How Do You Know You’ve Been Listening To A Good Presentation? How Do You Know You Have Given One?

How do you know what a good presentation looks like, sounds like and works?
Few of us were born with the skills to speak on stage, I know I wasn’t. So, you have sat through a 40 or 60 second network pitch: A 20 minute story or a 45 minute keynote. What can you do to take lessons from it and then improve it for yourself?

I have been using a system which has served me well for six months now.

What Did I Like?
What Would I Change?
What Do I Remember?

When you’re listening to a presentation is it possible to make a note.

What did I like?

  • 2 mins: Liked the way the speaker began the presentation with a question (ex)
  • ·8 mins: Liked the way the speaker paused and looked around the room.

What would I change?

  • At the beginning, the speaker didn’t welcome the audience, make sure I do this
  • 6 mins: I would not have put my hands in my pocket
  • 10 mins: I would have given a call to action here.

What do I remember?

  •  I remember that the speaker talked about the influence his mother had on his early choices and the lesson he attached to the story
  • I remember the strapline the speaker used to close the presentation
  • I remember the speaker smiled as she walked off the stage.

If you follow these steps it will go a long way towards answering some of the questions you may have.

  • ]Why am I still anxious? Why am I still having trouble talking about my service? What can I do about it
  • The three questions you ask yourself will go a long way towards helping you understand what a good presentation looks and sounds like. For more help on making memorable presentations Click on the links on the site.


Who are the 3 Most Influential People in Your Business Life?

# 1. Peter Thomson: The story of Peter Thomson is one of success – trauma – success. A story of taking the information he already knew and creating systems to generate success from success.

  • Peter takes you through how to write a ‘Tips sheet’ and then expand it into an eBook, of some 2,000 words, for capturing emails and credibility. But it doesn’t end there, with just a little more work that eBook can become an 80 page soft back book, complete with cover and ISBN for sale on the online and offline market.
  • But that’s not all, using the formula Peter goes deep into on his Achievers Club program. Your eBooks become a hard back book of 200 pages for real credibility and as a professional business card.
  • Peter has a series of workshops which take last up to eight hours in all and delivers it without notes (or non I can see anyway). The room is always full. and the content is aimed towards the exact result he promises in his marketing and at a price of less than £70 it is one of the most effective workshops. I recommend it most.

#2  Chris Marr: The first time I saw and listened to Chris Marr I’ll hold my hand up and say that only a small part of his content was going in. I was spellbound by his delivery. Inspired by his ability to talk as if the session was being delivered with a cup of coffee at the local (enter the name of your favourite coffee house).

  • Chris has gathered together a family of service providers and specialists, around him to offer one of the most prolific groups of information and content savvy, people where sharing is a vital element in their reason for being.
  • The CMA group – Content Marketing Academy has run a succession of two-day events, gathering together experts, from the UK and the USA, to deliver top quality content and advice, on creating websites that take 70% of the sales decisions out of your hands.  Buyers are given the information they need to make a choice before they have even spoken to you.
  • Chris is the first business owner I have seen sell tickets to his 2018 event...12 months before it is due to begin...And have the tickets snapped up.


  • # 3. Linda LeMay: The most influential teacher I have ever had in my life. Yet, she has not received teacher training in the conventional sense of the word. I first met Linda in 1964 through pen friend air mail letters for four years before actually meeting her.

It was Linda who:

  • ·  Introduced me to Ayn Rand and ‘Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged’. These books have played a part in my own sense of responsibility – something I haven’t always lived up to – but a philosophy which made absolute sense to me as the British economy was being destroyed by corrupt and lazy politicians, the unions and left wing teachers.
  • Enabled me to have the honour of meeting people of the Lakota nation where I spoke to, danced with and ate with amazing people. It was this event which saw me, a committed agnostic, to shed tears when a Lakota woman led a prayer to Waken Tanka around a ceremonial fire. My spiritual path continues to follow its own direction but that one event had a profound effect on my life
  • Was the driver behind my recent experience of nursing a pipistrelle bat through the night while waiting for the RSPCA to transport it to a vet. 16 years ago, an injured bat would have barely registered on my radar. I changed when I visited Linda in 2007 and experienced the connection she had fostered with the birds, the deer, the geese and any injured creature she came across in her garden. and on her daily two mile walks around the block with Chloe a beautiful Husky.

There have, of course, been many people who have affected my life and coloured my actions and inactions, not least my three daughters Cara, Naima and Lydia along with Rhoda, Estelle, Toni and Anna. My grandmother, mother and father.
All of these people shaped the man I am now but the three named will continue to shape the man I will become.

Workshops! What The Hell Am I Doing Them For? I’ll Never Make a Go of Them?

Workshops! What The Hell Am I Doing Them For? I’ll Never Make a Go of Them?              Have you ever heard yourself saying that?

It was a grey, lifeless afternoon as I sat at the computer writing copy for the next workshop I was running, and trying to increase the interest at least, in taking up the chance to attend a one-day workshop.
Have you ever had a day like that?

What’s the issue?

‘Turn Up – Stand Up – Speak Up’ is where business owners and networkers who have sleepless nights, and anxiety as their presentation approaches, can receive valuable tips and techniques in how to become more comfortable standing in front of an audience or a camera, and we both know they are out there.

I was searching for some content inspiration when the thought, the ultra-negative thought, came to me. The ‘must be careful what we say to ourselves’ thought flooded over me “What the hell am I doing this for…I’ll never make a go of it!”

I speak. I have presented hundreds of times in my life, to people who have paid or are paid to listen to me. I mentor the people who have problems speaking effectively. I run workshops but then again so do 7,987* other people in the UK, and they have been making an impact for so much longer than I have. I‘ve been in this business for over a year now, and it’s still not easy filling the seats or having a waiting list. There’s just so much to do that today it overwhelmed me. (I blame the eclipse of the Sun).
* Totally made up number, but you know what I mean.

What’s an answer?

Well, if you’ve reached here, and you know me, you can probably say what my next action was, can’t you? A good verbal kick up the backside, tip the hat to all the other speakers and coaches out there and get back to writing the content. Because I know the value of the courses, I’ve run so far.

Why carry on?

 I’ve seen the improvements in the people I have worked with, and the testimonials people who came to the workshop have given, to camera. And I took confidence from seeing that I am making an impact on lives and profits.

I’m not where I want to be yet! There are people charging much higher fees than I am and working with hundreds more people than I am…But that’s now. The work has value, and my job is to find the 10 – 15 people willing to spend the time with me and then the 2 – 3 agreeing to spend more money on the programmes I offer.


What’s the end goal?

The motivation is that others have done similar courses before me, I understand that. But they haven’t put on my course. I have something different to offer a client who wants more than the tips and techniques of standing on the stage. I’m offering the help to get on the stage in the first place, and my options as to how the client faces the audience look into the camera confidently.

Over the coming years, I want to see the people who had those sleepless nights, the sickness and anxiety stand up and make an impact.

I want them to ‘Turn Up: To Stand Up: To Speak Up and why telling their story, life or business will improve their health and their lifestyle.
‘Your Life Is Your Story…do not let it stagnate!’ Ernie Boxall