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November 2009

Vol 4  Issue 7    


It's almost the end of the year already, doesn't time fly. Were you planning to improve the presentation skills of your staff or yourself this year?  Well there isn't much time left but I do have a couple of courses this year, including Central London on the 2nd December and Guildford on 15th.

Last year, I didn't raise my prices but as of January the price of my public presentation skills courses will be going up to 375 per delegate. I'm sure you will appreciate that nothing is getting any cheaper these days and at 375 my courses still represents excellent value for money. Reserve a place on next year's courses now and I'll hold the price at 285.

If you are hoping to get a Train to Gain grant to cover some or all of the cost of a course, I recommend that you apply now, as Skills South East have a long list of applicants waiting to be processed. Don't leave it until next year, or you are unlikely to be able to run the course before April 2013.

My blog has had a couple of additions since my last newsletter, which are:

7 Questions to ask when creating a presentation

Who needs presentation training?

I have also been busy on a different media stream and there are now a series of videos available on .

My daily Twitter tips, or twips are still going too, follow me, @youngmarkets on Twitter.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Young
+44 1276 502257

Upcoming Courses

The last two Presentation Skills courses for this year are:         

Next year we start with:

As always courses are limited to 6 people, so you may need to be quick to ensure your place.  

Unlike last year, I will be raising the price of my courses in January, to 375 (ex VAT) per delegate. If you want to ensure you get the same great price as the last two years, of only 375, make sure you book before Christmas.

For more information or to book click on your preferred location above. 

New Dates for 2013 

A full list of Effective Business Presentation course for the first half of 2013 are as follows:

Chineham Business Park, Basingstoke Thursday 18 February 2013
  Thursday 24 June 2013
 Cathedral Hill, Guildford   Wednesday 10 March 2013 
  Tuesday 25 May 2013
Stockley Park, Heathrow Wednesday 20 January 2013
  Wednesday 12 May 2013
Central London (EC4) Tuesday 23 February 2013
  Tuesday 13 April 2013
Oxford Business Park, Oxford  Monday 01 February 2013
  Thursday 22 April 2013
 Thames Valley Park, Reading Friday 08 January 2013
  Tuesday 23 March 2013
  Friday 18 June 2013
 Bath Road, Slough   Tuesday 08 June 2013

Additional courses may be scheduled according to demand. You can download our 2013 Course Calendar here.

Video Snippets 

You can now watch a series of sample videos of my presentation training. Each last just 2 to 3 minutes and gives you a taste of what you will learn on my Effective Business Presentations course.

So far these include five videos, one for each letter of OSRAM, the 5 aspects of an effective presentation, and three others about "handling nerves", "doing it right" and the problems associated with "relying on your slides" to remember what you were going to say.

You can view these presentations on the Young Markets channel on  youtube  Please leave me some feedback if you think these short videos are useful.

Networking in Berkshire

Over the last few years business networking has become part and parcel of everyday business. If like me you lose track of what is going on where in the world of local business networking I would like to introduce you to a new website Its run by Chris Lunn and provides a constantly updated list of networking events in Berkshire, forums and useful links.

The A to Z of Effective Presentations

I decided to re-run the series of the A to Z of Effective Presentations, for all the people who haven't been receiving this newsletter for the full 5 years that it has been going. Starting again at the letter "A". This is an updated version compared with the original newsletter, which I first published back in 2005. 

A is for Animations 

Animating your slides can make them stand out, but do not go overboard. 
You do not want people watching the animation rather than listening to what you have to say.  If the animations add value and help to create a strong mental image that your audience will remember then I'm all for them.  They will make your visual aids more effective and more memorable.  But do not animate just for the sake of animation.

In particular, the repetitive use of the more flashy animations that are standard functionality of modern presentation software is more likely to irritate than enhance your presentation.  Each new slide, sliding in to view from a different direction, or each bullet point spiraling down to its position on the slide, adds nothing to the content and distracts people from what you are saying.

Just because the software provides the facility does not mean you need to keep using it!

When you are giving a presentation, remember to stop talking while the animation, sound effect or video clip is being played. You don't want to compete with your own special effects.

A is for Apologies  

An important rule of presenting is NEVER APOLOGISE.  In particular, do not start with an apology.  It is a very natural thing to do, because by apologising up front you are diverting any potential criticism.  You are in effect saying sorry in case you do not give a great presentation.  If you apologise in advance for your material you are saying you did not give it the preparation time the audience deserve.

An apology at the start sets you off in a negative frame of mind, it has the reverse affect to the one that you want.  It saps your confidence and it saps the audience's confidence in you.

The other reason never to apologise is that most of the audience will probably not have noticed.  Only you know what you were intending to say.  If you miss a bit out or repeat material the audience will never know that you did not mean to.

'Apology is only egotism wrong side out.  Nine times out of ten the first thing a man's companion knows of his short-comings, is from his apology.'  Oliver Wendell Holmes 

There will be more "A" in the next newsletter.

Improve your presentations

I hope you have found this newsletter useful and interesting. You can learn a lot more about how to structure and give an Effective Business Presentation, by:

  • Attending a Young Markets Effective Presentations Skills training course
  • Reading my book "The A to Z of Effective Business Presentations" which you can download from my website today or buy the paperback on Amazon.
  • Taking my on-line course which is just one of the many sales related training modules at  
  • Reading my blog
  • Following me on Twitter

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