Murray Fitzpatrick

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giving a good presentation

Effective Presentations: What TO DO

Effective Presentations: What TO DO

Ok – so here it is! The hot list of what TO DO to give a killer presentation that will have everyone wondering how they managed to be in the same room with such an impressive, confident and knowledgeable presenter. Read more


what not to do

Effective Presentations: What NOT TO DO

Effective Presentations: What NOT TO DO

Just as there are golden rules for what makes a good presentation, of course there are a set of rules of what not to do during a presentation. Read more


effective delivery

Effective Presentations: Hints for effective delivery

Effective Presentations: Hints for effective delivery

Here is a simple list of seven good points that will help you deliver a great presentation, whatever your comfort level might be. Read more


Using humour in presentations

Effective Presentations: Effective use of humour

Effective Presentations: Effective use of humour

It’s a bit of an age-old question: How funny should a presentation be? Do you need to kick off your presentation will a belly laugh, do you aim for a few chuckles or is there no room for light-heartedness in presentations? With a background in stand-up comedy, here are my suggestions. Read more


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Effective Presentations: Tips for Question & Answer time

Effective Presentations: Tips for Question & Answer time

Obviously, the question and answer section of any presentation is an important one, but for an inexperienced presenter, the idea of it can be fraught with angst. What if I don’t know the answer? What if someone challenges my answer and I can’t respond? What if I get the one jerk in the room who is determined to make me look like a Wally? Here are some tips on handling questions and answers when presenting. Read more


minimising distractions

Effective Presentations: Keeping the audience’s attention

Effective Presentations: Keeping the audience’s attention

Especially if you’ve been allocated a dead hour of an agenda – i.e. 3:00pm when everyone’s energy is waning, how do you ensure your audience is paying attention? Here are some sure-fire ways to get eyes on you and brains switched on. Read more


major presentation mistakes

Effective Presentations: Major mistakes presenters make

Effective Presentations: Major mistakes presenters make

There are a few golden rules to follow to avoid the major pitfalls of a poor presentation. Here are my top ten to keep in mind. Read more


using handouts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using handouts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using handouts effectively

I guarantee that we’ve all walked away from a presentation on either side of the extreme. Either empty handed with no material and just the speakers words running around in your brain, or inundated with so much paperwork and notes that you won’t get enough time until the end of time as well know it to review them all! So as a presenter, how do you land somewhere in the middle? Read more


Using Flipcharts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using flipcharts effectively

Effective Presentations: Using flipcharts effectively

Depending on your type of presentation, sometimes a flip chart is easier and more effective for the group, as they give you the opportunity to post notes around the room for later reference, tear off pages for group work etc, but so often the presenter botches the use of the flip chart. It’s a few pieces of paper on a board – how is it so hard? Well, here are some tips to make sure you use those few sheets of paper to their full potential. Read more


Death by PowerPoint

Effective Presentations: Using PowerPoint effectively

Effective Presentations: Using PowerPoint effectively

We’ve all been there – A hellish PowerPoint presentation. They come in a few different shades. The presenter that has typed out EVERY WORD on their PowerPoint slide and insists on reading it all back to you. The over-animated, bouncing whirling, motion-sickness inducing presentation. They just keep coming. So what are the golden rules to follow when construction a PowerPoint presentation? For the sanity of conference attendees everywhere, I’m so glad you asked! Read more


using visuals

Effective Presentations: Using Visuals

Top reasons to use visuals in your presentations

We all know that being spoken at for anywhere between 15 minutes to 8 hours during your general presentation days/conferences is enough to make you want to leap out the nearest window. So how can you make your presentation engaging, effective and kind on attendees sanity? Firstly – VISUALS. Why? Read more


Effective Presentations: Encourage Participation

Encouraging Participation

Whichever of the methods listed below you choose, you must keep it moving. Catch the audience’s attention and keep it. Participants expect to be involved but you must choose the most appropriate methods for your particular audience. Here are a list of the top ways to encourage participation in a group, along with some helpful tips. Read more


involve the audience

Effective Presentations: Involve your Audience

Effective Presentations: Involve your Audience

There is nothing tougher than standing in front of an audience of complete strangers and asking them to give you their undivided attention for the next x amount of minutes. One sure-fire way to get your audience onside is to get them – and keep them – involved.

We all know that being talked AT can turn any presentation into a snooze-fest, so Murray has devised some great techniques to help you involve your audience and raise the energy level through participation, engagement and practical examples. Read more


effective presentations - controlling your wobbles

Effective Presentations: Controlling your ‘wobbles’

Effective Presentations: Controlling your ‘wobbles’

For most of us, the most nerve-wracking part of giving a presentation is the shakes and trembles that seem to develop out of nowhere. Murray has worked with everyone from thirteen year old’s looking to nail their class speeches, to high flying CEO’s, to professional athletes, to help each of them overcome their own ‘Presentation Wobbles’. Check out a few top tips from Murray on how you can tame those shakes and look like a pro at your next presentation. Read more


Effective Presentations: Preparation

Effective Presentations: Preparation

Putting together an effective presentation is a skill that Murray has helped numerous clients and companies with, from Brisbane to Melbourne, Sydney to Perth. Talking to a crowd is a difficult thing to do for most of us, so over the next few weeks, we will be going through the key steps in putting together an effective presentation.

Whether it is in front of your colleagues at work, to a big client, or at a conference, being confident and in control is key, and there are lots of little tips and tricks that can get you ready for this task.  This week, we look at the first step in any great presentation – Preparation. Read more


Why Presentation Skills training is important.

Why Presentation Skills training is important.

 

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Why People Succeed

The 16 positive habits to develop to create success in any venture.

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New Presentation Skills Workshop for Brisbane and Sydney – DISCOUNTED PRICE

We’re happy to announce new dates for the Powerful Presentation Skills workshop, with full-day courses to be held in Brisbane and Sydney. We hope you can join us on Friday 15 November  in Sydney  or 22 November in Brisbane.

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Summary of Top 10 Mistakes made by Sales People

Here is a quick summary of my Top 10 mistakes commonly made by Sales People. How many are you making? Read more