Andrea Pacini - Podcast

44 EpisodesProduced by Andrea Pacini

Andrea Pacini's podcast on all things presentations and public speaking.

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To rehearse, or not to rehearse, that is the question

March 12th, 2019


 Question: in order to make a great presentation, do you have to rehearse several times before the big day?  

Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 rule of communication - Debunked

March 11th, 2019


What you say counts only for 7%. Wrong! 

The power of a smile and why it’s so important for your presentations

March 9th, 2019


Smiles are powerful because they are universal: in all cultures people smile to express joy and satisfaction. If there is one thing we can do to …

3 common communication mistakes to avoid

March 8th, 2019


Eye contact, movement and silence. 

Three ideas to end a presentation strong

March 7th, 2019


If you want to end strong, plan your presentation with the end in mind. The conclusion is not just the last chronological piece of the topics you …

Three ideas to start a presentation strong

March 6th, 2019


Starting strong is important because it only takes a few seconds for people to decide whether or not to follow you

The fundamental principles of communication: Memorability [PART 3]

March 5th, 2019


How can you present your ideas in a way that will be remembered? There are three elements to consider. 

The fundamental principles of communication: Novel [PART 2]

March 4th, 2019


For a message to stick it has to be novel. 

The fundamental principles of communication: Emotion [PART 1]

March 2nd, 2019


You can have the greatest idea in the world and the slides of the century but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter. And it’s negligent, because you deny the world of something of great value.

What The London Tube Map Can Teach You About Design

March 1st, 2019


The New York subway map is geographically complete, accurate and detailed while the map of the London tube is based on fiction. Which one works best and why?

Using visuals in technical presentations

February 28th, 2019


Can technical presentations be more visual? Totally!  

How many words should I have on my slides?

February 27th, 2019


A PowerPoint slide contains on average 40 words. With such an average the reason why most presentations are boring is quite obvious.

Animations in presentations: are they useful?

February 26th, 2019


An animation is useful only if it helps your listeners better understand your message. If it doesn't, it becomes a distraction. When in doubt, leave …

Who says you have to include you logo on every slide?

February 25th, 2019


Your audience will remember you if you give a great presentation, not because you’ve included a repetitive element on each slide.

Who says we have to use slides?

February 23rd, 2019


"People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”—Steve Jobs 

The PowerPoint feature you can’t ignore

February 22nd, 2019


How to create visual presentations AND a hand-out for more details without spending too much time.

Slides and documents are not the same thing and should be separated

February 21st, 2019


“Slides are slides. Documents are documents. They aren't the same thing […] Much death-by-PowerPoint suffering could be eliminated if presenters …

Two simple ways to display your data more effectively

February 19th, 2019


We often focus too much on the data itself and too little on the message behind the data

Choosing the correct font size

February 18th, 2019


Go big or go home 

People prefer faces

February 15th, 2019


Eye gaze and the power of faces

The two ingredients of a great slide

February 14th, 2019


In order to create a great presentation, it’s important to understand how to design a great slide.

White space in presentation design: what it is and why you should use it

February 9th, 2019


White space is not wasted space. It is what more than anything else determines the functionality of a presentation.

How to use the rule of thirds in your slides

February 8th, 2019


Let's learn from photography. 

The picture superiority effect in presentation design

February 7th, 2019


Images are more likely to be remembered than words. 

What is signal-to-noise ratio and how does it affect presentations?

February 6th, 2019


 Signal-to-noise ratio is one of the fundamental principles of design, which is also relevant in the context of presentations.

Introduction to presentation design

February 5th, 2019


Paying attention to the design of a presentation is essential not only because it makes a presentation nicer, but also more functional. Effective design helps your audience better understand your message. 

10 tips for preparing a great presentation

February 4th, 2019


Here’s a list of ten guidelines for preparing your presentation effectively.

Public Speaking: How Tim Ferriss prepares himself every time

February 2nd, 2019


Here's how Tim Ferriss structures his presentations

The curse of knowledge

February 1st, 2019


Here's why most presentations go against what science tells us about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to communication. 

The right questions to ask when planning your presentation

January 31st, 2019


"How many slides?" and "Is PowerPoint better than Keynote?" aren't part of the list.

A powerful storytelling technique successful founders use to pitch their ideas

January 30th, 2019


Set up, conflict, resolution. 

How to give credibility to your ideas

January 29th, 2019


It's not just about data and numbers. 

How to create curiosity in an audience

January 28th, 2019


 With surprise you capture attention, with curiosity you keep it.

The 6 characteristics of ideas that last

January 26th, 2019


The science of presentations

January 25th, 2019


A presentation is a mix of art and science. Although the creation of a presentation is a creative activity, creativity alone isn’t enough—it has to go hand in hand with an understanding of what works and what doesn’t …

Science says you can’t read and listen at the same time

January 24th, 2019


People can't read and listen at the same time. Why? The written text is processed in the same part of the brain that processes the spoken text. 

The simplest ad ever made: a lesson on simplicity

January 23rd, 2019


The three-second rule

January 22nd, 2019


Have you ever wondered how soon an audience should be able to understand the message behind a slide? 

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

January 6th, 2019


Simplicity is the key word behind any successful presentation.

Three is the most important number in communication

January 6th, 2019


It’s the rule of three.

The message map: one of the most important tools in communication

January 6th, 2019


Here’s a great tool to communicate a message in a clear, simple and effective way.

How to prepare a presentation

January 5th, 2019


Turn your laptop off, take pen and paper and plan your presentation in an analogue way.

This is the objective of a presentation

January 5th, 2019


Tip: it’s not to inform

Why are presentations important?

January 5th, 2019


2 reasons why presentations matter.

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