Friday 26 April 2019

THE READY BUSINESS PODCAST: ‘Step away from the Powerpoint’, learn the top tips to successful presenting

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On this week's show, Brian Purcell gets a masterclass in public speaking and presenting from Barbara Moynihan of

From the bank to a kibbutz, Barbara Moynihan’s path to entrepreneurship has been a long and winding one but she found her passion training people in high impact presentations. She calls herself an ‘enforced entrepreneur’ after the recession saw her lose her job and she struck out on her own with, a presentation training company.

So, how to keep your audience engaged and avoid death by Powerpoint?

“Firstly, step away from the Powerpoint,” she says. “It’s just the visual aid and the accessory to what you want to say. Don’t use slides as a crutch. Get your messaging right – who is your audience, what’s the purpose of the presentation and how to structure your message? Only now do you get your visual aids to feed into your messaging.”

And remember, no more than two slides per minute and no more than seven words per slide.

"A good presentation should be like a miniskirt,” Barbara explains. “Long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to keep it interesting. You don’t have to be the Steve Jobs of public speaking. You just need to be good enough to get your message across."

“You’re not on Strictly Come Dancing, the audience are there to get information not to give you a score. Use a more conversational tone, look to bring the audience in and be yourself.”

Check out Barbara's tips for success below:

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