Day 16 of F.O.O.D. – online presentations are always smoother when you’ve SIEVED the ingredients!

For day 16 of my F.O.O.D. Advent Calendar I’m thinking about online presentations you may need to make. Don’t let yours be full of lumps and bumps instead use my SIEVED technique!

Structure – think beginning, middle and end, like the news – tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them and then tell them what you’ve told them.

What’s going to create interaction on either an emotional or physical level? A personal story? What can you get them to do to demonstrate the point you’re raising? Use polls, quizzes etc to make it more interesting

If you don’t show energy and passion for what you’re doing, why should others! Check out your energy level by recording yourself and giving yourself some critique!

Warm up your voice with some exercises before you get online. eg Peter Piper gets your mouth moving!!

I often hear people saying how difficult it is to engage online. Think of technology as just another medium. Let your personality shine through as if you were face to face. Lean forward and look into the camera, sit back and listen so that you can then take in the whole screen.

Finally remove any distractions for your audience. If in doubt, have a plain wall behind you.


X is for ….

It’s the end of November already and we’re on count down for Christmas, but I’m not going to be using this newsletter as X is for Xmas.  Instead I’m going to talk about the X factor.  Not the programme, but what I think gives people the X factor, ie that noteworthy special talent or quality.


For me, the X factor is all about the way people show up.  And by that, I mean their attitude, how they engage with others, listen without judgement and be in the moment.  When people connect in this way they bring about an energy and interest that makes people feel valued and special.  And when people feel valued and special, Continue reading

Q is for Questions

pictures 1I’ve chosen Q is for Questions because not so long ago I had a conversation with one of my clients who was a little frustrated that his team hadn’t asked questions at the end of a presentation.  He was concerned that the absence of questioning may have been perceived as a lack of interest on their part and wanted to find ways to help them develop for future sessions.

There are a number of reasons why we don’t speak up at meetings, some of which might be because: Continue reading