Memorable Presentations Made Simple…net - Working

Presentations are memorable for two reasons: The right reasons OR the wrong reasons. Work at your networking.

The quote I live by:
"I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself." (Lone Man) Teton Sioux.

Now you’re going to have to allow me pc here and say that in this day and age it’s ‘not enough for a woman to depend simply upon herself’,

Depend: (definition)

To rely for support, maintenance, help, etc. (usually followed by on or upon):

You can use…

I rely on my networking groups to show an interest in me: I depend on people to talk about me to other people: I rely on people for the maintenance of my computer and broadband, my scooter and my travel needs.

In fact…
I’m a speaker and a personal trainer, quite simply I rely upon other people, and my business needs people to rely on me…

BIG Voice:
Everyone says ‘speaking causes me sickness, sleepless nights and anxiety’. No amount of reading ‘How To’ books will change that. At some stage people who need to make an impact, need to have a mentor, a coach or at least a ‘superhero’ they are prepared to follow around the circuit. Everyone knows that more people are going into business today and networking groups are springing up like daisies in May! You need to be memorable for the right reasons.

You see…
When we pay thousands of pounds a year on networking or sending our sales force to present business at trade shows, we should be sure that the speaker is comfortable with facing an audience and confident of making an impact. Again to do this, we need to depend on our own enthusiasm or the dedication of the people we choose to represent us.

‘People won’t remember what you say, as much as what they see when you say it’. Patricia Fripp.

If people will only remember a fraction of what you say, but a huge chunk of how you looked, how you sounded and how you performed when you said it, it makes sense to improve those areas of your presentation. That’s right, isn’t it?

Therefore if you listen to yourself, the words you say and the way you say them it makes sense that your return on the income you’ve spent will improve doesn’t it?


Here are some Tips you should remember:

Turning up, starts way before you walk through the door…

Standing up means just that…stand tall, don’t slouch and don’t put your hands in your pockets…

Speaking up means that everyone in the room deserves to hear you clearly; they need to be inspired, enthused and entertained…

Following up means be respectful of the people who attended the same meeting that you did. SEE MY QUOTE ABOVE.

And so…

If you recognise any of the ‘tips above and feel that your business would benefit from being memorable for the right reasons – come and spend a day with me –and I’ll show you exactly how to get – the ROI you say want.

Go on then...

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How Low Can You Go...before sleeplessness creeps in and waking up through the night takes effect?

Part of my brand has been about telling stories and as a brand making them authentic. Which means being honest with myself as well as the readers. But does that present a special problem for the SME business owner? Does that honesty extend to talking about tough times?

“How are you?” The first question many of us are asked at network meetings by other business owners.

“Fine”, we say “And you?”

“Yes! Good. Talk soon.” And so the conversation goes on.

How many of us have lied?

How many of us have wanted to say that we are close to the bottom line?

How many of us have come very close to pulling the plug and doing…

Doing what?

That is the question I’ve asked myself over the last month as circumstances have accumulated to push the business I’m running close to that bottom line. The question that has caused me to wake up during the night and question where I’m going and how much longer I can keep going.

Everyone knows that when the business starts waking you up and the first question is “How much money have I got left in the bank?” You are in trouble. You know you are in trouble, but the thing is that you know you’ve been here before and even just asking yourself that question means you’re still here. You have survived before.

This is being an entrepreneur, a business owner and the part of business many people not involved in running a business fail to see. It’s why, when the opportunity comes along to sign a major contract, we deserve every penny of that contract within the legal tax limits. But part of the scheme seems to be that we cannot allow anyone to believe we are in tough straits.

I understand the reasons why we do that. Business owners may have empathy for our situation, and many will be in the same boat but does that mean we have to unload on them?

The question we all ask ourselves is perhaps I’d be better off doing something else!

But doing what? What else would I do? What else would you do?

 What do you think? Am I crazy posting this?

If you are in the situation or have been in the situation described above then you will be in an ideal position to pass on your take on how you dealt with, or are dealing with the business ramifications! How honest should we be with our replies to that question:"How are things going?"

This post was instigated by a conversation with business owners who have suffered badly from stress-related mental issues either personally or with a much-loved family member.

Power of Presentations

“The Power of the Presentation”

How much kudos do you pay to presentations? I ask that because on the evening of the 7th June 2017 I sat with the visitors of Leamington Hour to listen to Anna Jackson the Fundraising Co-Ordinator for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

I had spoken to Anna beforehand, but she didn’t want to go too deeply into her presentation for obvious reasons, but she did mention it would be about fundraising for the NHS.

I have worked in the NHS, and I know the millions of pounds that are wasted by the organisation, so I was sceptical about the presentation.

Anna nailed it!

The presentation buzzed. Anna danced her way through 20 minutes of passionate information about raising money for a new midwife-led Birthing Unit at Warwick Hospital. They have the location in a 22-bed ward which can be converted within a year to contain the following:

En-suite rooms for the women in labour.
Two additional water birth pools to add to 2 already being planned.
Temperature and light controls.
A leisure room for families during the day and a room fathers can use if the birth takes place at night when traditionally fathers have to leave the hospital.
Poles situated so that the mothers-to-be could give birth in the squat position which is now apparently favoured.

I do remember the trials my partner and I had at the birth of my middle daughter particularly, with long walks up and down the ward corridors waiting for the birth to begin.  Having to leave my partner soon after birth and the next morning coming into a room that was swelteringly hot with my partner screaming that she wanted to get out.

I’m sure there were more benefits Anna mentioned, but by the end of the presentation I donated my time to help fundraising events and was just about ready to buy the unit for them myself (no I don’t have that kind of money).

It was the power of the presentation, the enthusiasm of the speaker and the ability to speak for 20 minutes without notes.

Have presentations motivated you?