I’ve just witnessed a beige presentation…


Oh dear.

The speaker has just sat down and I am confused. I think it might have been interesting for some of the audience, there’s a brief ripple of applause. There again I think they’re just being polite. I’m not really sure what he just talked about. He’s overrun too, so there’s no time to ask a question. Everyone’s leaving.

He’s just underwhelmed me in a number of ways.

Firstly, he doesn’t seem terribly enthusiastic. Dale Carnegie once suggested that you should only speak about something for which you have a passion. This chap’s voice is flat and monotonous. He looks miserable too!

Secondly, he’s not really shared anything that was of use to me. No insight, no advice, no warning, no apocryphal tale, no heart-warming story, no tip, no offer… nothing. Just fact after fact after fact about his business – whatever it was.

Finally, he just finished rather abruptly.  He didn’t conclude his talk well – had he done so I might have had a fighting chance of letting you know what I’ve just been listening to.

That was a really “beige” presentation. I prefer mine kaleidoscopic!

  • Only speak about something for which you have a passion
  • Smiling helps convey enthusiasm (not a fixed grin though!)
  • Work at getting some variety in your voice
  • Share something of use with your audience (you may need to do some research to work out what that might be)
  • Conclude your talk by summarising your key points, and
  • Please finish on time.

If you’d like some help with putting together an interesting talk or presentation just get in touch!


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One Response to “I’ve just witnessed a beige presentation…”

  1. Greg Mayne Says:

    I find that the ‘sharing something with your audience’ can be done by pretending you’re explaining your subject/idea/insight to a class of 7-year olds. By making it really simple you can make sure that it is understood – in part at least – by those that didn’t understand before, and gives those that did kind of understand it before a useful way of remembering it. I explain “the ability to recover VAT” by tying a piece of (virtual!) string between the VAT on the cost to the VAT on the sale – if you pull the string and it’s a straight line between the two then it is probably recoverable, if it’s not a straight line then you might not be able to recover it.
    This piece of free fundamental VAT advice brought to you by Reeves & Co LLP!!!

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