Category Archives: Structure

Zorg voor een flexibele structuur

Gisteren kreeg ik een heel leuke mail van iemand die ik onlangs coachte voor zijn presentatie. Hij bedankte mij omdat de presentatie zo goed verlopen was maar wel in het bijzonder omdat ik hem een flexibele structuur had aangeraden want zijn presentatie was net voor het spreken ingekort tot 10 minuten spreektijd. Als structuur hebben we het piramide principe gebruikt en ik raad dat aan voor elk soort presentatie omdat de boodschappen er veel duidelijker uitkomen. Tevreden publiek dus, tevreden klant en tevreden coach :-)

Pitch your idea and make it short


Last week I heard once again that when you need to talk to a high level audience you better be prepared to make it short. It is not because they have given you 20 minutes that you will actually have 20 minutes speaking time. It is not because they let you begin your talk you won’t be interrupted…soon. So be prepared! Here’s an idea for you.

Next time you have to talk to a high level audience split your presentation in 2 parts: short talk of no more than 5 minutes and lots of room to fill in the details with a discussion. TELL your audience upfront that you only need 5 minutes to get your main messages across and afterwards you discuss the details together. Build your 5 minute talk around the main conclusions! And don’t end with ‘do you have any questions’. End with a valuable, straight forward question like: ‘On which parts would you like me to provide more details’ or any questions that works following your talk. Move from a monologue to a dialogue and notice how efficient this technique can be!

How to give an awesome presentation

I just found this on youtube and I really like the ideas and the way they get their message across. I completely agree with their main idea that a presentation is all about the story. This is the first thing you need to do when preparing a new presentation. The storyline I like to follow works like the pyramid principle. Never focus on topics as a storyline, focus rather on conclusions, ideally no more than 3 and give a logical reasoning how you got to these conclusions!

e-Book on how to communicate with impact!

Presentation Tips from Presentation Coach Sylvie Verleye….After blogging and writing for 5 years on the topic of communicating with impact and presentations I decided last summer to share all my tips in an e-book. I had shared this free e-book after the summer break to everyone who had subscribed to my newsletter. As the feedback was so positive I have decided now to share it with everyone as a kind of New Year’s gift. Enjoy reading Presentation Tips from Presentation Coach Sylvie Verleye.

Expert Academy 2011

Evenement van Expert Academy waar ik één van de sprekers was…


Know your last sentence

Last week I gave a morning presentation session on my book for UBA. 20 interested people listening to what I had learned from interviewing women in top positions. I was so enthusiastic and they were such a great audience that I even gave more advice on how to structure a presentation. How to begin, how to structure the middle and I deliberately did not give any ideas on how to end to make them curious. No surprise when someone asked me during the Q&A what my advice is on how to end a presentation. I told them about the 3 parts: summarize or come to a conclusion, Q&A, and the last important part is to know what your last (strong) sentence will be AFTER the Q&A to end it completely without having to say ‘Thank you for your attention’. When I gave this information I suddenly realized that I had not thought of an ending for the presentation I was giving. And as I had given them information on how to end it I had to walk my talk…One of the things you can do is refer back to the very beginning to actually make the circle round. For this presentation I had been introduced and people knew that I had become an independent trainer in 2000. So my last sentences AFTER the questions was this ‘When I made the decision to become an indepent trainer I had no idea what an adventure it would become. But I can only say it was the best decision I ever made and I can only hope that this book will help you for your next presentations…’ I made the circle round alright but what I did not expect is that I became all emotional in saying these words. I had to fight against my tears and could barely speak the words which made me realize yet again. You’d better be prepared and know exactly how to end it so you won’t get surprises…

Clarity !

Last friday I went to an interesting event for speakers. I listened to 3 presentations, all of them experienced speakers. On my way home I thought of these presentations and I specifically thought of what I remembered from them. Because ultimately this is the effect you want with a presentation, that the audience remembers your main message. And it struck me that it was not that easy for me to remember what they had said although I clearly remembered more of the third presentation. How come ? All three of them spoke with enthusiasm, they all had a great eyecontact, they all used examples and anecdotes, they all came close to the audience. Two of them had used a PowerPoint and the slides that they had shown were just excellent. But only one of the speakers had clarity and used a real structure in the presentation and in the end…it made all the difference to me !

What’s in it for the Audience ?

Neil Lazarus talks in his video below how to introduce and end a presentation. In the introduction you ideally answer questions like ‘what is the objective of the presentation’ and ‘why is it important for the audience to listen to that presentation’. In other words ‘what’s in it for the audience ?’… Apart from the opening I advise everyone to think clearly about their last sentence. This is a sentence you will adress to the audience AFTER the questions to complete your presentation without having to say ‘thank you for your attention’. What I like to say at the end of my lecture is this ‘if there is ONE thing I want you to remember from this presentation, it is….’ (and then I say something I think was extremely important for them to remember). Neil Lazarus demonstrates this in a very nice way.  Now, I don’t like his body language that much, but it is the content that is interesting…