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Ever had that uncomfortable feeling of not knowing where to look when making a point, delivering a message or asking a question?
Nervous furtive glances looking sideways, upwards or downwards? Anywhere but the gaze of the person you're trying to persuade and influence.
Effective communication is about making an emtional connection with another human being.
Media relations strategy is about using the media and dealing with one person to get your message across to many.
The CEO of a worldwide business asked me to help him develop a talk he planned to give to several hundred of his top executives. He said, 'I feel as if I'm Daniel going into the lion's den.'
Indeed, it was the business equivalent of a lion's den that he was entering. Hired from a competing firm, he was a stranger to the company, a company hobbled by declining market share and bad morale caused by the arbitrary actions of the previous CEO, an isolated dictator.
'This is the first t ...more
Believe it or not, preparation is a better determinant of presentation success than knowledge, experience, or even talent. The best presenter is almost always the presenter who is the most prepared. Even so, there are a lot of conflicting ideas about what constitutes thorough presentation preparation.
So what exactly is thorough preparation?
Here are seven straight forward tips to increase the effectiveness of the time you invest in your practice.
1. Practice Delivery Out ...more
According to the Lamalle Report on Top Executives of the 1990s, one of the most important factors in determining financial success by those earning over $250,000 is being enthusiastic and having a positive attitude (46%). Apparently, successful people never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
Why does having a positive attitude matter so much? Research solidly indicates that expectations influence behavior meaning if you expect to succeed, it is likely that you will and if y ...more
Super Preparation –Keys to Getting a Great Start to Every Presentation
Novice and expert presenters alike have had the experience of feeling a little (or may be a lot) nervous before giving a talk. In working with hundreds of people to help them improve their presentation skills, one consistent theme has emerged: once people get started, assuming things go relatively well, they begin to relax, become more natural, less self conscious, and therefore more effe ...more
Many times we are put into situations where we are asked a question and need to give an answer on the spot, or "think on your feet." It could be a sales or customer service situation, your manager asking you for a progress report, a request for your ideas on a new community project, or a job interview.
During these times we can feel the pressure. Our heart begins to race, we start to sweat, we feel our knees knocking, or we want to hide under a rock. This is because sometimes the ans ...more
Alistair clearly knew his subject – but what was frightening him was the thought of the major presentation that he was going to be making in a month's time.
Sheepishly, he acknowledged that he had managed to avoid making presentations in the past – choosing instead to delegate the task to his assistant manager.
But on this occasion, his assistant was working on a two month contract abroad – leaving Alistair with little choice but to get to grips with his fear of standing up ...more
I was recently coaching an engineer who wanted to improve his speaking skills. After videotaping him, we discussed his strong points and then his areas of improvement. Then we got to the area of vocal variety. Vocal variety is the quality of your speech that hold your audience. It is the combination of pitch changes, pauses, inflection, rhythm, and loudness in your voice that adds "color" to any conversation or speech. I suggested he try Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat." At that point h ...more
Not your performance, their performance. The audience must go out and apply the information you have given or they wasted their time. Even worse, YOU wasted their time. As speakers it's our obligation to supply practical methods for the crowd to make our words and ideas reality in their lives.
1. Design an Easy to Remember Outline. Some people will take notes, others will not. Create your presentation so that the main points are unforgettable. You'll need to limit those points to five o ...more
Business presentation is a key part of commercial life. How to present your products or even yourself in the best shape to the promising purchasers or employers is absolutely an art. Today you can find some many tips and tricks on the Internet preparing you how to give a successful presentation, analyzing almost from every aspect possibly involved. I'm not going to repeat those tips, as a PowerPoint presentation Instructor, It's the developmental trend of PowerPoint that I am concern about. ...more