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.

structure helps

structure

Structure helps both the presenter and the audience. It underpins the message, the media and the delivery. Structure is essential. Without structure a presentation is challenging to deliver, seldom has impact and is easily forgotten; the value will be lost,…
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Women presenters

Women presenters

I’ve been privileged to share the stage with some amazing presenters. I wondered out loud with colleagues whether there were specific challenges pertinent to women delivering presentations. I’m really grateful to a friend who spoke immediately before me at Fix17…
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Your script

script

Your script is what you want to say. You should write out precisely what you want to say and edit it until perfect.You should never read your script nor attempt to memorise it. You should put away to your script…
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Bloom’s taxonomy

Bloom’s taxonomy

Bloom’s taxonomy is a classification of thinking, moving though six layers of complexity frequently described as a staircase from lower to higher ordered thinking. Initially proposed in 1954 and revised in 2001 it offers a framework to consider teaching and…
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Speaking in tongues

Speaking in tongues

Speaking in tongues they say is one of the Gifts of The Spirit. It must be accompanied by Interpretation of tongues. Delivering or receiving a presentation in a foreign tongue should not prevent the audience receiving a single, clear and…
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Crushing the scariest talk of your life

crushing your next presentation

The purpose of guest blog posts is to advertise the amazing work others are doing in improving presentation skills. I am humbled and privileged that three such folk have shared their insights. This post is important in many way, not…
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practise commando

practise commando

Practise commando for significant improvements in your presentation. Clearly I don’t mean naked, altho The Sensei, Garr Reynolds has a published whole book on the matter of presenters being open with the audience. Practise with nothing at all save a…
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p2 is not just slides

not just slides

p2 is not just slides. a great presentation is the product of the story (p1), the supportive media (p2) and the delivery (p3). The p2 need not just be slides. Consider anything that will add to the message. Remember the…
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best presentation

best presentation

People often remark the best presentation they remember was when the presenter arrived and the p2 failed before delivery. ” The best presentation is of course a compliment and it means that the p cubed value was significant, that there…
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busy slide

busy slide

“I’m sorry for this busy slide, let me talk you through it.”  Never be tempted to use a busy slide by either attempting to explain it or by building it piecemeal or worse seeking forgiveness. A busy slide will distract…
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