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Presentation tips from TV


Everyone at Grist has worked in telly. Mrs Grist was a journalist on most of the BBC News programmes as well as Newsnight, Newsround, and quite a number of Science documentaries, and I was a documentary maker. When we look for people to work with us we have always ended up with ex-TV people. Our … Continue reading

Bidding – Dealing with your weaknesses


Some thoughts today on the negatives. We all have weaknesses, but constantly we are faced by people who are very, very good at what they do, but are allowing their weaknesses to dominate their thoughts. When bidding new projects we find that people do two things: 1. Underestimate how good they are 2. Overestimate the … Continue reading

Gettysburg Address – the PPT version


Funny http://goo.gl/7WOcc

National Audit Office NAO review of PFI … for Dummies


National Audit Office NAO review of PFI … for Dummies The report is clearly intended to study value for money and focusses on Investors, rather than Contractors – although these may be the same. It says it asks three crucial questions: If Investors make the services better. If Investors actually do take risk. If the … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Why Architects are Great at Pitching


I wrote a couple of pieces here on Mistakes Architects make when Pitching and realised that the overall effect was a bit negative.  Of course, since we get paid to make people more effective we do have to correct what people are doing wrong. But, as a presentation coach your objective has to be to … Continue reading

Psychology of Business – Bad Decisions – or why we get things wrong


As human we aren’t as rational as we hope we are. So understanding our biases makes us more effective. Here are 10 ways we get things wrong, and ways that effects how we present ourselves. Confirmation Bias is where we look for information to support what we believe to be true, and ignore the opposite. … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Presentation Nerves


Virtually everyone who works for Grist has worked in television, and most have worked for the BBC.  Why?  Because when you consider how nervous many of us feel when talking to a dozen people consider how you would feel if there were a million watching? TV is a very exposed place and so our core … Continue reading

Will anyone stand up for PFI?


The Government, to their credit, recognises that procurement of large projects is a skill and so want to improve the process with the Major Projects Leadership Academy. http://t.co/0Odbd2yD To quote: The government is currently managing 206 major projects worth more than £400bn with more than half running over time and budget. But it occurs to me … Continue reading

Myths about Presentation


Both my wife Lindsay and I were on Tomorrow’s World 20 years ago, and I remained technically in Science Department for my whole career. So when we started working on presentation skills we started trying to find out what the science of human communication was all about. Almost immediately we came across this startling fact. … Continue reading

Bad Presentations – Funny films, but accurate


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIABo0d9MVE Funny, and: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbSPPFYxx3o Very funny: http://spolis.com/2012/02/02/a-ted-presentation-that-is-a-tad-bit-different/ Thought provoking

Presentations – Why PowerPoint presentations are DULL


  Click logo for our presentation courses We’ve been working for 7 years now creating excellent, memorable presentations.  We virtually stopped using PowerPoint 6 months ago when we got comfortable with Prezi.  If you don’t know Prezi then simple Google their site, or look at this – What is Prezi? There are lots of reasons … Continue reading

Why PowerPoint should be dead, but isn’t


In August last year I wrote this: Why PowerPoint is dead. Finally the time has come. It’s been fun but everything must pass. PowerPoint is dead. Why?  Because of Prezi. Have a look at this: https://prezi.com/secure/38ab10d0f5db6b775992d624e256c566632606be/ I knocked that up in 20 minutes to demonstrate the sort of things Prezi can do. We’ve been using … Continue reading

Architects’ Presentations – Common Mistakes Part 2 – Visuals


Today I’ve been thinking about pictures. TOO MANY VISUALS Yes, you can have too many visuals, or at least too many visuals on a screen or a page. Architects produce beautiful visuals of all sorts. Sketches, photos, mood boards, all can be beautiful, and often are. But, human beings can only process one piece of … Continue reading