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7 secrets of confident presenters

He can inspire colleague with his speeches

We all love to watch a presenter who appears cool, calm and confident. In fact, if a presenter doesn’t seem confident, it is uncomfortable to watch and we will have no confidence in the message they are sharing. But how is it that they are confident in the first place? Here are seven secrets that you can use to become a confident presenter:

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Everything you’ve been taught about presentations is wrong(ish)

As you’d expect from a self-confessed presentation geek, the walls of my study are lined with a multitude of books dedicated to the topic of presenting. They vary by area of expertise, presentation technologies, design thinking and frankly, quality, yet there is one thing that the vast majority share – an obsession with what I would term ‘formal presentations’.

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11 presenting mistakes that make your audience cringe

11 presentation mistakes to avoid

As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this privilege comes responsibility – a responsibility to ourselves to ensure we don’t kill our credibility, but more importantly, a responsibility to our audience to ensure that our message is relevant and interesting to listen to.

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6 white lies presenters often tell themselves

White lies presenters tell themselves

We live in the age of information where people hardly have time to hear themselves think clearly, let alone absorb the plethora of instant communication they are bombarded with.

That presents a significant challenge in itself for most speakers when they are called upon at work to impress their colleagues with that all important presentation. Intelligent, busy people who are working extremely hard to meet deadlines and deliver unreasonable targets often find themselves just striving for survival in the cut and thrust or corporate complexity.

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7 places to find brilliant royalty free stock images

Free stock image example from StockSnap

A study carried out by ROI research found that people are 44% more likely to engage with a brand if an image is involved. On Facebook, a post that includes an album or picture receives 120% to 180% more engagement from fans than a text-based post. According to 3M Corp, our brains process visual content 60,000 times faster than text. Suffice to say, images are often the perfect way to bring a piece of content to life, in order to attract the highest levels of engagement.

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Big presentation? Go from stressed to your best

Presenting to senior management remove stress

When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.

A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.

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7 mistakes to avoid when presenting to senior management

Presentation to senior management

I still remember the very first time I was invited to make a presentation to my senior management team. I couldn’t sleep for days; my mind was filled with dread, and every nerve, cell and fibre of my entire being felt like they were preparing for a major meltdown. I was only in my early twenties, but I believe that even the cuff on a blood pressure monitor would have been trembling.

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The weekly round-up: Public speaking tips

Public speaking tips

Welcome to the Citrix Weekly Round-up. Every week we’ll be bringing you a round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week, grouped into key themes that affect our day-to-day working lives.

The theme for this week is public speaking. Read on for a selection of stories, tips and advice articles.

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7 simple tips for creating memorable presentations

Create memorable presentations

Despite the fast-paced online nature of business these days, presentations are still a cornerstone of communication — be it for an internal meeting, industry conference or pitching to a potential client or investor.

But so often, audiences remember very little from presentations, since they’re commonly seen as a chore and thrown together in a slapdash kind of way with the main consideration being “get everything in!”

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Vital business lessons The Apprentice taught us this year

The Apprentice What We've Learnt

We’re getting closer to finding out who will be named this year’s winner of the prestigious partnership with Lord Sugar himself, and we think this might just have been the best season of The Apprentice yet. There’ve been the usual personality clashes, the hilarious soundbites and the fist-bitingly awful gaffes, but that’s precisely what makes the programme such an addictive watch.

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15 image sources for your next presentation

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If you want to make your presentation more visually appealing — and go beyond the standard Microsoft clip art — there are many online libraries of free and paid images available.

Knowing what you can and can’t use however can sometimes cause confusion, so here are some pointers as well as 15 sources for both paid and free images to help make your next presentation stunning (and legal).

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The Apprentice: 5 lessons in first impressions

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The tenth series of The Apprentice kicked off this week, with the usual array of buzzword bingo, bombastic music and talk of “becoming the next big thing” in business. Despite the artificial context and editing, it’s interesting to see how the candidates tackle a real-life challenge: making a good first impression that sticks (in the right way).

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Choose your language wisely when presenting (very wisely)

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My grandmother has a set number of stories that cycle ‘round like the seasons; lots of grandmothers do it, and I’m glad that, at 92, she’s as prolific as ever.

One of the stories involves a version of “The House That Jack Built” but recited as formally as possible. She’s always said that her father used to recite it to her. It’s called “The Domiciliary Abode Constructed By John,” and it goes something like this…

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