presentation skills

Simple Performance Tip to Give a Good Presentation [VIDEO]

One of the biggest challenges when giving a presentation is overcoming performance anxiety, for lack of a better term. So in this latest presentation tips video, I go over a simple technique that has helped me and that will hopefully, help others improve their presentation skills. Originally posted at:

If you are feeling anxious about giving a presentation or you’re nervous about how you will perform, then this video is for you. Giving a presentation can be thought of as a sort of performance. Think about it… You need to stand in front of a group of people, maintain their attention and hopefully, achieve the result you want.

It’s a performance

Any time you are standing in front of a group of people and talking to them, you are giving a sort of performance. And a performance requires you to play a certain role because you can’t necessarily just be yourself, or just let the content do the talking for you. If you treat the presentation like a performance and you are playing a certain role, it can help make your presentation much more interesting and engaging.

Who are you?

Decide what role or character you need to be when giving your presentation. You can be yourself, but think about adding something unique to this role you’re going to play.

Preparing for your role

A simple way to prepare for your role is to find a person, fictional or a real person, who has the same characteristics you want in your role when you give your presentation. Characters in movies and TV shows are always a good source of inspiration. But be careful not to copy that character. Instead, take what they do and somehow make it your own.

A presentation is a performance. It’s your time to shine. Why not give yourself a chance to do that and stand above everyone else?

Thanks and good luck.

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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How to Start a Presentation - Mistakes to Avoid [VIDEO]

In this video you will learn about how to start a presentation, but rather than what you should do, you will learn about three mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1: Being a Title Teller

Most likely when you give your presentation, the title of your presentation will somehow be announced to your audience. If that is the case, there is no need for you to repeat it.

Many times, I hear people saying, “As you can see, my presentation topic is…” AHHHHHHH!

It’s a waste of time and just isn’t cool. So skip reading your title and just get it on!

It would only be necessary to tell people your presentation title if they for sure don’t know what it is.

Mistake #2: Giving a Laser Show

I hate laser pointers when they are used in a presentation. Period.

They are like a rock that ties the speaker down and doesn’t let him/her move around.

But worst of all, people tend to wave them around… creating a laser show!!!

Your presentation is NOT a laser show so put the thing away.

Mistake #3: Making Excuses

Finally, never make excuses for something that is missing, not working, too long, too short, too fast, too slow, your English ability, the cold you have… whatever it may be, DON’T make excuses.

Your audience will think you are unprepared, which can lead to some undesirable consequences, especially if your presentation is for a business proposal, a major school project or a job you’re trying to land.

Make sure you are well prepared so you can continue no matter what happens.

Hope you now have a good understanding of the mistakes to avoid when starting a presentation.

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.

An Essential Presentation Practice Tip [VIDEO]

This post was originally published at In this video you’ll learn an essential presentation practice tip that will save your presentation from disaster… or at least ensure that your presentation comes off more polished and professional. I’ve also got a couple extra tips that will also help you in practicing your speech or presentation. All of these presentation practice tips will work for students and business people, so make sure you pay attention!


Why sitting is bad

Sitting is one of the absolute worst ways to practice for a presentation… unless you will be delivering your presentation or speech while sitting!

You need to stand so you can simulate what it will feel like to actually give your presentation.

Get out

So what to do if you can’t sit to practice your presentation? Well, quite simply, get out of your home or office and either go to the location where your presentation will be, or practice in a different room that somewhat resembles the location.

If that’s not possible, at least use a different room that feels uncomfortable so you can build up some confidence to give the presentation.

Family + Friends = Bad Audience

Many times people will practice in front of family and friends, but this is a bad idea, in my opinion, because they will likely give you only positive feedback.

Positive feedback sounds good, but it can hurt your presentation if you don’t know what you didn’t do well.

So use a group of colleagues, classmates or people not associated with your presentation. Be sure to tell them you need honest feedback about your presentation and performance.

You can also tell your friends and family this, if that’s the only audience you can practice in front of.

Hope you found those presentation practice tips helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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


Easy Presentation Expression to Engage Audience [VIDEO]

This post originally appeared on When giving a presentation, it’s important to know how to engage the audience. There are many ways to do this and in this video, you’ll learn a very simple question you can use that will help you engage the audience. This expression can be used for class presentations, business presentations or any other type of presentation when you want to get the audience’s attention.

All you have to do is ask a simple question: “What do you think happens if…?” or “What do you think happens when…?” Check out the video to learn more.

Top 3 Tips to Ace a Job Interview Presentation [VIDEO]

Top 3 Tips to Ace a Job Interview Presentation

Most job interviews nowadays require people to give a presentation and I’m sure it’s a source of much stress and headache. But with a bit of preparation and the tips in this video, you’ll know what to do when you have to give a presentation at a job interview. Specifically, you’ll learn the top 3 tips to help you ace a job interview presentation.

No guarantees, of course, because you still need to put in the work but you should be far ahead of your competition. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions or comments, or if you tried the tips in an actual interview.