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For those of you who haven’t been following my illustrious stand up comedy career, I’ve been trying out my skills at my local open-mic nights. With my background in public speaking and inherent hilarity, what could possibly go wrong? Honestly, I’ve had a blast with the performances I’ve given so far, with the highlight being…

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Data presentation done well can empower decision makers to visualise and understand difficult concepts or relationships, or to identify new patterns for actionable insights. Done poorly, it can muddle and confuse, or even worse, lead to poor decisions based on your good data. Well-designed data visuals are concise, clean, and focused on the audience. This…

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As the workforce becomes more and more specialised, team-based projects have become crucial to running an efficient business. If you’ve ever been in a project team, then you’re probably already laughing at the word ‘efficient’. Most people’s experiences would include insufficient resources, unrealistic deadlines and a chaotic schedule that leaves them wondering just what’s going…

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Data is an important part of any business, forming the basis of effective decision-making. To make this a reality though, the information needs to not just get to the decision-makers, but they need to understand what it means. So how do you avoid bombarding your audience with facts and figures, leaving them stunned and without…

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We’ve all been on the receiving end of a terrible presentation. Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on what’s wrong with. Often though, a poor presenter will go as far as to point out why their presentation is sub-par. When you’re making the presentation, how can you avoid these pitfalls? What phrases destroy your…

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In mid 2017 I found myself on a stage in a Public Speaking Contest final. I was one of 7 contestants from a membership of over 3500. I had won this same contest at the three levels beforehand and this was only the fourth time I would present these seven minutes on stage. From here…

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