Do you consider
yourself a natural born presenter? There’s no doubt that some of us are and
when we stand up and take the mic, the room falls silent and we have everyone’s
full attention straightaway. When this happens, the audience listens because
they are confident that what is about to follow is going to be the words that
inspire and captivate.
Perhaps, you are more
like Mr Bean when you take the stage and even saying a few words at a wedding
is your idea of hell — slowly turning into a 2002 Marshal Mathers, ‘knees weak,
Standing up in front
of a group of people and speaking can require a bit more learning and practice.
Lucky for you, we are here to offer you some helpful advice. Read our top ten
tips to help you grow in confidence and deliver the perfect presentation,
without hearing the tumbleweed blow past.
Seconds count… ensure your audience engages
Imagine you’re robbing
a bank, you aren’t going to take the time to introduce yourself, you need to
grab the attention of the teller and get out of there. A presentation is no
different, get in, and with a piranha-like bite, you attack, ensuring your
audience hones in. Often you are going to be using a digital presentation that
will include your topic title, and they will already know your name. ‘Different’,
in this circumstance, is detrimental.
Don’t overcomplicate your language
It may seem like a
given, but the major failings of most speeches are that the audience simply
cannot understand it. The best speeches in the history of time were delivered
succinctly and weren’t overflowing with jargon. The biggest mistake one can
make is to overcomplicate the language used — it doesn’t simply confuse the
listener, but it will more than likely cause you to trip up as well.
Earn their attention
As much as we might
not like to accept it, no one in life owes us anything — it is up to us to earn
their attention. We cannot expect to warrant someone’s appreciation straight
off the bat, simply because of who we are. They are going to give up their
precious time to listen to us, but why should they? Tell them of your
experience in the area, and reason why you are the one standing up to make the
presentation as opposed to them.
Give the audience your attention
If you are expecting
your audience to pay attention to you, you need to pay attention to them. That
said, learn your presentation, or at the very least, the basic structure
beforehand. Yes, off-the-cuff might work for one in a thousand, but no one
wants to listen to someone stumble their way through their presentation with Mr
Blobby-like co-ordination. Rehearsing a handful of times in front of family,
friends, or even the mirror, will give you the confidence to act upon their
reactions, as opposed to aimlessly talking to a screen.
Watch your timing
No one is here to
suggest that a slide of a PowerPoint should take an hour, but if you try and rush
through the first slide, by the second you will have lost all your audience in
transit. Take a step back when you are initially planning your presentation:
work out exactly how many ideas you wish to propose and assign an appropriate
amount of time to each. Similarly, breathing can be incredibly under-rated —
don’t starve yourself of oxygen.
No one wants to walk
out after a presentation and think, ‘well there goes half an hour of my life
I’m never going to get back’. Therefore, add at least the tiniest portion of
emotion. You don’t have to put in a performance deserving of an Oscar but
showing your audience you are interested in what you’re speaking about is
essential —if you don’t care, how can you expect them to? Obviously, we won’t
always be tasked with speaking about a topic we would die for, but by racking
your brain and coming up with why it’s important to you, you’ve certainly made
Know your audience
Not many of us would
have the same conversation with our mother and grandmother as we would do in
the pub on a Saturday afternoon after football. The reason we don’t is because
we can successfully take heed of our audience — and a presentation is no
different. Jokes are often inappropriate in a presentation, but if you’re going
to use them, at least make sure they are going to be understood.
Images can make or break a presentation
Using pictures and
diagrams throughout your presentation can be a fantastic method of grabbing
attention, as an overload of text can often prove to be challenging to divulge,
particularly if it’s a large group. However, if you are going to go down the
road of using images, make sure that they can be easily seen and interpreted. The
sheer quality of a picture can act as a make or break for the entire success of
Tell a story but ensure you feel
confident in the content
This is something that
many people will struggle to do — it requires a lot of creativity. Rather than telling
jokes, this can be the perfect way to get your audience laughing, and for that,
they will remember you. Your story can be whatever you want because it’s your
story. Make the detail as extravagant as you like, just be confident that the
content of the story relates to the purpose of your presentation.
Winding things up… make an impact
What the audience will
hear at the end is the first thing they are going to remember afterwards. It is
no surprise that the cliché of ‘going out with a bang’ has stuck around for so
long — because if we don’t, we’ll be forgotten in a flash.
