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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 – 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

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

What you can learn from great speeches – Conan O’Brien


This is funny. Conan isn’t much known to us in the UK. If you’ve never come across him, he’s Graham Norton, but harder working.

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

Who is Neil Mullarkey?


If you don’t know who Neil Mullarkey is, well you probably do actually. He’s been making people laugh for a long time. For those in the UK you can see him most Wednesday and Sunday nights at the Comedy Store near Leicester Square as part of the Comedy Store Players. You will also probably get … 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

What you can learn from great speeches – Michael Lewis


This is a great speech by someone I really admire. If you haven’t read his books I can heartily recommend them all. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Lewis/e/B000APZ33E Read The Big Short if you want to get a clear idea of how toxic mortgages nearly brought the world to its knees. This is his speech to Princeton’s class of 2012. … 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

Client Engagement – When dealing with clients, don’t take “Yes” for an answer


I wrote a post recently called Architects – Don’t take “Yes” for an answer which was based on observation of many client engagements – and their outcomes. That is winning and losing in competitive bids. But yesterday I spend a day with a mixed team of constructors, Fm, finance and bid specialists and I started … Continue reading

Client Engagement – I don’t need Engagement Training, do I?


Click the logo for our Engagement courses We started as presentation trainers, after 20 years of working with TV presenters. We then realised that presentations are easy – if you do the work – but that you could win or lose during the Q&A. So we developed a process for Q&A that we know works. … 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

What can you learn from great speeches? Prince Charles


Prince Charles is a public figure with whom we, the British nation, have had an ambiguous relationship over the years. But on Monday at the Diamond Jubilee concert he delivered a speech which I think will have changed a lot of peoples’ minds. Why? Because it changed mine – a bit. And life has taught … 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

Client Engagement for Architects – Don’t take “Yes” for an answer


If you are an architect the hardest thing you do is create beautiful, inspiring buildings that ¬†allow people to do what they want to do as easily as possible. That’s hard, and it’s why you spend so much of your career learning. In my world, which is helping architects sell new projects, the hardest thing … Continue reading

Presentation Tips – 93% of communication is non-verbal


The 93% Falsehood I’m smiling now. I promise. Can you tell what I’m saying? No? Even if I’m talking in a calm, reassuring voice? That’s strange, because many people seem to believe that, when speaking 93% of the COMMUNICATION is conveyed by body language. Now I’m not speaking, but it does beg the question how … 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