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Gavin McMahon is a founding partner at fassforward consulting group.  He looks like this picture, but his head is still on his shoulders. Gavin

He is a PowerPoint obsessive, who has managed to figure out a way to use PowerPoint to communicate and message very effectively.

He works with Rose, CEO and founder.  Together, they are a pretty good team.  He’s learned a lot from her about presenting, and the power of words.

The official blurb is below:

Gavin is a senior partner and co-founder of fassforward consulting group.  Over the past several years Gavin has advised Fortune 100/500 companies on the impact of market changes and their interrelationship with marketing and business strategy.  He brings a unique perspective on growth and innovation, as well as the barriers to achieving desired results in these areas.

Prior to fassforward, Gavin was VP and Director of Web Strategy at Gartner, where he oversaw development of e-business assets in the research and advisory firm’s London and Stamford offices.  Earlier, Gavin worked for McGraw-Hill.  He was a founding member of theLondonBusinessSchool’s i:Lab. Gavin wrote the case study “Netscape Communications Corporations” forLondonBusinessSchool. He has moderated at conferences such as the global industry conference on Finance and Technology in Geneva, and taught at the Global Information and Telecommunications Industries [GiTi] Executive Program at INSEAD.

A graduate of Great Britain’s Royal Military College at Sandhurst, he served as a platoon commander in the King’s Own Border Regiment.  Gavin has worked in the defense, automotive, publishing and manufacturing industries.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an MBA in Strategy, Innovation and Information Technology from THESEUS Institute in France.  He is a Sainsbury Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the ACM, and the Fédération Européenne d’Associations Nationales d’Ingénieurs.

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  1. Love your mission and your site! Wicked awesome sauce simple.

    April 14, 2012
  2. Thank you for the like and following my blog!
    All the best! 🙂

    September 8, 2012
  3. I can’t help but subscribe to your brilliant blog. Your personality shines through this boring subject, transforming it into a brilliant one! Excellent!

    September 16, 2012
    • Thank you Janet. You have guilted* me into more writing. 😉

      *damn you spellcheck, that should be a word. So should spellcheck.

      September 16, 2012
      • Sometimes Freshly Pressed ia really great — to spot someone worth following, to learn new things.

        September 16, 2012
  4. Harper #

    Hi Gavin. I’m 18 year-old Highschool student preparing speech contest. Is there any other helpful programme for presentation? Nice blog though! It’s such useful information on presentation and I love your visualization.

    October 10, 2012
  5. Hi Gavin, I am an Architect and Powerpoint is one of my arsenal to make presentation.
    I still have to learn a lot to use this powerful software to it’s maximum potential and I find that your blog is very usefull and entertaining.
    Well done!

    December 27, 2012
  6. Hi Gavin,

    I am Sai from India. i must say you’ve got a very cool blog here… great work!

    I am a consultant, and most of my work is about presentations.

    Great to know about this blog!

    -Sai Krishna

    December 31, 2012
  7. Hi Gavin,

    At the beginning of this year I wrote a short post ” PLEASE, NO RELATIVE SECRETS ! ” which was about adopted people not being told of their background.

    I feel quite passionate about this, and have received many positive responses.

    So, as a follow-up, I’m contacting all my blog followers to ask if you would be so kind as to pass this link (below) on to as many contacts you have by whatever means you have (facebook, twitter, email etc).

    If this saves just one person from being deprived of knowledge of their “natural” family members, then we have had success.

    This is the link to pass on ……

    Thanking you in anticipation.


    Cartoon Mick

    February 4, 2013
  8. Gavin,

    Thank you for the Anatomy of a Pitch. I’m a business writer working with two clients recently and I was trying to explain how the pitch works and what to consider. Your article will help me and my clients refine their message.

    Now that I’ve found that article, I have discovered a whole wealth of other thoughtful bits. I added a little commentary on my blog and, please feel free to contact me if there is any way that I can return the benefit to you.

    – Shauna

    June 16, 2013
    • Thanks Shauna. It’s always nice to hear that it’s useful. I have another one in the works called “pitching elevators” — because I think most people get the elevator pitch backwards. It should be about pitching what I can do for you. Not what I do. – Gavin

      June 17, 2013
  9. Hi Gavin… I’m from Panama and I don’t know how to describe this feeling about YOUR WORK. I don’t speak english very well but I hope you can understand it.

    POWER POINT is my weapon too! This program helped me to make a career in my actual job. I can’t live without it and I’m very glad that finally I found a page that shares the same spirit. I couldn’t find until now a person who knows why is so important make a AMAZING PRESENTATION to get the results you want. It’s very important THE INNOVATION IN EACH PRESENTATION.

    I feel so INSPIRED about your work. I already read some of your blogs and I’m so fascinated. THE WEB PAGE FASSFORWARD is AMAZING.

    I hope soon share with you about my work. I’m working on my own little company and I found in your web page the final inspiration.

    Thanks for share!

    August 25, 2013

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