You may be fortunate
to work in a UK city whereby and you can quickly find a parking space or pay very
little for the visit — making it very convenient to bring your car into the
city centre. For other cities though, you could end up driving around for ages
trying to locate one space or put quite a few pound coins into the ticket
machine for the privilege. Let’s take a deeper look at how parking can prove to
be much more of a nightmare in one city compared to another. If you like
numbers, you’ll enjoy the insightful research we’ve compiled about the topic.
Searching for a parking space can be
time consuming in some cities
Using data gathered
from a study carried out by end-to-end parking solution specialists INRIX and
reported on by The Sun, the following table reveals how long people spend on
average each year searching for a parking space in some of the UK’s largest
cities. It also details the cost that this search has on each driver when
factoring in time, fuel and emissions, as well as the overall cost if the
entire city’s population could drive.
Search time per year
Cost per driver
Cost if entire population could drive
Exploring the cost of parking in the
UK’s city centres
In the next table, we
have taken a look at how much it costs to park in various cities throughout the
UK, based on information collated by vehicle history check service HPI Check.
The organisation based its findings on the cost of parking in a city centre for
an hour on a typical working day, between 9am and 5pm, and is an average price
of parking from all car parks found in each city. From these statistics, we
have calculated how much could be made from parking per hour if the entire
city’s population was able to drive.
Hourly cost of parking
Cost if entire population could drive
The UK’s most populated cities and
the number of NCP car parking spaces
For the following
table, we have analysed how many car parks there are from the National Car
Parks (NCP) in each of the ten most populated cities across the UK, as ranked
by City Mayors Statistics. We have also recorded the number of standard spaces
and disabled spaces that there are across each of the city’s NCP car parks,
before working out the space to person ratio (all numbers rounded down) if the
entire city’s population could drive.
Number of NCP car parks
Number of people to space ratio
Number of people to disabled space ratio
Research piece provided by Vindis, a
family run business and Audi car dealership, supplying new and used vehicles.
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Businesses from all parts of the construction
supply chain are set to benefit from a new collaboration between the Construction
Innovation Hub and UK Construction Week (UKCW),
in a move designed to boost take up of innovation in the industry and
realisation of the Government’s sector
The Construction Innovation Hub will sponsor the UKCW
Innovation Zone at this
year’s show. An innovation advisory board made up of construction
clients, contractors and consultants has also met to shape how innovation is
placed at the heart of this year’s event. It will assist in scrutinising the
latest projects, products and technologies being pitched for the new Innovation
Arbiters from Willmott Dixon, Luton Airport, Bryden Wood, Mace, TfL, The
Princes’ Foundation, Castle Planning and the Hub will decide what will appear
in the Innovation Zone and will also choose the winner of UKCW’s Innovation
Award 2019, which will be announced on the second day of the show.
Keith Waller, Construction Innovation Hub programme directorsays:
“UK Construction Week is fast becoming one of the most essential
industry events of the year. At the Construction Innovation Hub, we are eager
to reach out and engage with all stakeholders within the built environment.
This will be crucial to our success in the coming months and years.
By partnering up with a key event like UK Construction Week, we want to
give visitors the chance to experience first-hand the Hub’s vision of a
transformed construction sector. We will share how we are planning to use
digital and manufacturing technologies to help build smarter, greener and more
efficient buildings much faster and cheaper than we currently do, and how
players – big and small – from right across the construction sector, and its
supply chain, can get involved.”
Garnett, UKCW event director says:
the surface, and you find that the construction industry is actually one of the
most innovative industries. It is full of examples of new ways of working,
sustainable products, collaboration and continually evolving technologies. We
want our visitors to experience this first-hand, to talk to others who are
leading by example and to boost uptake of these significant new developments.
why working with the Construction Innovation Hub is an ideal partnership from
our perspective. We chose innovation as a theme for this year’s UKCW and the
Hub’s support helps us to deliver on that message. The Hub has a four-year
mission to drive change and that is exactly what we want to achieve through our
The Hub brings together
expertise from BRE, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the Centre
for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to help implement the strategy. Funded by UK
Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Hub
is driving collaboration to transform the way buildings and infrastructure are
designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within the built environment.
Looking to the future of construction the Hub is
also supporting MOBIE’s design challenge. This is aimed at young people aged
between 11 and 16 years of age and it is encouraging them to design a 21st
registering once, visitors will have access to multiple sections: Build,
Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and
the newly launched Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand
Designs Live (9-10 October only), which will also be taking place at
the same venue.
