How to Create a Mind-blowing Presentation

Whether you are giving a talk to a few people from your office as part of your regular conference or team build or having to deliver an authoritative speech to thousands, it doesn’t matter. The same principles apply and you still have to engage your audience and avoid the embarrassment of them stifling some yawns or worse falling asleep. But not everyone has had training as a public speaker and for most this can be a daunting task even if you know your audience really well and work alongside them on a daily basis.

At Intundla Conference Venue we provide you with everything you need to ensure a successful event, our Conference Venue is close enough to Pretoria’s main business hub, but far enough away to instil that “out of office” feeling where your audience can focus on your presentation without any distractions. You have a choice of 9 meeting rooms that can be arranged to suit your audience size and requirements and our Conference Co-ordinating Team are dedicated to helping you get the maximum value from your conferencing experience. The rest is up to you.

Here is a framework of how to give that killer speech.

Research your Audience

This is the best place to start regardless of what you need to talk about. You can’t even begin to create your speech until you know your audience. What are their fears, their hopes, their concerns, what do they need help with and what are their expectations? 

Open with a Bang!

The most important part of your speech is the first couple of minutes as well as the last at the end of your presentation. People aren’t interested in your biography or a commercial ad about your company, they are interested in themselves only so talk to their interests. The best way to open your talk is by giving your audience a framework of what your presentation is about and deliver it in a fascinating and intriguing way.

Rethink your PowerPoint Presentation

Most of us have been on the receiving end of a presentation we call “death by PowerPoint”. This is where the speaker uses his PowerPoint slideshow as an outline mostly for their own benefit as notes or as visual note keeping for the audience. Instead use your PowerPoint to engage your audience on an emotional level. Think of your visuals as the music to a great movie – in a movie it is the music that helps to create the feelings of love or fear or drama.

Engage your Audience

Think about ways to engage your audience so that for the next 40 minutes it is not only you that will be doing all the talking. Rather how can you get your audience to tell their own stories and to teach each other? Engage them in a brainstorm session with you or play a game. Try not to limit yourself or your audience by placing them in a box.

Think Body Language

It doesn’t matter who you are talking to and what you say. If your body language says something else that person will believe your body language and not what you say. It is the same when giving a presentation. What is your body language telling your audience? When you are more focused on engaging with your audience than with your own nervousness your body will follow suit.

Create follow-up Opportunities

Your relationship with your audience shouldn’t end when your presentation is over. Think of ways to stay connected with your audience even after they leave. What can you leave with them or what can you send them? In our world where social media is rife it is easier than ever to stay connected.

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5 Special Things you can do for your Guests at your Wedding

1. Welcome bag for out-of-town guests

Because we live in such a global world most weddings have guests travelling from other cities and even other countries. Show your appreciation by giving your out-of-town guests a little welcome bag with goodies. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just something to show you appreciate them coming all this way – a bottle of bubbly for their arrival, a map of the area, comfy slippers for their weary feet.



2. Party props to funk up the dance floor

 You can really liven up your wedding and especially the dance floor with some party props. All you need is a couple of funky hats, masks, colourful wigs, wacky sunglasses and hey presto!



3. A Safe Ride home

 Your wedding should be a big celebration! Don’t let your guests worry about drinking and driving. Organise a free taxi service that can take your guests back to their hotels. They will be very grateful for it. And if you have your wedding at Intundla Game Lodge then your guests won’t have to worry about a thing because they’ll be staying in our Luxury Accommodation at the Lodge.



4. Give your Guests balloons

 Give each of your guests a balloon (filled with helium) after the Ceremony. It’ll look simply spectacular when they all walk towards the reception area holding colourful balloons.



5. Provide Entertainment for the kids

 If you’re allowing your guests to bring their kids to your wedding then go the extra mile and make sure there is enough entertainment provided for them like this pizza station where they can make their own pizzas.

happy kid = happy parent = happy wedding.


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Pretoria Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Travel Odyssey

Jan-Harm & Mariette – 11 January 2014

Once we’ve seen Intundla Game Lodge at their Wedding Expo our minds were made up!


As only girls would do and a flatmate getting married 4 months earlier, I could scan quite a few wedding magazines for ideas. However when it came to choosing the venue, I only saw one photo! I looked at the website and I was convinced that this is the perfect venue and everything I dreamt of!  Now I only needed to convince my fiancé. Well it didn’t take much as he also fell in love with this place on our 1st visit. Still today we believe we had the most beautiful wedding at the most beautiful venue. Thanks to Vanessa van Niekerk, the wedding coordinator everything worked out perfect. I wasn’t stressed about anything. They did everything in their power to meet my demands and made our day perfect! And so it was! Intundla will forever have a special place in our hearts, we feel like family!

Our Story ~

15 years ago we were introduced by mutual friends while studying in Bloemfontein. Although I thought he was quite a nice guy, I wasn’t ready for a relationship and Jan-Harm was only interested in partying with the boys. As all the friends went their own direction we all grew apart during our varsity years. 7 years later we both relocated to Johannesburg without knowing the whereabouts of the other. Not knowing too many people I was quite keen when my best friend invited me for dinner with friends while visiting her boyfriend for the weekend. Her exact words were: “Don’t worry at least you’ll know Jan-Harm”. When I got to the restaurant and it was only my friend, her boyfriend and Jan-harm I just knew… this was the plan all along! Even though we haven’t seen each other for years there was never an awkward moment, we just clicked! We partied till early the next morning! Later that week he phoned and asked if he could take me to dinner and… the rest is history!

Engagement ~


After dating for 6 years it was about time! Jan-Harm always said he would never ask the big question on a special day as he wants it to be a surprise. True to his decision he asked me when I least expected it and even phoned my parents for their blessing. We always go away for my Birthday and when Jan-Harm said we are going to Hazyview for the weekend I did not expect him to pop the question (although I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping).

On Saturday 15th June Jan-Harm took me to a small waterfall with a big rock at High Grove House. He very romantically took out Champagne and “wine glasses” that he wrapped in a hand towel and asked me to hold the glass, with the idea that he could get down on his knee to propose. Instead I went to sit down next to him and spoiled it all. But I had to wait 6 years, he can’ have it that easy! He popped the question and I said YES!

Jan-Harm and Mariette got married at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday 11 January 2014.

Wedding ~ 



Dress:  Maggie Sotterro (Olivelli – Bloemfontein)

Wedding Rings:  Deonne le Roux Jewellers

Hair:  Cornel Nel – Follicle Hair Atelier

Make-up:  Brenda Botha (MUD Make-up)

Stationery:  Lily Young

Reverend:  Dr Dawid A Kuyler 

Photographer:  Gilda Harris

Videographer:  Ruling Spear

Wedding Singers: Bella Africa

Ceremony Venue:  Intundla Chapel

Décor:  Venelize Events Décor

Music/Entertainment:  Blast Entertainment

Theme: Travel Odyssey

Colours: Red and Rustic

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Perfect, Family, Special Place, Destiny



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