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Original articles from Maurice De Castro.
 
12 Tips to Become a Better Presenter (Part 4)
You have a clear purpose, you understand your audience, you have a robust and compelling structure, and you now even have a high-impact opening. Now you are in your stride, and it’s time for the fireworks.

12 Tips to Become a Better Presenter (Part 3)
If you’ve been following this series of presentation tips, you will now understand the purpose of your presentation and as much as you can about your audience. You will also be clear on how to structure the “noise.”

12 Tips to Become a Better Presenter (Part 2)
It’s time to give some structure to the presentation whizzing around in your head. At the moment it probably feels like a theme park of noise in your mind...

12 Tips to Become a Better Presenter (Part 1)
Many people believe that the ability to present an idea to an audience with confidence, clarity, and impact is a talent that the lucky few are simply born with. As a presentation skills coach, I’m here to shatter the illusion.

Three Pointers to Help You to Present Like a Pro
When it comes to presenting, I’m often asked the same question time and time again: “Isn’t it true that the really great presenters are just born with the ability to speak beautifully?” ​I’m sure you can guess my response.

When It Comes To Presenting, Understanding Doesn’t Equal Remembering
A common misconception amongst presenters is that if they have an interesting message and deliver it clearly and confidently, their audience will not only understand it — they will remember and act on it. Not necessarily.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 9
As this series of presentation tips draws to a close, these final two gems will ensure that all of your focus, hard work, and creativity will make a memorable and lasting impact on your audience. There are only two more things you need to do now to become a highly talented presenter.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 8
This series of presentation tips has been specifically designed to help you to present with authority, presence, and impact in any situation. We are heading towards the end of our journey together and I am conscious of the fact that the glue that holds all of these practical presentation skills tips together is confidence.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 7
We have all attended presentations where we wondered whether the speaker was ever going to get to the point and finish speaking. That’s the premise of our next piece of advice.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 6
In Part 5 of this series of presentation skills tips designed to help you to become a highly talented presenter, in Tip 6, we said “Make it visual.” That article focused largely on the use of visual aids such as PowerPoint, Keynote, etc., which can add enormous value and impact to your presentation. We have, however, saved the most powerful visual aid for this article: You!

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 5
You’ve already given a great deal of thought to your content, so what about the visual elements of your presentation? PowerPoint and the use of other visual aids often prompt a little controversy in businesses today, but not because there is anything wrong with using them; it’s all down to their misuse.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 4
If you’ve been following us so far, you are already a third of the way into knowing exactly what it takes to be a talented presenter. You have a clear purpose, you understand your audience, you have a robust and compelling structure, and you now even have a high-impact opening. Now you are in your stride, and it’s time for the fireworks.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 3
If you’ve been following this series of presentation tips, you will now understand the purpose of your presentation and as much as you can about your audience. You will also be clear on how to structure the “noise.” Now it is time to focus on the all-important opening. After all, as Plato said, "the beginning is the most important part of the work."

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 2
Hopefully you’ve been able to read Part 1 of this series of articles designed to enhance your journey to become a talented presenter. If you did, you will know that the quest begins with a set of critical questions about your purpose and your audience. ​Once you are clear on both of those issues, it’s time to give some structure to the presentation whizzing around in your head. At the moment it probably feels like a theme park of noise in your mind.

12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 1
Many people believe that the ability to present an idea to an audience with confidence, clarity, and impact is a talent that the lucky few are simply born with. ​As a presentation skills coach, I’m here to shatter the illusion and state unequivocally that it is nothing more than a limiting myth.

Lessons in Presenting from Valentine's Day
In the U.S., as in many other parts of the world, Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with a romantic dinner, flowers, chocolates, or some other expression of just how much we care. Not everyone acknowledges February 14th with the same tenderness, but there is plenty to learn from those who make a real effort to make it special each year, even when it comes to presenting.

Every Presentation Could Be Like Christmas
Christmas conjures up an image of glamor, gifts, and goodwill; yet sadly, many presentations today offer a monologue of monotony. It doesn’t have to be that way, for either you as the speaker or your audience.

Three Pointers to Help You to Present Like a Pro
When it comes to presenting, I’m often asked the same question time and time again: “Isn’t it true that the really great presenters are just born with the ability to speak beautifully?” ​I’m sure you can guess my response.

When It Comes To Presenting, Understanding Doesn’t Equal Remembering
A common misconception amongst presenters is that if they have an interesting message and deliver it clearly and confidently, their audience will not only understand it — they will remember and act on it. Not necessarily.

Presenting Is Like Kissing: Part 2
If you’re like me and remember that first kiss, you’ll probably also remember that the lead up to it carries some resemblance to the way you may feel in preparing for your first or an important presentation. If I had been able to Google these suggestions decades ago, both would have been much easier for me.

Presenting Is Like Kissing: Part 1
I wish Google were around over 35 years ago when I really needed it; if you search the question “How to have your first kiss?” on it today you’ll be greeted by over 62M results. ​I also wish it was there for me 30 years ago when I was equally dumb and nervous about how to give my first presentation. Incidentally, if you type in “how to give your first presentation” you’ll be met with twice as many articles offering advice.

How to Present at an Interview — and Get the Job!
​In my experience, most interviewers hire the person they like the most, even at the expense of declining slightly more qualified or experienced candidates. People like people they feel connected with, and these five tips will ensure that you make that all-important connection.

The Foolproof Way to Present Your Business Case
Today, the need to articulate with absolute clarity the rationale, benefits, cost, and impact of any initiative is as critical as it has ever been. Many professionals present their business case using reams of data-rich slides that serve the purpose of demonstrating just how hard the project sponsor has worked on the initiative but do little to inspire the decision makers to say “yes.”

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