Public Speaking

Video Content Marketing - Using Current Events to Your Advantage

In this week's presentation skills video, I decided not to teach a skill or expression. Instead, I decided to create content that was relevant to a current event, which happens to be the start of a new school year. Video content marketing is as much about being relevant, as it is about educating. This is also a great way to build your brand identity by simply being yourself and speaking to your audience, as if speaking to a friend.

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Improving your class presentation skills can be done at any time, of course. But what better time to start fresh than the beginning of a new school year. Constantly trying to improve yourself, even a little bit at a time, will move you towards achieving bigger and bigger goals. So think about what do you want to improve. It could be your English ability, your writing skills, and of course, your class presentation skills.

With that in mind, let me know what you want to learn to improve your presentation skills. I will do my best to answer and help you out. Thanks always for your support.

How to Start a Presentation: Expression to Introduce Idea, Concept or Opinion [VIDEO]

Here is a presentation expression you can use to start a presentation and introduce an idea, concept or opinion that will help you stand out from other presenters.

What it is

The expression is "In today's society, it's more important than ever to…” and it helps you connect the audience to something they are already aware of, or that is generally common knowledge, to the idea, concept or opinion that you want to present.

Why Use It

It’s ok to start your presentation with a basic introduction, but sometimes you don’t have that much time or you want to do something different to stand out from other presenters.

And being different from other presenters is important in any kind of presentation because your presentation is likely not the only one the audience has heard, or will listen to.

Why it’s effective

When you use an expression like this, it gets the audience to agree with something you are saying. And when they agree with you, it’s easier for them to listen to what you have to say afterwards.

Think of it as warming up before you do an activity. It’s a lot easier and safer than just jumping right in.

And it should be pretty obvious to the audience what will come next in your presentation because you’ve already introduced the bigger picture to them.


  • "In today's society, it's more important than ever to have skills in various areas if you want to advance your career."
  • "In today's society, it's more important than ever to spend some time in nature if you want to stay healthy."
  • "In today's society, it's more important than ever to have strong presentation skills."

So that’s how you can start a presentation and introduce an idea, concept or opinion. Hope that helps and let me know if you have any questions or comments.


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Awesome Presentation Websites I Recommend [VIDEO]

This post was originally published on my presentations site: In this video you will learn about two of my favourite presentations sites… there are certainly others, and I will get to those in a future video. But this time, I want to tell you about Charles Greene III, the Presentation Magician, and Craig Hadden of Remote Possibilities. I’ve known both these gentlemen for a number of years and although they live on different sides of the earth, they share in common a passion for presentations and sharing their knowledge.

The Presentation Magician

I don’t remember the exact details of how Charles and I met, but I think he asked me about Edutige microphones several years back. Since that time, we’ve become friends and like emailing each other with stories of what we’re doing, our children and about what camera gear we want to get.

Charles lives in Washington, DC and is not only a professional presenter, but he’s also a real magician! How cool is that, right?

Anyway, Charles is an awesome teacher. His style is very laid back but chock full of useful hints. And he makes it very simple to understand and use what he teaches. Definitely watch his videos and read his tips on his YouTube Channel and website,

Remote Possibilities

For whatever reason, I have a clearer memory of meeting Craig because I did a Skype interview with him several years ago after he had posted a comment on my website (or maybe it was my YouTube Channel?). Craig’s website is full of practical advice and all the information is well-laid out and easy to understand.

The cool thing about Craig’s posts is that he always has practical examples and references some of the more famous presentations experts to support his ideas.

I highly recommend checking out both Charles and Craig’s websites, and Charles’ YouTube Channel. I’m sure you’ll come away impressed.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you.

How to better express yourself when giving a presentation [VIDEO]

Learning to give a presentation effectively takes time and practice. And one thing that is difficult is learning to express yourself when giving a presentation. What I mean by expressing yourself it is being able to use the English language in a simple, clear and effective way that will help you communicating the message of your presentation. So what I recommend is heading over to the library, or your bookshelf, and start reading more.

