Posts Tagged ‘The Presentation Lab Book’

A Seasonal Sneaky Peek Into The Book

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

What seemed like a jolly jape 6 months ago when we came up with the Presentationstein idea and graphic for the book seems to have captured the imagination of many in our sector.

Well, we couldn’t be happier…

In a seasonal sneaky peek, it’s time to unveil the fancy graphic that has business people shuddering in fear/hanging their heads in shame (delete as applicable) – the dreaded Presentationstein!

For the full scary truth (and to calm your nerves) , go pre-order yourself a copy of this fine book.


Time for the Peer Review…

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I won’t lie – this whole book creation thing can get a little nerve-wracking…

After months of internal debate about the structure of the book and bucketloads of sweat over the choice of analogy, you finally hand over the finished manuscript to the publisher (in our case, the lovely people at Wiley).  The good news is that they loved it and are excited about sharing it with the world.

The next stage is to then share the manuscript with the industry bods you most admire and ask them for their opinion.  This is where it gets properly scary.

So…what was the verdict from luminaries like Cliff Atkinson, Nancy Duarte, Andy Bounds and Joni Galvao?  Click below where all is revealed.

Present Me - Testimonials


Gratitude & Gelato

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Apologies for the radio silence over the last few days…but it’s for good reason.

I finally managed to take some time off, sip the long awaited mojitos and, thanks for some friends in Italy, gorge myself silly on amazing gelato whilst enjoying views across the Italian alps.  Nothing short of amazing…

Returning refreshed and carrying more than a few extra pounds, I was greeted by an e-mail from the brilliant Andy Bounds containing the foreword to the book.

It’s brilliant.

Andy beautifully summarises the importance of getting presentations right by thinking of the most important people in the room – the audience (it’s a bit of a theme throughout the book as you may have guessed).  His kind words and brilliant insight top the book off rather wonderfully.

You’ll naturally have to buy the book to read it in all it’s glory but I’ll share one key phrase:

Your audiences will love that you’ve read it.

Nicely said, Andy…


No Rest For The Wicked…

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A few days have passed since hitting the ‘Send’ button and pinging the Presentation Lab manuscript over to our chums at Wiley…

The visions I had of drinking post-deadline Mojitos next to a glimmering pool have quickly been banished by a roll-out of important new material to our UK consultant and marketing teams (expect a call soon if you work with any of them).

The good news is that the new elements of the Presentation Optimization process have gone down a storm with one and all. The bad news is that my Mojito is disappearing into the distance as I dive into the preparation of similar sessions for our overseas teams.

My ‘Mojito time’ will come…soon.


Manuscript Complete.

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The words have been smithed.

The spelling has been checked.

The dedication and thanks are in place.

Thanks & Acknowledgements

Next up – finalising the artwork.


Spreading The Good Word – ‘The Presentation Lab’ Hits The Airwaves

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The fine people of Dublin got to hear all about ‘The Presentation Lab’ book as well as pick up a few hints and tips along the way.

We thought we’d share (just in case you don’t live in Dublin)


Mindmapping with Marvin Gaye

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The early morning sun glistens through the window.

“What’s Going On” plays loudly on the stereo (the best album ever released by Motown – fact).

And the final mindmap for the book is complete.


Life is good…


Everyday I Write The Book*

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Friends of mine who have written books (@nancyduarte, @andy_bounds, @echosvoice and @jonigalvao to name but a few) warned me that this whole book writing thing become an all-consuming part of your life.  They weren’t wrong.

As the deadline looms, my diary has swathes of time blocked out for writing – super early mornings and late nights are now the norm.  The dreaded writer’s block has raised it’s ugly head again (bizarrely on the most straightforward of all sections – visuals) and, amidst all of this, the business is closing out it’s third quarter.

Busy times…but happy ones.  We’re on the final stretch but still lots of writing to do…and then the dreaded edits!  Despite the frustrations of the last few days, the book seems to be making the evolution from personal passion to something that can stand on it’s own two feet.  I’m like a proud father.

Until next time,


* Well…what’s a blog if you can’t quote Elvis Costello now and again?


The Presentation Landscape…In Spanish?!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The last week has flown by with some crazily early mornings and late evenings spent pulling together an increasingly important section of the book, the Presentation Landscape.

As if to prove that the best plans go awry almost as soon as you’ve committed them to paper, the Presentation Landscape has morphed from being a short but interesting diversion into a ‘call to arms’ for the business presenter.  As you may be able to tell, I’m rather excited about the whole concept.

Atop this giddy excitement came the news from those lovely people at Wiley that the option to publish The Presentation Lab in Spanish has been picked up.  I’m delighted – this is way ahead of the normal schedule and shows just how much interest this new approach to business presentations is creating worldwide.

That’s it for the moment – must dash (I have a whole section on the pros and cons of whiteboard presenting to complete before the end of the day…)



The Artwork Begins…

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The words are coming together rather nicely…

The cover is sorted…

Now to ensure that the pearls of wisdom within the pages of The Presentation Lab are supported with equally brilliant visuals… Enter stage right Eyeful design duo Phil and Alex.