Luan de Burgh

Luan de Burgh is a professional public speaker and presentation coach.

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Presentation skills: beware the pitfalls of spontaneity

All it takes is a few seconds. One-time Labour leader, Neil Kinnock called it a ‘rush of blood to the head;’ the point when all good sense appears to go out of the window and a well planned speech stumbles down a calamitous path of spontaneity… It is perhaps no coincidence that Boris Johnson’s lead […]

So, Um, Er Stop! Avoiding common presentation pitfalls

“SO! Before I begin, I’d like to start today by saying thanks to everyone for coming. Today I’m going to talk to you about… is this thing on?… Oh yes. Before I begin, can everybody hear me okay?… I’ll take that as a yes. So, let’s crack on as I know some of you are […]

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Harnessing the power of language

A fact about the South American country of Suriname – the lingua franca of 500,000 inhabitants of this country is Sranan Tongo, also known as Taki Taki. Why is that relevant? Because Taki Taki, is listed as the language with the fewest words, at only 340. By comparison English, widely recognised as the language using […]

Effective Presentation? Sometimes, Less is More…

“Do you have any tips for improving slide presentations?” is a question that has come up on several occasions in recent times. Powerpoint, Prezi, Haiku Deck, Pickit… there are many presentation packages out there offering great user options but we must never forget that at the business end of every great presentation tool is the […]

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A good technical presentation. Is it possible?

Hello, good morning and welcome to my technical presentation. Please turn off your phones, settle back and prepare to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour being bored out of your mind… Not the best introduction, I know, and one that, in my experience at least, has never been used as an opening salvo […]

Three preparation tips for better presentations

“Preparation is everything.” “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” “I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practise and preparation.” Three quotes from an A-list actor, an athlete and a four-star general. […]

Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

The art of presentation: the dangers of being over-prepared

I have often written about the need to prepare for an effective presentation. It is a mantra I urge every professional stepping up to the podium to adopt. However, in this article I am going to consider the disadvantages of being too prepared. I stand by the need to be prepared – always – but […]

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The art of presentation: engaging an audience on a dry topic

People arrive at your presentation and walk into the room with what you perceive to be an air of dread.  There’s a bit of general chatter but not the sort of buzz that you had hoped for.  There’s a lot of phone-related activity.  You begin to doubt your ability and competence and even your subject […]

Client relationships: why your environment matters

How often do you stop to think about the environment you are in?  Not in terms of the planet and what, as a collective species, we are doing to it but rather your choice of environment in which you conduct your business development activities.  Where do you take your client, meet them or arrange to […]

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The Musicality of Presenting

Grab their attention with a bang, build the theme with highs and lows and finish with a powerful ending.   Pretty much the format for any great symphony not least the very well-known work by one of the most celebrated composers of all time – Ludwig van Beethoven; the Fifth Symphony in C minor.  So, what […]

Myths about communication in presentations

How often had you heard that effective communication is 55 per cent non-verbal, 38 per cent tone of voice and 7 per cent what you actually say.  There are many who swear by this as some form of mystical statistic that is the key to communication enlightenment itself.  And then there are those that say hang […]

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