32 Shares Part 1 of this series is here. Let’s just reiterate our starting position here: MOST PRESENTATIONS SUUUUUUUUUCK! This happens at all stages of the life-cycle of a presentation, but if your base preparation is below par, then no amount of shiny graphics and animation will save you – sucky foundation, sucky presentation. To rise above the background noise of a zillion average-to-bad presentations, here are a handful of key questions to ask yourself as you put your thoughts together: Do I really need to present? What do I want to occur as... More »
217 Shares I have been observing, delivering and training people in presentation techniques for over 20 years now and my considered, professional, opinion on the subject is this: MOST PRESENTATIONS SUUUUUUUUCK! In almost every sphere of human endeavour, the outcome can be plotted on a bell-curve – a few really skilled people over on the right, a few really hopeless people over on the left and a whole bunch or just-above or just-below average people in the middle: I suspect that the curve for presentations looks more like this: Why? Seriously. Why?
163 Shares Guy Kawasaki visited Ireland to deliver his Art Of The Start talk at the Irish Software Association’s annual conference. His ‘Irished-up’ version of the talk was warmly received by a packed house. Despite his busy work and tourist schedule (this was his first visit to Ireland) Guy found time to sit down and discuss his online life, how he stays in touch with everything that is going on out there, and his new venture, Alltop.com. 1. Hi Guy and welcome to Ireland. I can only imagine how busy you must be with... More »
83 Shares The great writer and thinker, Christopher Morley, famously wrote: There are three ingredients to the good life – learning, earning and yearning. An average lifespan in the developed world is 70-something years – as indicated on the bar below. Each of the phases of that life has different characteristics. The Learning phase typically stretches from the age of five into the early twenties and its over-riding characteristic is freedom.
40 Shares A commenter on my blog sent me this little morsel: A project manager was running a piece of work with a geographically dispersed team. The team leader was tasked with communicating some bad news to the team members in another city, so he phoned them all and had a conversation with them. A couple of weeks later, during a tele-conference with the whole team, this piece of bad news was raised. There were gasps of surprise and protest from the remote team. Apparently, this bad news was news to them! The PM... More »