Author Archive: ffolliet

At work I'm a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon. That involves Surgical Oncology, Neonatal Surgery and Trauma. There's also a lot of teaching and mentoring. None of this actually makes me particularly clever. I'm pretty heavily into improving presentations and long for the world to lay down the weapon of bulletpoints and embrace creative and engaging presentations. I lead presentation workshops and am currently working up a book on presentations. I did a wee thing at TEDx Stuttgart in 2014 of which I'm quite proud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFza3W87eDg Outside all of that I struggle to keep fit, cycle a bit and the odd triathlon. I'm a father, singer, laugher, learner, sharer, blogger, thinker, strummer and much more.

It’s a privilege

it's a privilege

“It’s a privilege to be here today and read my powerpoint out to you.” That’s not how it should be! It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to make a presentation, to share insights, inspiration or research, to teach…
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more questions

More questions on twitter and through email from friends and colleagues about presentations is a great sign of the desire for improvement and higher-order thinking on presentation skills. I want to emphasise that these replies are only my personal opinions,…
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Three obstacles

three obstacles

A useful tool in preparing a presentation is to consider the principal three obstacles an audience may have to accept the intended message. A great presentation has a single message but an audience requires to be persuaded. Sadly, even providing…
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Just don’t…

just don't

Just don’t ever consider doing any of these things. They need no more explanation than is given. Sadly, these ideas are more frequently expressed than one would expect. If you have ever considered one, just don’t. Plan using powerpoint (to…
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Needs no introduction

“Our next speaker needs no introduction whatsoever as she is famous worldwide for her inspirational and incredible presentations. I would say she is one of the best presenters I have ever seen.” oh. Please never introduce anyone like that, even…
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Haters gonna hate

haters gonna hate

Haters gonna hate sang Miss Swift. And she’s right, haters gonna hate. Whether that is about your lifestyle choices, musical tastes or indeed presentation style, haters gonna hate. The most important thing to remember is that the hate is about…
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Speaker Instructions

Speaker instructions are sent out by conference organisers to standardise content, minimise areas of confusion and ultimately to aid conference presenters. Not all presenters view speaker instructions in the same manner. Try to understand the aim of the instructions is…
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*taps microphone

*taps microphone

A great presentation requires effective delivery; the best way to start is not *taps microphone and asking, “Is this thing on?” Speak normally, you will be heard throughout the room if effective amplification has been chosen. There are three basic…
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Size matters

Size matters

In so much of life, size matters. In presentations, size matters a lot. Size affects the nature and construction of a presentation, its delivery and reception. Size matters in the initial planning of presentation. It is essential to understand the…
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Top 10 tips

A recent tweet from a colleague Edd Broad asked me for my top 10 tips on giving presentations to a large group. Being a man of a certain age, a certain musical upbringing and a certain literary experience, top 10s…
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