Posts Tagged ‘presentations’

School’s Out!

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Paolo’s Sunday School of Speaking is out for the summer. I know, I know   ………. it was only in session for a week – but geez! I’ve got a Xerox Great Presentations! Seminar this week, a speech script to finish, and a new client proposal to pitch – gimme a break. What do you think hookers do on their nights off? They sew! So tomorrow’s post will be a rerun of one of my favorites: “No Lack of Characters”. I know you’ll enjoy it.

Or you can read all the nice things my clients have said about me @ https://presentationsunplugged.com/blog/blogclientquotes.html (Cut & Paste into your browser’s Search Box). Most of them are true.

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Don’t BORE Audiences to Death

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

PRESENTERS are KILLERS!

Death by Powerpoint? Naw…Powerpoint may be one weapon – but the KILLER is the PRESENTER. And Presenters have an ARSENAL of weapons: dull data dumps, going on way too long, speaking like they’re ordering parts for their furnace, showing the audience their best side by talking to the screen, putting up dumb Dilbert cartoons, checking their humanness at the door with their coats, hiding behind the podium, babbling pointless, irrelevant horsecrap, talking techie….need I go on? I know I don’t have to because YOU are an EXPERT at dull presentations – you’ve listened to enough of them, haven’t you?

WEAPONS OF MASS DISINTEREST. You are clobbered with them every time some dullard lights up the screen with visuals he hopes will do HIS job. You HATE WMD’s!

AND WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN TO PRESENT, YOU STILL THROW UP EVERY DAMN ONE OF THEM. Right?

If you want to be a GREAT PRESENTER, you must be distinctively different in a professional way. How can you do that? That’s what we’ll be talking about each week in my Sunday School of Speaking – The Church of Better Day Talks.

For now, a good start will be from my website, PresentationsUnplugged.com Just Copy & Paste https://presentationsunplugged.com/blog/blogformula.html into your browser’s Search Box. Here you’ll see three ‘Emergency’ ideas for a Great Presentation:

1. Slash the Details like a Drunken Pirate.

2. Memorize a strong 30 second Opening.

3. Speak Twice as Loud as You Think You Should.

And next week, I’d appreciate it if you came to my Church dressed a little better. Thank you.

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Tomorrow: Al Roker Drives Me Nuts!

Paolo’s SUNDAY SCHOOL of SPEAKING

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

My friends were being transparently diplomat.

“Of course the nation NEEDS your social commentary, political editorials, and the laughs -BUT you’ve been a top Business Presentation consultant for over 25-years. Don’t you think your Blog readers (now usually between 100 and 200 readers EVERY DAY -thankyouverymuch) DESERVE a bit of that expertise for putting up with you?”

So OK. Let’s run this for a month and see how it goes. EVERY SUNDAY for at least 4-weeks, I will devote a blog post to making you a Great Presenter. You will learn things about Presentations that you’ll NEVER learn in Speech 101, Dale Carnegie, or Toastmasters. I focus on Presentations by Actual Human Beings – hence the name of my website: PresentationsUnplugged.com. There’s a link to the right under Blogroll. Give a visit if you haven’t been there.

Top corporate executives pay about $300/hour for my services. Of course they get the advantage of a personal videotape analysis of their presentation styles, ME – charmingly in person, and we do it all in the comfort and privacy of their own executive suites.What will YOU learn every week? Certainly a lot less than that – BUT some tips to make you a Great Presenter at a price anyone can afford (free). And we’ll have some fun – promise!

Some of the ideas are out of my book, How to Make a Great Presentation in 2-Hours (Lifetime Books, 1993). After two printings, the book is now out of print in this country but it’s being pirated in at least FOUR other countries (BTW – if you can get me a copy of the Chinese edition, I’ll be your friend forever).

Anyway……let’s give it a shot. I know you will learn a lot – have some fun – and become a better presenter. Quite frankly, there’s not a skill you can develop that will advance your career more. LET’S KICK SOME PRESENTATION ASS!

SUNDAY SCHOOL of SPEAKING WEEK I – DON’T BORE THEM TO DEATH!

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Tomorrow – MAFIA CHILI

My Book’s Cover in India

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

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