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How to give feedback on presentations


This Blog is moving to our new website: See here Grist   I want to do something different. I want answers from you. Of all the topics I’ve written about, giving feedback is the one people search for the most and read the most. In fact the search term that has got most hits over … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – What you can learn from TV Presenters


There are two types of TV presenters. The smart ones who realise how vulnerable and exposed they are while on camera, and the dumb ones who don’t get it. Miraculously both seem to get away with it. The smart ones by managing the situation using their wit and intellect, and the dumb ones by having … Continue reading

Architecture PowerPoint Tips PPT


Talking to an architect today about refreshing the skills we had worked on last year set me to thinking about PowerPoint. Here is my advice for architects. Brochures and printed material are a totally different thing from images projected on a screen. It is not the images themselves that are different, but the way they … Continue reading

Obama – the greatest speech-maker of our time?


The simple answer is ‘yes’. When Obama turns it on, he is simply brilliant. This section from a speech has been put to music, and well-crafted by a team that are very, very good at what they do, but take away the flim-flam and you are still left with something really powerful, and superbly delivered. … Continue reading

FM presentations – rehearse, rehearse, rehearse


Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse Lovely moment yesterday. We’ve done a lot of preparation for a big presentation (no details, sorry) and one of the team had struggled with nerves throughout. That is, had worried about nerves throughout. In reality he was really good at presenting, but couldn’t finally shift the worry to one side. After the … Continue reading

FM – How to structure a Facilities Management sales presentation


We come from TV, and that means we have spent an unatural amount of time thinking about something most people don’t have to think about – how to tell a story. What is a story? In business, a story is a joined-up series of messages. It’s not “Once upon a time” or “Three men walked … Continue reading

Construction Presentations – 4 Dos and 3 Don’ts


Presentation Tips for Constructors Our long experience of working with Constructors has taught us there are 4 key mistakes made in presentations.¬†And 3 golden rules. The 4 key mistakes 1. TALKING ABOUT YOU Your clients don’t find you as interesting as you do. Change your mindset. Talk about them. Change “Let me tell you about … Continue reading

How to structure a Construction presentation


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Presentation Tips – How to structure a presentation


We come from TV, and that means we have spent an unatural amount of time thinking about something most people don’t have to think about – how to tell a story. What is a story? In business, a story is a joined-up series of messages. It’s not “Once upon a time” or “Three men walked … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Prezi gets better


You may know we use Prezi most of the time. We think it’s great. One of the few things that people missed from PowerPoint was the ability to build. So Prezi have added it. If you don’t know Prezi, use the arrows at the bottom to cycle through the presentation. Have a go HERE

What you can learn from great speeches – Barack Obama


This is another great speech by someone I really admire. In the 2008 campaign Obama raised the bar for all speechmakers. This is the speech where he responded to criticism that he was “Just a speechmaker” So what can you learn from it? I’m not going to dwell here on the text. As ever Obama … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Can you learn to deliver great presentations in 60 seconds?


Well, maybe not. But we set ourselves that task of trying….. Perfect in a Minute from Grist Communications on Vimeo. What do you think? You can view direct on Vimeo – http://vimeo.com/user5849471/review/45314709/fef1eec69e

Presentation Tips – How to give feedback


How do you give feedback? ……….Carefully. We all have egos. None of us like to be told we’re bad at things. So how do you go about telling people they are rubbish at something and need to improve? The reason I’m bothering to write this is that we do this every day, and we think … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – How a great speech can be improved.


Have you seen this: Sir Ken Robinson at TED It’s quite a famous speech. It’s been watched 11 million times. I only saw it for the first time about 10 days ago, which is odd because I’m fascinated by education theory, public speaking, and the encouragement of creativity in young people. When I watched it … Continue reading

Why do we learn?


Which may seem like a funny question, and I suppose it’s not actually the question I really want answered. The real question is Why don’t we learn? The Truth is Out There The world has changed in the last decade, and changed a great deal. Previously if you wanted to know things you had to … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – How “long” is a slide? Did I miss a meeting?


One of the most pervasive ideas in our world is that a PowerPoint slide has some kind of natural duration. “I’ve got 10 slides. That’s a minute minimum on each, so 10 minutes.” We find this idea quite bemusing. Slides are a decent way to support what you are saying, but they are no more … Continue reading

Architect’s presentations – 5 dos and 3 don’ts


Click the logo for our Architecture Training page. Presentation Tips for Architects Our long experience of working with Designers and Architects has taught us there are 5 key mistakes made in presentations. And 3 golden rules. The 5 key mistakes 1. TALKING ABOUT YOU Your clients don’t find you as interesting as you do. Change … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse


“We’re terrible at presentations. We tend to do them in the train on the way down.” An un-named Architect. If you have to say something out loud, every time you rehearse it, the better it will get. Up to what number you ask? At least 10. So if you don’t rehearse enough, you are deliberately … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – Rehearsal


“We’re terrible at presentations. We tend to do them in the train on the way down.” An un-named Architect. If you have to say something out loud, every time you rehearse it, the better it will get. Up to what number you ask? At least 10. So if you don’t rehearse enough, you are deliberately … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – The Cure for Nerves


Let’s get back to basics. Everyone can be a good public speaker. To clarify, every single person we have ever met who has been asked to speak in public is capable of doing a good job. So, so are you. So why do many of us fear it so much? Because for most of us … Continue reading

Death by PowerPoint – Old but still very funny


The original and best Life After Death By PowerPoint. Every word is true.¬†Something to cheer us up on friday   You Tube – Life After Death By PowerPoint

Presentation Tips – Pauses


First the simple bit. We have a need to assimilate what we are hearing. A moment to think. The hippies lament they “didn’t want to be put in boxes” was utterly wrong. That’s how the brain organises things. The boxes are called schema by psychologists. A schema is what we already know. You know how … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – The Rhetorical Question


Here’s a quick and dirty one – when speaking, use more rhetorical questions. Why? (You see what I did there?) Because as soon as you ask: “So how are we going to deliver on time and on budget?” Everyone in the room is thinking, “How are they going to deliver on time and on budget?” … Continue reading

Presentation and Pitching Tips for Architects


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Presentation Tips – The power of positive words


Tweet This! At Grist Towers we’re very suspicious of stuff you can’t measure. Science was where we started, at college and at the BBC, and Mr Grist was 20 years in the Science Department at the BBC, so it is strange that we find ourselves working in a world of intangibles. One of our fundamental … Continue reading