Don’t ignore the elephant in the room

You have a presentation, a meeting, or a call. You’re giving it your best: high energy, data-backed talking points, cool example stories to illustrate. By now you are usually able to break the ice. But, ugh, you’re just not feeling it this time. They seem off, disengaged.🤷🏼‍♂️ It’s -26c in the room, ouch. 🥶 You couldContinue reading “Don’t ignore the elephant in the room”

If I had to choose the single best presentation tip ever…it would be…

Record yourself. Seriously. 📹 Recording is the evolution of talking to yourself in the mirror. Seriously. If I had to choose one hack that would have the most significant long-term impact on your success it would be that. There are both short term and long term benefits, all of them very much accessible. ⚡️ Before anContinue reading “If I had to choose the single best presentation tip ever…it would be…”

One-liners per slide for better storytelling

Every slide should have one key idea which logically leads to the next slide’s key idea, thus creating a story that’s easy to follow until the final conclusion.  You want to make sure you understand what is the key idea of your slides and how they flow together. How do you do that? First, youContinue reading “One-liners per slide for better storytelling”

Conclusion first? Or supporting data? A crucial presentation distinction you have to mind

Ask your audience in advance (whenever applicable) what they prefer: – See the data and then get to the conclusion? or – See the conclusion and then examine the supporting data? If you miss out on this crucial distinction, this will generate frustration and a lack of engagement, especially for time-pressed C-level executives. 😬🥱 Understand howContinue reading “Conclusion first? Or supporting data? A crucial presentation distinction you have to mind”

Presentation planning- the best order to work with

When formulating your presentation, work in the following order: middle, ending, beginning. Similarly to movie productions, start working on developing the middle first. That’s your storyline where you present the data and build the story and tension. Then get to the clear-cut climax. That’s your ending, the recommendation, the conclusion, the end goal. The grandContinue reading “Presentation planning- the best order to work with”

How to follow up after a conference like a pro

At conferences it’s easy to get lost in a sea of names, faces and conversations. 2 days later you sit to write 100 follow up emails and you’re like dang, it’s a big mush. You end up sending something generic that gets very low traction…🤦🏻‍♀️ To create better connections and increase traction from conferences doContinue reading “How to follow up after a conference like a pro”

Preparing for the Unexpected

Reality check: most of your presentations won’t go exactly as planned, time-wise or structure-wise. 📛 Your CEO lets you know they actually have 30 mins to attend instead of the full hour.📛 Your impatient client bombards you with questions in the beginning.📛 The audience is 15 mins late due to technical issues with Zoom. ExpectContinue reading “Preparing for the Unexpected”

Love your product, but don’t overdo it

Love the product you’re selling. Don’t be blindly in love with it. The over-excited voice when presenting your product doesn’t cut it anymore, leave it in 1996. Love your product, understand its ups and downs and communicate authentically, like you would with a friend. There is nothing more alluring and trust-building than coming upfront aboutContinue reading “Love your product, but don’t overdo it”

The power of intentional pauses

A powerful speech tool that almost no one in the West uses is silence. Expertise to us means filling void with more speech, more information, more “I know’s”. However, we’re terribly missing out on the subtle power of intentional pauses. The Japanese, for whom silence is deeply engrained in culture, call this term – Chinmoku.Continue reading “The power of intentional pauses”