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Ten tips for hands free presentations

Ten tips for hands free presentations

by Moyra Mackie on May 17, 2013

I’ve lost count of the number of clients who come to me for presentation skills coaching who ask:

“What am I supposed to do with my hands? I feel so awkward.”

If you’re going to be a great presenter you need to stop worrying about what you do with your hands.  You’re not directing traffic or carrying out brain surgery.  You’re talking to people.

When you talk to people in the office, at home, in a bar, do you worry about your body language?  I’m guessing that for most of us, outside of a first date or important interview, the answer to that question will be “no”.

And why don’t we worry?

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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PowerPoint: crack cocaine for poor presenters?

PowerPoint: crack cocaine for poor presenters?

by Moyra Mackie on May 10, 2013

Have you ever sat through a presentation where the speaker whisks through forty slides in as many minutes? Where each slide is crammed full of text or endless bullet pointed lists?

It always amazes me that people who complain they have too much to do and not enough time to do it in, will waste hours sitting in on dull, unmemorable, or just plain confusing, presentations.

And amazingly, very few people complain.

Last week I wrote about  essential preparation for effective presentations.  I promised that this week I would talk about presentation delivery.

But I’ve changed my mind.

Presentations can be tough to deliver, but it’s important to accept that nerves are normal.  And nerves can let a presenter down. Let’s leave presentation delivery to another week.

There is no excuse for poor visual aids

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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Despite the advances in technology and the changes in the way we can and do communicate, one thing has remained pretty much the same for centuries – our desire to see a real person stand up in front of us and talk in a way that informs or persuades or inspires.

And yet surveys all over the world reveal that giving presentations is right up there with death as the public’s number one fear.

Perhaps that is partly because presenting is seen as the more immediate danger?  But as both are unavoidable, let’s look at how you can present your message in a way that is easy to understand and hard to resist.

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Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie

Moyra Mackie helps leaders and teams to work with courage, compassion and creativity. She is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Mackie Consulting.

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