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The world’s most visited landmarks
are huge feats of construction – with some even taking centuries to build and
costing well into the billions. While the costs for each landmark may be
substantial, the greatest landmarks on the globe do attract millions of
visitors each year and boost their local economy.
With that in mind, alpharooms has
created the ultimate battle
of the world’s landmarks so people
can compare the height, cost to build, construction time, number of steps and
even visitor numbers of 20 most famous landmarks.
Great Pyramid of Giza is the world’s most expensive landmark
Surprisingly, it’s the Great
Pyramid of Giza, located within the Giza-pyramid complex, which is the most
expensive landmark making the list. Today, the Great Pyramid would cost a
staggering £3.8 billion to construct. It has been said that the pyramid’s
construction is a masterpiece, estimated to feature more than 2,300,000 stone
blocks, with some weighing more than 50 tonnes. It is believed that the
construction involved more than 100,000 builders and experts are still unsure
how they transported and erected the stone blocks.
When analysing further, alpharooms
also found that the Great Pyramid of Giza cost £27 million per metre, an
eye-watering £18.2 million more than the Taj Mahal – the second most expensive
landmark in terms of cost per metre.
Leaning Tower of Pisa is the world’s longest landmark build
The Leaning Tower of Pisa takes
the crown for longest construction, taking a huge 199 years to build – starting
in 1173. While it may be recognisable for its famous lean, the construction
time tops La Sagrada Familia – which is still yet to be finished, and will have
taken 144 years upon completion date in 2026.
Contrary to popular belief, the
Leaning Tower of Pisa’s famous lean did not happen overnight. During the
planning stages, the construction team did not take into account the marshy
land they were building on. Unfortunately, by the time they had reached the
second story, the tower was beginning to lean and it was too late to turn back.
State Building takes the title for fastest build
What was once the world’s tallest
building for 40 years, also holds the claim to the ‘fastest build’. Erected in
just one year, the Empire State is a remarkable feat of construction. To build
in such a short amount of time, the 300 workers took alternative 12-hour
shifts. Cafes and concession stands were also placed on five incomplete floors
to stop workers from wasting time travelling for lunch, along with temporary
water taps, so workers did not waste time buying water bottles.
Similarly, the Space Needle was
constructed within one year, with the Needle set to be star of the show at the
1962 World’s Fair. However, with only one year until that fair, the
construction team worked around the clock with the final elevator car installed
the day before the tower was due to open.
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the annual UK Construction Week (UKCW) Role Models initiative have quadrupled
since last year, according to event organisers Media 10.
Dozens of construction
professionals were among the entrants this Spring, attracted to a scheme which
provides a schools contact programme and public platform to professionals of
any age and background to share inspiring stories of how they came into their
career and why they love what they do.
UKCW has chosen
98 Role Models out of hundreds of entries, from all professions and at all
levels, and has now published its shortlist
Models include people at chief executive, director and associate director
level, but also many more junior representatives who have made a huge impact at
the very start of their careers. They include architects, engineers,
construction project managers, site managers, quantity surveyors, a wide range
of sustainability, health and safety and geotechnical experts, tradespeople and
professionals focused on digital construction, administration, finance, HR,
learning and communications.
All Role Models
will be given the opportunity to speak at UKCW on the main stage of the UK’s
largest construction event, and will take part in the UKCW’s student initiative
at the NEC between 8-10 October to advise and encourage those considering a
career in construction.
2019 Role Model of the Year will then be announced on Wednesday 9 October by
BBC’s Steph McGovern.
winner, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, a senior project manager at AECOM, said: “I was
not from a construction background, but I moved into the industry with
transferrable skills. I want to encourage others to do the same. It’s a
privilege to be able to become a role model for other talented young people who
can find wonderful careers in construction.”
Garnett, UKCW event director, said:
response to this year’s UKCW Role Model initiative has been overwhelming and
covers every aspect of construction, from architecture to bricklaying to
digital design and management. The Role Models really show the diverse range of
jobs available in construction and they are all passionate about their jobs and
promoting construction as a great career opportunity.
“Each of our
Role Models has an inspiring career story which will spur others into similar
roles. Mentoring is a big part of what a Role Model does, and last year’s Role
Models have been out visiting schools and meeting young people to give
encouragement, while also promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in
“If you want
to see the future of the industry, you will want to meet these people and hear
what they have to say at UK Construction Week.”
Registration for the event is now open. By registering once visitors will have access to multiple
Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and
the newly launched Concrete
Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10
October only), which will also be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham.