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With this blog I mainly want to inspire you. The posts are based on my experience. It can be a coaching I did, a presentation I have done, a TED talk or another youtube movie I have seen from which you can learn. The posts cover the topics that are very important for me like storytelling, how to deal with stress, body language, how to use PowerPoint, pitching and presenting to the board. The posts are in English or Dutch. As I have been blogging for years on this topic you will see that the oldest posts go way back to 2008 when I started writing articles on this topic. I have transferred all my posts to this website which unfortunately means that I have lost all the comments and reactions which is a pity but hey…you can leave new comments right 😉

In the introduction you ideally answer questions like ‘what is the objective of the presentation’ and ‘why is it important for the audience to listen to that presentation’. In other words ‘what’s in it for the audience ?’… Apart from the opening I advise everyone...

It still amazes me that so many people are convinced that a presentation can only be successful when humor is added. Sure, humor is great but not whatever humor. Let me share with you a coaching I did in June. It was for someone who...

Afgelopen donderdag deed ik een presentatie in Nederland. Ik was de laatste spreker net voor de middag en had heel veel geluk dat er een dagvoorzitter was die ervoor zorgde dat iedereen zich aan de afgesproken tijd hield. De spreker voor mij had al teken...

Today I heard it yet again: these awful minimizing sentences such as ‘today I am going to talk to you a little bit about’ or ‘I will try to explain to you today’. What do you think about ‘Maybe I will go to the next...

This is a rule that I love by Guy Kawasaki. He is a venture capitalist and hears lots and lots of pitches. His advice for a good presentation is the 10 20 30 rule : maximum 10 slides, speak maximum 20 minutes, and use a font (letter...

You can learn a lot from joining Toasmasters and this is a video of a Toastmaster champion I love it. You cannot watch his whole speech so if you like it like I did, you will regret that the video stops. Because he uses a...

Last friday I went to an interesting event for speakers. I listened to 3 presentations, all of them experienced speakers. On my way home I thought of these presentations and I specifically thought of what I remembered from them. Because ultimately this is the effect...

August 24th 2007 I read an article in the Conference Special of Management Team. And I quote : ‘Twenty years of PowerPoint is no reason to party. Even Robert Gaskins, the creator of the program, had an ambivalent feeling on that birthday. Lots of business people have stopped...

Last wednesday I gave a training to a company and one of the participants struggeld with his eye contact. In his first excercise he looked at only 1 or 2 people in the audience and the rest was ‘neglected’. In his second exercise I asked...

I recently attended a debate on gender and leadership. Before the debate there were 3 presentations  on that same topic. One of the speakers explained about the 4 different types of leadership. She could have explained it merely in a ‘theoretical’ way explaining what each style meant...