason to mention him. Theme from New York New York, in the Sinatra version, towards the end says: If I can make it there, I’m gonna make it anywhere, (Liza Minelli’s, is just slightly different). That sentence is...

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