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 Activia Blog – Presentation Skills & Public Speaking 

 Help and useful hints you can use for any public speaking engagement 

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There are seven main reasons that people would give a presentation or speak in public. This article looks at each one, and how you need to make allowances for differences, and then gives hints for each one.
Image for John Boddington John Boddington
Aug 11, 2018
Presenting to an audience has never come naturally to me. I used to dread it. Then I learned how to prepare well and started to enjoy it a little more. But only with a lot of time and practice have I gotten to the point where I can confidently engage an audience.

That’s why I really admire – and try to learn from – presenters who are naturally gifted.

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to attend a talk...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Apr 12, 2018
We’ve all been in the room – or worse, been the one presenting – at a public speaking disaster. The kind that makes the audience cringe, fall asleep, or maybe even walk out of the room. And it’s not fun. For anyone.

Experiences like these can make you fearful of public speaking and giving presentations. It can dent your confidence, which can make any weakness in your speaking skills even more pronounced...
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
Dec 07, 2017
Do you get horribly nervous before a big presentation or occasion where you have to speak in public? You're not alone - but the good news is, there's plenty you can do to calm those nerves and deliver a fantastic speech. Read on for our 5 top tips to get you on the best form of your life!
Image for Ashley Andrews Ashley Andrews
May 16, 2017
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You're in the middle of an important presentation that you've worked hard on when suddenly it dawns on you that your audience are all staring at their phones or the ceiling. You've lost them! But don't worry, you can still turn this round. Read on for our presentation-saving hacks...
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May 03, 2017
You have probably noticed that the ending is one of the most memorable and most important parts of a film. The same can be said for a book, something which J.K Rowling certainly exemplified with her simple ‘all was well’ ending that still lingers in the me...
Image for Ashley Andrews by Ashley Andrews,
Sep 15, 2015
When it comes to preparing for a presentation, one of the most challenging tasks you will have to face is remembering your material. After all, you can’t keep looking at your notes all the time when you’re speaking in front of an audience. However, constan...
Image for Ashley Andrews by Ashley Andrews,
Sep 08, 2015
Although very few people realise just how much their voice conveys when they speak, just with the right emphasis or an alteration in tone, it’s possible to change the meaning of a sentence entirely.

There are some people who can use their voice to their be...
Image for Ashley Andrews by Ashley Andrews,
Sep 02, 2015
One of the most important components of a successful presentation is making the right impression on your audience. This includes things like being punctual, well-prepared and organised, dressing well and speaking well. However, even if you get all these things...
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Aug 27, 2015
The goal of any business presentation is to grab the attention of the audience and keep them engaged throughout the speech. However, it’s not always as easy as it sounds. If the crowd isn’t engaged with the things you are saying or if they aren’t paying ...
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Aug 25, 2015
Interview presentations are possibly the most important parts of the recruitment process, and they can cause your application to succeed or fail, depending on how you present your material. There are many young hopefuls, straight out of universities, who seem ...
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Aug 21, 2015
When you land a job interview, you have plenty of reasons to rejoice. You’ve probably been selected from amongst a pool of hundreds of candidates, after all. However, you soon realise that the most difficult phase of the recruitment process is still ahead of...
Image for Ashley Andrews by Ashley Andrews,
Aug 19, 2015
Undoubtedly, the most difficult part of any presentation is its beginning. The very first words you say will determine what the audience’s reaction will be to the information you present. In many ways, the introduction becomes the foundation on which you can...
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Aug 17, 2015
Although it may sound like a cliché, first impressions do matter – especially in a business setting. Every great presenter knows how important it is to make a positive first impression. While your audience will judge your presentation based on what you are ...
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Aug 13, 2015

If you’ve been successful in getting to the final job interview stage, there is a distinct possibility that you will need to deliver a presentation to your potential employers. In such cases, you’ ...
by Ashley Andrews, Aug 11, 2015

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous before speaking in public. After all, it is an experience that is generally out of ordinary. In our everyday lives we are not in the habit of holding forth to l ...
by John Boddington, Jun 17, 2015

Winning Business with the Right Presentation Skills
Throughout life, many of us will take every opportunity to avoid being in the spotlight. Who wants to be picked first to read out loud at sch ...
by Jordan James, May 27, 2015

The idea of giving a presentation can be a daunting one, especially when the question of winning new business depends on it.
It is, after all, an unusual experience to have people who you do no ...
by Jordan James, May 20, 2015

However good your presentation skills are, they will be of only limited use if the presentation itself is not up to scratch. A bad presentation given by a good presenter is like a great actor playing ...
by John Boddington, Apr 29, 2015

Ten years ago, while working for a company that provided training on how to build an IT career (such as becoming a programmer), the company arranged a series of presentations that I was to give at sec ...
by John Boddington, Oct 15, 2014

A friend of mine recently recommended a nearby police officer ask me for some friendly advice on how to speak publicly using a translator. The people officer (let's call her Lindsay) had to go in and ...
by John Boddington, Sep 24, 2014

Many years ago, while studying cross-cultural communication, we were taught things that I have remembered to this day. I have never forgotten the statistic that 7% of communication is verbal, and that ...
by John Boddington, Sep 10, 2014

Much of the public speaking that I did in my 20s was in Africa. I was part of a team that did community building. We would travel to different places across the continent where targets had been identi ...
by John Boddington, Aug 14, 2014

A few years ago, while visiting friends for the weekend, I accepted their invitation to go with them to church on the Sunday morning. It came time for the main sermon, and the pastor was really entert ...
by John Boddington, Jul 31, 2014

When I was just out of university, I was lucky enough to attend public speaker training while sharing a house with many of the other people on the course. While the course produced different results f ...
by John Boddington, Jul 25, 2014

In 2002, actor Russell Crowe created a media storm by accosting the director of the BAFTA Awards ceremony after his acceptance speech on the night had been edited when televised. Many people felt that ...
by John Boddington, Jul 11, 2014

Prepare for Your Presentation in Advance
Many years ago, while running a sales team that was often going out to do presentations to clients, I used to always get new salespeople to deliver thei ...
by John Boddington, Jun 08, 2014

First impression counts
Have you ever seen a presentation, or a speech, that you have never forgotten? I have seen literally hundreds, if not thousands, of “talks” in my life. Many were in ...
by John Boddington, Apr 11, 2014

The world has recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr’s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech.
So, with all the televised coverage of it, ...
by John Boddington, Sep 24, 2013

Believe It Or Not, They’re Very Similar
What do public speakers and presenters have in common? Well, in the first instance, they face the same challenges. Overcoming ‘stage fright,’ pitch ...
by Philip Andrews, Jul 03, 2013

Some people enjoy, even love, delivering presentations. I was not always one of them. Like me when I was younger, many people get incredibly nervous and absolutely hate delivering them.
When I ...
by John Boddington, Aug 20, 2012

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