Matthew Donohue

About Matthew Donohue

Matthew is the Director of Studies at English Today and has been teaching in Indonesia since 2001. He has managed to gather the most qualified and passionate teachers in Jakarta to work under the one English Today banner and counts companies such as Garuda Indonesia, Bank Mandiri and the Lippo Group as his valued clients. Whether you need iBT TOEFL preparation or specialised Business English modules such as English for Presentations or English for Customer Services skills, Matthew is sure to be able to help you.
I look forward to helping you achieve your English goals. Contact me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google +

November 2016

Travel Booking Company Traveloka Invests in Its Staff with Business English-Language Courses

By |November 30th, 2016|

Extra training courses on top of an already full work schedule are rarely much fun but that has not been the case for key Traveloka employees, who have been enjoying informative and entertaining business English-language courses courtesy of English Today Jakarta.

“I’ll be honest; I really did just expect another boring English course,” said Cita Parahita […]

October 2016

XL Axiata Enjoy Business-English classes

By |October 17th, 2016|

Executive staff from Indonesia’s leading mobile telecommunications services operator PT XL Axiata Tbk, best known as XL, have been striving to improve or perfect their English-language skills during Business-English classes run by English Today Jakarta. Indonesia’s only native English teacher agency runs a total of four classes tailored to XL’s specific requirements two times each […]

Why having a ‘topic’ is a big no, no

By |October 7th, 2016|

Your presentation should never be based around just a topic, it should be planned and constructed on a Dynamic Objective.

So, what’s the difference?

A topic is flat and one dimensional, it lacks purpose or an objective. Quite simply, it isn’t engaging because it doesn’t give your audience a REASON to listen. It doesn’t offer your audience […]

What’s The Most Important Part of Your Presentation?

By |October 4th, 2016|

Some people say the introduction is the most important part of a presentation, it’s where you make your first impression. Others say it’s the main body because that’s where the ‘meat’ of your presentation is. Others argue that it is the conclusion because that’s the last thing your audience hears before it’s all over.

So, which […]

September 2016

#PresentationSkills : A Mechanical Task or an Art?

By |September 7th, 2016|

When people are asked about a great presentation they have seen, many have difficulties remembering. The plain truth is most presentations are dead boring, there is nothing special about them and they are not memorable.
People don’t want to attend, can’t wait to leave, and forget the presentation as well as the presenter the moment they […]

#PresentationSkills : 10 Secrets to Confident Delivery

By |September 6th, 2016|

If you had to describe how you feel about public speaking in one word, what would it be? Uncomfortable, nervous, terrified? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. It’s a well-known fact that many people’s greatest fear is standing up in front of a crowd of people and having to speak.

So, of course the first question that […]

August 2016

#PresentationSkills : Body Language

By |August 31st, 2016|

How important is your body language in presentation?

It is quite critical. The good thing is that you can use it to emphasise your point. If used correctly, it can be very powerful. It also makes your life easier. For example, if you appear confident, excited and enthusiastic, the audience will be more receptive to your […]

#PresentationSkills : Start With the Conlusion

By |August 25th, 2016|

What should you start working on first?

The conclusion.

As stated before, you should always start with your conclusion which focuses you on the bottom line. When it comes to slide design you should do the same. Remember, you can always change the conclusion later on as you add more details to you presentation. The objective is […]

#PresentationSkills : Lift / Elevator Test

By |August 24th, 2016|

There is a great test that you can benefit from when preparing your presentation. The Test is called the Lift Test (otherwise known as the Elevator Test depending on where you live).

Effectively you need to be able to give a pitch of your presentation during a lift ride to an interested person. This is about […]

#Presentation Skills : Presentation Design Process

By |August 19th, 2016|

Content Design Process:
Once you have identified your content and mind mapped it, it is time to start putting more details into it and shape it into a presentation.

As an analogy consider the structure of a report.

Is a presentation like a report?

A presentation may have a similar structure, but it is not a report. Remember, a […]