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Does PowerPoint make us stupid?

Presentations multiplied in the 80s, when we moved from a system with a single decision maker – the manager, the director – to an organization where several people had to agree in order to move forward – the management committee, the task force, the commission…35 years later, PowerPoint has become indispensible and nearly 500 million…

Trends in slide design

When we start to tackle slides we don’t always have a graphic designer on hand. Moreover, beyond the fundamentals of the layout, trends in slide design have evolved as quickly as fashion. And it becomes difficult to navigate between what will become “trendy” and what is already “has been.” So there is plenty to do…

The speaker’s healthy living hygiene

Public speaking is as physical as it is cerebral. If the exercise requires good mental preparation and concentration, it also requires the total mobilization of your body. As we have already seen, public speaking is all about confidence. And the more confidence you have, the more efficient you will be in conveying it to your…

Change is all the time!

Ideas are hard to sell because they change the order of things. And the more your ideas will be innovative, the more they will challenge habits and demand more effort and teaching to generate support. The ability to accept change often fuels the clash between the old and the new. But the defense of a…

Are spelling mistakes a serious problem?

Having let slip between these lines some beautiful typos, we thought it might be interesting to squarely address the question: is it so bad to make mistakes? It will be fun to leave some suspense before answering since the subject often attracts a lot of animosity. Mistakes are obviously an obstacle to effective communication. But,…

How to start a presentation?

Before the start of a presentation, there’s always a moment of hesitation. The audience is beginning to get settled. Generally, the first-comers take the time to send a few emails while the latecomers are still looking for a seat. The murmur of conversations has begun and it’s up to the speaker to get everyone’s attention.…

How to be sincere?

We have already addressed the question “how to gain the audience’s trust?”. Sincerity is one of the three pillars of this trust; because it determines the value that the audience gives to the remarks of the speaker. We are all equipped with a super powerful sincerity detector. When someone addresses us, we can track all…

How to overcome a memory lapse?

Many speakers dread it but ultimately very few have experienced it: a memory lapse! It often happens that we can’t find a word for something we know. This feeling of not being able to connect to the information in our brain is generally very frustrating. But when we’re facing an audience and suddenly have the…

How far is too far?

Reinvent, change, transform… regardless the synonym, the willingness to innovate is in every field of work. Whether we’re talking about the digital field, work organization, production or business development, mobilizing to challenge our routines and search for what is new is a general phenomenon. In this context, it is tempting to present each idea as…