I joined Wayne Turmel for a rant about presentation skills. In the past, the storytellers were revered by the tribe, why have we lost that skill to such an extent in the modern workplace? Wayne dedicated the show to Ogmios, the Gaulish deity – typically depicted as a bald old man leading what looks like a willing band of men with chains attached to their ears from his tongue. Ogmios is thought by some scholars to be a metaphor for eloquence, possibly related to bardic practices of the time.

I love Wayne’s thought that, in Ogmios’ era, eloquence was regarded as a military skill. In the modern corporate framework, presenting certainly has the potential to enhance your career like few other skills have. So never lose sight of the fact that a good presentation can be a serious weapon in your arsenal …

What did we talk about? Sailing ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings … Oh, and also:

  • Why are business presentations so sucky? Are yours sucky? Could they be better?
  • How? How could your talks be better? What’s wrong with them now? Having identified the problems, what can you do about it?
  • And what habits can you instil in yourself to build a more effective approach than the one you are using now?
  • People respond to stories. How do you inject a narrative thread into a dry sales update?

Do have a listen to our chat. There’s even a Scooby-Doo moment, courtesy of the multi-talented Mr Turmel, in the middle of the conversation …

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words, when short are the best of all.
Winston Churchill