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.

Be the change you want to see

Be the change you want to see in the delivery of presentations. The online milieu is not the same as a live presentation. Failure to recognise this and consequently just doing the same old reading out of your slides is…
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Please don’t do this

please don't do this

Please don’t do this in presentations. It forces the audience to read the text and this will be done in preference to listening. The data is not retained. The highlighting forces the audience to read that section before getting context…
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Your powerpoint is not the presentation

hugely complex slide with diagram and data graph supported by massive amount of unreadable text

Your PowerPoint is not the presentation. If you believe that it is, then you have entirely missed the point of every single presentation you have ever “delivered” or “received”. You are not alone in this erroneous belief but you are…
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One more time…

one more time...

One more time… please stop using bullet points and text in presentations. Ask any audience member what they hate most about presentations and you will receive the same answer. There is an overwhelming volume of research data on why text…
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The audience factor

the audience factor

The audience factor in an online presentation significantly changes the perceived impact of that presentation. The value of any presentation is the product of the message, media and delivery. Importantly this value is in the opinion of the individual audience…
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You’re doing it wrong(er)

doing it wrong(er)

You’re doing it wrong if you think a presentation is simply reading out PowerPoint. You are doing it wrong(er) (sic) if you do that online. An online presentation is much more of a challenge than a live presentation for multiple…
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Support Riders

I am going to cycle from sunrise to sunset. This will be a significant personal, physical and mental challenge for me. I’m grateful to lots of folks who have already helped me get this far in training and support and…
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Myton Hospices

The Myton Hospices believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life; they focus on enhancing life when cure is no longer an option. They are leaders in compassionate end of life care and their work centres on patient…
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Sheffield Children’s Hospital

I work at The Sheffield Children’s Hospital, one of only four dedicated children’s hospitals in the UK. The NHS provides the basics of what is needed for patients and carers. The Sheffield Children’s Hospital “Make it Better” Appeal aims to…
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Tommy’s

Tommy’s is a charity working to make the UK the safest place in the world to give birth, supported by people who refuse to accept that a baby’s death is just ‘one of those things’. The people who support Tommy’s want…
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