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Does the thought of speaking in front of others send you running in the opposite direction? Youâ€™re not alone. Many people avoid public speaking at all costs â€" and there is a cost. Public speaking is one of the quickest, most efficient ways to market yourself, your message, business, or cause. Those who are willing to make presentations immediately stand out from the majority who are not. Whether itâ€™s an audience of five people or 500, itâ€™s worth it to invest in ...more
"I didn't have 3000 pairs of shoes. I had only 1600 pairs." Imelda Marcos
Everything's relative. A million dollars sounds like a lot of money to someone who makes an average salary, but it's a drop in the bucket to a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates. Running a hundred metres in a few seconds seems like a miracle to ordinary mortals, but a track and field athlete will work hard to shave even more off that time.
Yet presenters often quote statistics without benchmarks, so the audi ...more
Exhibiting in a trade show can involve a major investment of money and time. But the financial returns for your business can be excellent if you learn some of the secrets of trade show booth success before signing up for a show and investing in your displays.
If you're considering setting up at a trade show for the first time, here are eight tips for a successful trade show booth display:
1) Rent the smallest possible booth space for your first trade show. The first time you exh ...more
Tip #1 The purpose of your speech is to get results; to help people make changes and think or act differently. So start with the end in mind. What do you want people to do as a result of your speech? What do they need to know to do this? What do they need to feel to do this?
Tip #2 Show your audience that coaching is a process. It is different from consulting. Do some coaching (role playing) during your presentation. Let audience members see what it would be like to have you ...more
Most of us would agree that having humor in our lives increases rapport, strengthens our relationships and overcomes communication barriers. People who work in a positive, often playful environment are more likely to stay. Productivity and creativity increase while stress is reduced. We just feel better after a good laugh. Think funny!
1. Open with a humorous story. . I remember the time the lights when out and I fell off the stage. I wasn't hurt and quickly said, Now I will take questi ...more
There are four different ways that audience members assimilate information. They are: visual, auditory, auditory digital, and kinesthetic. While all members of the audience will process information utilizing all four of these approaches at different times, each audience member will individually will individually tend to rely on one of these approaches more than the other three.
Visual: These people memorize and learn by seeing pictures and are less distracted by noise than oth ...more
You've spent a lot of time preparing your PowerPoint presentations and now you're ready to show the world all your company has to offer. You set up some appointments for sales presentations with a few members of the local Chamber of Commerce. On the appointed day, you lug your laptop and your presentation to your prospective client's office and start your show. They're impressed with what they see and you get the job. And that's the way things are supposed to work.
But what happe ...more
"There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul." – Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
Ask yourself, "What is the audience feeling?" and "How would I like him/her to feel?" You need to be aware of:
How frequently you use positive emotional words.
How you moderate the use of negative emotional words.
Remember back when the ability to create a slide show presentation using PowerPoint was cutting-edge technology? PowerPoint presentations changed the way that companies and seminars did business. It was easy to take along your presentation material; just grab your laptop and go. Sound and visual effects, fancy screen designs, bulleted features – presentations had it all.
Everybody had a PowerPoint presentation. Those who didn't use this type of presentation material really felt ...more
Allowing the audience to ask questions after your presentation is an excellent way to reinforce your message and to continue to sell your ideas. In addition, because listeners can ask for clarification, audience members are less likely to leave your presentation with misconceptions about the concepts you delivered. Because of these benefits, the question and answer period is actually another presentation and vital to most speaking situations.
Here are some suggestions to more effective ...more