Why reading works

I believe that the more you read, the more exposure you will have to how authors can only use words to express their feelings and messages; as a result, this will help you to express yourself better. This will not only benefit you when giving a presentation, but will also help you in your daily communications, whether personally or professionally.

Types of reading

Almost anything is good, however, fiction is what I would recommend because of the storytelling. So anything from children's books, to comic books and everything in between are a good source of learning that will help you improve your presentation skills.

But don't plagiarize

Whatever you read and learn will surely benefit your presentations, but just be sure not to plagiarize. If you must use something from a book you read, be sure to properly credit the author. The best thing to do is to take what you have read and somehow make it your own when preparing your presentations.

Hope that helps you and also gets you reading more.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Learn how to present your ideas clearly here.

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How to Present Your Ideas Clearly - A 3 Step Process [VIDEO]

How to Present Your Ideas Clearly - A 3 Step Process

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When you give a presentation, it is very different for your audience than when they are trying to learn something by reading about it. When someone reads something and they don't understand, they can re-read until they understand; however, that is impossible when they are listening to your presentation. They cannot ask you to go back and repeat the presentation, nor can you go back and repeat what you just said. So it is important to present your ideas and thoughts as clearly as possible during your presentation. This video will give you a three step process to learn how to present her ideas clearly.

The 3 step process to present your ideas clearly

Step 1: Watch your language

The first thing you must do is use language and vocabulary that your audience can understand. That means the simpler the vocabulary and language you use, the better.

Step 2: Talk like a person

The second thing you should do is to write your presentation in a conversational way because that will make it easier for your audience to understand what you are saying. Your presentation is not a textbook and therefore, shouldn't sound like a textbook or something highly academic.

Step 3: Find a guinea pig

The last thing you should do is find someone to present your presentation to who is not familiar with your topic. This will help you figure out whether or not your presentation can be easily understood. A child or a grandparent can be a very good person to give a presentation to, and will force you to read evaluate your presentation based on the previous two steps.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this topic or other presentation skills topics.


Carl Kwan


Top 3 Worst Things That Could Happen During Your Presentation [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn about the top 3 worst things that could happen during your presentation and what to do to overcome them. Everyone that has given a presentation has had at least one bad experience. Unfortunately, some people have more than that! This video will go over the top 3 things that could go wrong during a presentation and more importantly, you’ll learn what to do if one of those 3 things happens to you.

3. Audience is bored and/or sleeping

This happens to many people, and you may have been one of those board or sleeping audience members.

How to overcome it:

  • Engage the audience from the start.
  • Talk about what the audience wants to hear.
  • Disrupt the audience with the breaks, such as questions, Videos, or pictures that re-captures the audience’s attention.

2. Presentation slides are messed up

This could be because of technical difficulties or human error. In any case you cannot use your PowerPoint slides during your presentation.

How to overcome it:

  • Have a backup PDF files or handouts.
  • Use your own laptop to play presentation.
  • Carry-on without any slides; shows confidence.

1. Forgetting what to say

Forgetting what to say is a big one and is also a big fear for many people.

How to overcome it:

  • Stay calm because the audience doesn't know that you forgot; continue as if nothing happened.
  • Use signposts or markers in your presentation slides to help with your memory.
  • Create an acronym with your presentation content; will help memory and will help audience to remember.
Hope you found that helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Presentation Skills - What to do with little time but lots to cover in your presentation [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn what to do if you have a short amount of time to give a presentation and have a lot of information that you want to include. One of the most common problems when it comes to preparing a presentation is choosing what content to include and what to… GASP… leave out! You can't imagine how many times I have heard the question, "I have a lot of things to say in my presentation but I only have a short amount of time. What should I do?" Usually this question is asked in a bit of a panic together with stress because the person doesn't know what information from their topic is most important for their presentation. So here is what to do...

