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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
For scientists who want to move ahead in their careers, the ability to give a truly great formal science presentation is a vital skill. Being able to give an outstanding presentation is important in all phases of your career. When you are interviewing for a new job, the presentation is almost always a major part of the interview process; often it is the first chance that your prospective coworkers get to see what you can offer. Even when you are comfortable in a stable position, you still n ...more
Monotony should be on the FBI's most wanted list. It has killed more presentations than any of the deadly distractions. Everyone, not just those trained to perform critiques of speeches, picks up on monotony in a presentation.
You don't find any best-selling songs that use only one note, do you? Nor do you find great one-note presentations. However, monotony is not just speaking in a monotone - that is using just that single note. It is a lack of variety in every element of your present ...more
All over the world thousands of business presentations are being given every minute of the day. Up and down the country, in offices, conference rooms and hotels, companies spend vast sums of money hiring rooms and projection equipment, employing staff, paying their expenses. The delegates spend their time and money attending these events. But how many of these presentations are effective? How many deliver the desired result? How many change the way people ...more
Styles of Influence
Different people influence and are influenced in different ways. Most people will usually try to influence others in the way that most influences themselves. So if you are convinced through logical argument based on facts, you will usually try to convince others based on the use of logic and facts. The problem with this is that it is not always the best approach. There are four main influencing styles, each of which will appeal to a different type of perso ...more