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Successful Presentation Techniques

How to Turn the Most Boring Presentation into a Masterpiece

Do you have to deliver presentations covering boring or dry material? Do you get nervous before speaking publicly? Want to find a way to make your presentations more engaging and effective?


Then this is the talk you need to hear!


Psychologist, Peter Quarry, has made literally thousands of presentations and trained and coached people from all sorts of backgrounds in presentation skills. He will explain and demonstrate a number of creative presentation techniques, which will transform the most tedious topic into a joy to deliver.


Peter will cover:

  • Creative ways to structure a presentation to surprise your audience and keep them motivated and enthralled.

  • Simple, yet powerful, techniques for actively engaging an audience to maximize comprehension and retention of information.

  • How to use Powerpoint , or other audio/visual programs, to enhance your message, rather than kill it.

  • Specific tools to handle difficult presentation situations:

    • Getting to know your audience,

    • Making boring material exciting,

    • Dealing with nerves,

    • Establishing credibility to increase influence,

    • Dealing with uncooperative audience members (the ‘know all’, the ‘negative’, the ‘talkers’, etc),

    • Leading and controlling group discussion.


Target audience:

This 45 – 60 min talk is aimed at people from all levels and backgrounds who are required to give presentations. Previous training and/or experience in presentation techniques is desirable but not essential.



  1. Hugely improved confidence and competence when giving presentations, regardless of the topic.

  2. Stress reduction - both before and during the presentation.

  3. Increased audience motivation, cooperation, comprehension and message retention.





Creatively Managing your own Career

How to Understand & Navigate the New Career Paradigm

Rapid technological change and economic and social upheaval have altered the notion of what a ‘career’ is. This means that a totally new paradigm of careers and career management needs to be understood. In this provocative talk, Peter Quarry will challenge the current view and propose a new way of thinking about how to manage your own career, creatively.


Peter will share not only the latest thinking about career self-management, but also insights he has gained from his own long, successful and varied career that started as a Career Counselling Psychologist. Peter will cover:


How technology and other changes impact on career planning.

New ways of thinking about ‘career’ – paradigm shift needed

How to define a ‘successful’ career.

Thinking like an entrepreneur (‘ME. Inc.’).

The 4 essential self-development techniques you MUST be using.

Branding & marketing yourself (learn Peter’s ‘50:50 rule’).

Talking, dreaming vs. acting – how to get moving in your career, today!

Developing ‘grit’ to overcome disappointment and failure.


Target audience:

This 45 – 60 minute talk is ideal for working people at any age who need to take responsibility for their own careers and who want to understand how a changing world impacts on their aspirations and expectations.


A Positive Approach to Ageing

How to Face Getting Older, Successfully!

Those over 60 now constitute the fastest growing group in the population of most developed countries. As the ‘baby boomer’ generation moves into retirement mode, there is an increased focus on ageing and how to do it well. Of course, ageing is not just something that older people do. As ‘Gen Xers’ move into their 40’s, they are grappling with the mid life issues that getting older triggers.


Whatever your age, this talk will help you understand the ageing process and give creative tips to help you navigate it more successfully.


Retired psychologist, Peter Quarry, had a long and productive career as a creator of educational materials. An experienced speaker, he combines a thorough knowledge of scientific research, with a wealth of practical insights gained from his 60+ years of life.


Peter will cover:

  • Psychological approaches to understanding the human life cycle.

  • What’s the relationship between ageing and happiness?

  • Understanding the mid life crisis (and how to deal with it creatively).

  • New ways of looking at retirement.

  • Surprising new research on how to live longer.

  • Coping with society’s youth obsession and overcoming ‘ageism’.

  • Peter’s formula for creative ageing: Passion, Purpose, People.


Target audience:

This 45 – 60 min talk is aimed at people interested in understanding the ageing process. Ideal for anyone at mid-life or pre/post retirement, who wants insights and answers beyond the standard clichés.

Self knowledge

Paths to Deeper Self Knowledge

How to Increase Personal Insight and Awareness

Are you seeking ways to stimulate your own personal and professional growth? Recognise that real change is not possible without a good understanding of self? Want to make sense of your life experience?


As the ancient Greeks said: KNOW THYSELF!


Perhaps you are a trainer, coach or mentor and are looking for more sophisticated tools to assist your clients/students on their journey of discovery and development. Or maybe you’re a leader trying to better understand how you can be more effective.


Self-awareness is one of the critical components of emotional intelligence (EQ). But developing it usually requires you to ‘think outside the box’.


In this stimulating talk, Peter will share both personal and professional insights gained during his long career as a psychologist and educator. Drawing on some new psychological research, he will provide a practical toolkit that can be applied immediately.


Areas covered:


How can we see ourselves as others see us? How does ‘creativity’ help?

The seductive power of self-delusion and how to overcome it.

What are the benefits of accurate self-perception?

How to understand who you are, using the new field of ‘narrative identity.’

How to recognise, accurately, your strengths and weaknesses.

Explaining why we work better with some people and not others.

How to overcome ‘blind spots’

Deepening understanding of what triggers:

Negative emotions (anger, anxiety, etc.)

Addictive behaviours (smoking, alcohol, etc)

What really motivates and drives you?

How to get helpful feedback from others and then use it.

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