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 […]
Maybe you know those individuals – maybe you’re one yourself! – who just have to have anything and everything that’s new, innovative and revolutionary. They’re the ones who first bought CDs when they still cost a fortune, they’re the ones who bought the first tablets when they came out, and they bought the first clumsy […]
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 […]
You arrive on time for your training course, seminar or congress. At the reception desk you are given a thick dossier filled with the day’s programme, all the sheets and beamer slides all the speakers intend to use, and of course their resumes. At congresses in particular you will also get the complete texts of […]