Season 2 Interview 8: Diane Diresta on Knockout Presentations

This weeks interview is with the fantastic Diane Diresta where she shares some fantastic tips and strategies on Presenting powerfully and effectively, delivering knockout presentations.

Diane is an exec speech, coach and author. She is a past president of the NYC chapter of National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. She was featured on CNN, and quoted in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, London Guardian, and Investors Business Daily and Bloomberg radio. Diane is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 12% of speakers nationwide. And her blog, Knockout Presentations, made the Top 50 Public Speaking blogs.

How did you get to doing what you are doing?

What are the biggest mistakes most presenters make when presenting?

Boring mode

Who are some of the best speakers you’ve seen in action and why?

Virginia Rometty

Lisa Nichols

Knowing your audience

What is a simple technique that can help someone feel more confident at presenting?

What are the key things you need to do for a knockout presentation?

Why do some presenters get standing ovations and others don’t?

Where can people find out more about you?

A Favourite movie,






TV series,

Desired superpower,

Ideal time travel experience,

Alternative location,

Alternative career

One piece of advice.

Please check out  for Diane’s husband Ed.

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