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Tips to present better

If you want to improve your ability to create powerful business presentations you have to master three aspects: preparation, design and delivery. In these articles I'll show you how.

What's the secret to the perfect investor pitch?

I’ve come across this study on Science of People a while ago where they analysed all 495 episodes of Shark Tank, the TV programme where entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas to investors and ask for funding. 

Out of the 495 pitches, 253...

One of the best ways to create effective slides from a visual perspective is to include only one idea per slide. One idea per slide, that’s it.

If you follow this approach, the probability of your audience being distracted goes down dramatically.

Take your last presentation. If there's too much...

How can you communicate anything to anyone? In particular, how can you communicate science (or technical or complex topics) to a general audience? Let's answer this question by looking at how Neil deGrasse Tyson does it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a scientist who studies stars, galaxies and the universe in...

Why do business people speak like idiots? 

It’s not me saying this, it’s Brain Fugere in his excellent book Why Business People Speak Like Idiots. If you think about it, he’s not wrong at all. In companies of all kinds (especially in big corporates) people often use an abstract language....

The first fifteen seconds of a presentation: why they are important and how to make the most of them.

Neuroscientists who study what we call "first impressions" say that in many contexts – not just in presentations – we tend to judge the people we meet rather quickly.

Take students,...

Have you heard about the story of Warren Buffett speaking at Columbia University in 2009? If you haven’t, let me tell you.

In 2009, he gave a lecture to the students at Columbia University where he said he would be willing to invest $100,000 per student in return for 10%...