Choose based on importance to audience

Your presentation content may all be important to you, but it is not all important to your particular audience. So, the first thing you must do when choosing what presentation content to include is to know what what information or content would be most important for your audience to know. This means understanding who your audience is and looking at your presentation from their perspective.

The danger of including all the information in your presentation

The second thing to understand is that talking about many topics in your presentation in a short amount of time is actually a bad thing. The reason is because you will likely have to rush through, for example, five or six topics and not really go into detail about each one. The result is your audience will not get enough information, and may also feel like they don't know what just happened in your presentation.

Less is more

So what you should do is think about the one or two, or possibly three things, that are most critical to your audience's understanding of the topic. Then what you can do is speak in more detail about each of those things. If you can only talk about one thing, that would be ideal, because you will have plenty of time to go more deeply into that topic.

What will happen

The result of talking in more detail about fewer topics in your presentation, and topics that your audience is genuinely interested in, is that your presentation will be much more engaging and interesting and memorable for your audience. And that is the reason why talking about less topics in your presentation is more beneficial than trying to cover everything when you only have a short period of time to give your presentation. Hopefully that helps you. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section below.

Thank you.

How to say thank you at the end of a presentation in a cool way [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn how to say thank you at the end of a presentation in a cool way. This might seem like something simple because you could end your presentation by just saying thank you, right? Yes and no. Yes, because you can end almost every presentation by saying thank you and walking away. No, because that’s not cool and you can try to make your thank you a memorable part of your presentation.

What people remember

Generally speaking, and from some research done by someone much smarter than me, it is said that people tend to remember the beginning of something and the ending of something more so than the events that happened in between.

Based on that, the beginning of your presentation and the ending of your presentation are very important because those are the parts most people will remember the best. And one of the best ways to end your presentation, just before you say thank you, is to give your audience a call-to-action.

What’s a call-to-action?

A call-to-action is something that instructs the audience to act. This is very common in advertising and especially in infomercials. You often hear the host telling you it’s time to buy, or call, do something about your snoring by clicking the button. I’m sure you’ve heard a call-to-action many, many times.

How to use a call-to-action to end a presentation in cool way

So you’re going to use a call-to-action together with thank you, and if we use my motivation example from last time, your ending would sound something like this:

“You guys have now learned a lot about motivation. So I want you to think about what motivates you. What are you most passionate about? What will you be able to find that can motivate you to do something with your life? Thanks for listening."

And then you just... WALK OFF THE STAGE!

Why ending your presentation like this works and is cool

  • First, you’re connecting the ending of your presentation with your topic, which will help your audience remember what they just listened to.
  • Second, you’re giving them a call-to-action, which engages your audience and again, helps them remember your presentation.
  • And third, you are using an old trick that many comedians use, and that’s to suddenly end your presentation when your audience isn’t exactly expecting you to end your presentation. That bit of surprise also makes your presentation memorable, because remember when I said that people remember the beginning of something and the ending of something? Well, that’s what suddenly ending your presentation does.

So when you are preparing your presentation content and you’re wondering how to say thank you, be sure to include a call-to-action and just quickly end when people least expect it.


(Like that! Hehe)

Presentation Expression - Using a Story to Start a Presentation [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn a presentation expression that will show you how to start your presentation with a story, and you will also learn a second expression to show you how to transition from your presentation story to your presentation. It’s a jam packed video! But hopefully, you learn how to start your presentation with a story and try it in your next presentation.

Why a story?

Starting a presentation with a story is a great way to engage your audience. Learning how to get your audience’s attention and engaging them is usually a hard thing to do. Telling a story at the start of your presentation gets the audience’s attention as they may not realise it’s a part of your presentation. They think it is just “story time" so they pay attention to you! Nice, huh?

Who is this for?

This presentation expression is great for any presentation, especially if you are in school or for business, too. School presentations tend to be the same… Well, for that matter, so are most business presentations. The point is if you need to give a presentation and you want to start your presentation well and get your audience’s attention, then you should learn how to start your presentation with story.

