In the story ‘The King and I’ the King of Siam is renowned for his frequent use of the expression ‘etcetera, etcetera, etcetera’. Anna is the English teacher who is instructed, for example, to write a letter to Queen Victoria. The King dictates a few words, half of which are ‘etcetera’! Anna protests at how […]
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Deze maand neemt de mythe ‘voorlezen’ onder loep: het hoe en waarom van het gebruik van papier als bron. Met de – inmiddels bekende – verrassende inzichten en oplossingen.
Imagine you’re presenting to a small group of some 10-15 listeners. You project slides which you describe in great detail and you stand next to the screen to point out details. Imagine you’re presenting at a congress, from the stage and mostly from behind a lectern. Just as with the small group you want to […]
Are you one of those who have difficulty in taking decisions? There are many like you! There are also many who are openly proud of their skill in this area, particularly in business. Yet there is another path for both groups that provides a surprising solution – maybe even for ‘everybody’! Acceptable topic These days […]
Imagine: you feel tired, you’re constantly tired and you drag yourself through the day (with the help of caffeine). Your nights are broken and soundest sleep is between about 7 and 9 a.m. You have odd pains everywhere in your body (you may already have been told by a doctor that you have ‘fibromyalgia’, which […]
You’ll probably agree that it would rather strange to come away from a presentation without having learned anything new. Strange? Or does it happen every now and again? Let’s look more closer at what ‘boring’ means in this context. What makes a presentation ‘boring’, and what are the listeners’ needs? Two needs First of all […]
Imagine that you stick a strip of Velcro on the inside of your upper arm, from your armpit to your elbow, with the matching strip on the side of your chest. You then close your arms against your chest. An increasing number of speakers adopt this dysfunctional gesture. Oh, and before I forget, remember to […]