p3

The delivery of a presentation is p3. It is an essential component of the effective presentation.

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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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 was…
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Murphy’s Law

Murphy's law

Murphy’s Law states that, “if anything can go wrong, it will.” The aphorism, whatever its derivation, should be addressed by all presenters as part of their preparation. Preparation is the best way, not to necessarily prevent problems, because, as the…
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polished performers

Polished performers are the best examples to observe in order to improve presentations. Two such polished performers are Vic Brazil and Anand Swaminathan. They can be heard over at feminem.com discussing lots of presentation tips but with a particular focus on women…
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comfort monitors

comfort monitor

Comfort monitors are the presenter’s friend. Mostly. Many large conferences provide a comfort monitor, in front of the speaker, showing a full representation of that which is projected on the main screen. The technical setup of comfort monitors especially data…
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any questions?

any questions

“Any questions” is one of those phrases that seems to add fear to most presenters, sometimes more than the performance itself. To effectively prepare for any questions that might be asked the presenter should consider that in the construction of the…
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Running over time

running over time

Running over time in a presentation is unforgivable. There is no presentation ever that has been made better by going longer. Worse it steals time from the audience and potentially from following speakers as organisers struggle to maintain their schedules….
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show some emotion

show some emotion

I was recently privileged to speak at a conference with colleagues from disciplines outwith medicine. I was humbled at the level of wisdom, scientific endeavour and sadly at the level of presentation skills displayed. If it is any comfort, many…
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don’t look back

don't look back

Don’t look back at your slides on the screen behind you, everyone else will. Face the audience for as much time as possible. Depending on the setup there may be a “comfort monitor” in front of the stage morroring the…
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grab bag

grab bag

Every good presenter carries a grab bag stocked with (nearly) everything they will need to deliver a great presentation. The reasons for this become apparent if you give more than one presentation. Of course, there is no perfect list of…
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