What is the expression to start the presentation?

This is actually a pretty simple and well known English expression that is used when we want to explain something before talking about our main point. What we say is, “Before I get started, let me tell you about…,” or we can say, “Before I get started, I want to tell you about…,”

Your audience will know that you have something you want to talk about without realising it is actually a part of your presentation. Sneaky and effective!

How to transition back to the presentation

Once you have finished your story, you need to connect what your story was about with your presentation. It’s important that you planned and prepared your story to match your presentation topic or content, or else this won’t work!

Anyway, what you say after your story is, “And that’s when I realised…,"

“And that’s when I realised…,” is something you say when you discover something, so your presentation topic must be about something you discovered or realised.

How to use it

Here is the example from the video… If my presentation topic is about motivation, then I could say:

“Before I get started, I want to talk about how much my son enjoys playing with dominoes (he really does!). He can spend all day playing with his dominoes, lining them up and knocking them down, making all kinds of designs… all day long because he loves it so much."

Then I transition by saying, “And that’s when I realised that motivation is related to playfulness and passion."

Pretty cool, right!?

So I hope you now have an understanding of how to use a story to start a presentation. This can be for a school or work presentation. It really doesn’t matter. The important thing is preparing your story and figuring out how to connect your story with your presentation topic or content.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Presentation Content - What to do if you’re stuck [VIDEO]

Presentation content is the stuff that you actually talk about in your presentation. Presentation content is directly related to the presentation topic, of course. But choosing presentation content seems to be a bit of a problem for many people. Understandably it’s not always easy to figure what to include in your presentation content because you don’t want to leave anything out, or put in too much. So I’ve got some tips for you to help you choose your presentation content when you’re stuck that I hope you’ll find helpful.

First, why are you giving the presentation?

You need to clearly understand the reason why the presentation is being given. What’s the purpose of your presentation? This seems like an obvious answer… because you have to, right?

But in all seriousness, you need to clearly understand what your presentation is supposed to do, or what it’s purpose is. For example, maybe it’s:

  1. Showing knowledge about a particular topic because it’s an assignment for class or work
  2. Presenting an idea to a group of peers because you have to help them learn something
  3. Pitching a business, product or service to potential customers or investors because you need to raise funds for your company

Second, “It’s about them, not you!"

This second one is more like 1A, than number 2 because who your audience is and what they care about almost completely determines what your presentation content should be. This seems totally obvious but it’s something that both experienced and inexperienced presenters struggle with, or completely lose sight of on a regular basis.

For example, someone recently asked me on YouTube what are the four most important aspects of social media that she should talk about in her presentation. And that was all she told me. To her, it seems like a simple question… and it could be, but without any knowledge of her audience there is no way I could give her an appropriate answer.

Imagine if her audience was made up of senior citizens and the purpose of her presentation was to teach them how to use social media to stay connected with family. And if I told her to talk about four things that were related to using mobile video for content marketing, would that work? Definitely not! The audience in this case wouldn’t know what was going on and would probably wonder if they were in the right presentation.

So when choosing presentation content, put yourself in the shoes of the audience and ask, “Why should I care?” And constantly remind yourself that it’s about them, not you.

My friend Craig Hadden over at Remote Possibilities has a great post about this topic that you should check out: Secret #8 of star presenters: Christopher Witt on “What’s in it for me?”

Third, start learning about your audience early on

One of the biggest mistakes presenters make is not getting started early preparing their presentation. In particular, you need to spend time understanding your presentation’s true purpose and who your audience is. You may assume that you know, but you may change your opinion after giving this some thought.

The worst thing that could happen, and I’ve seen this more than a few times, is you could get far into your preparing your presentation content before realizing your content is totally wrong for your audience. At least you can fix it. The absolute worst thing is not knowing and giving the presentation with content that’s totally wrong for the audience. Epic. Failure.

Let me know your thoughts on preparing presentation content. What do you do? What have you experienced?