OK, you’re getting ready give a presentation to a corporate audience . . . with speaker support. And you’re nervous – the last thing you need to be doing is futzing around trying to find the show button on the bottom of the screen. Click on the wrong one and it can really throw you for a loop. Nothing worse than appearing disorganized … on stage … in front of your peers. Been there, done that!
There is nothing worse than appearing disorganized at the very start of a presentation … on stage … in front of your peers!
Presenter View (PowerPoint)
Here’s a little known trick to avoid the problem altogether. If you’re using PowerPoint, save your presentation file as a “show” file. When Read More …
If you want to be effective in the use of media in your presentations, it’s important to understand how it relates to learning. So today, I’m going to give you some basic rules for being more effective.
Prof. Richard Mayer
These rules come from the work of educational psychologist, Richard Mayer, in his book, “Multimedia Learning.”
Rule Number One:
We learn better with words and pictures than with words alone. Using hearing and vision to transfer information results in much better recall that lasts much longer … often years longer.
We learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented at the same time or next to each other on the same screen.
Introductions. They’re incredibly important to a speaker’s success. Bad ones can be like watching a slow motion train wreck. Because the speaker ends up spending half their speech trying to recover from it. Ow!
And that’s why professional speakers provide their own. And when they do, if you’re the MC, it’s important that you rehearse it and deliver it the way it’s written. Because it sets the tone.
If you’re writing an intro, there are 3 questions – three W’s it needs to answer: What, Why Now and Why This speaker.
First … what. What is the speech or talk about (without giving away too much). Make sure you relate it in terms your audience will understand. This part is pretty straightforward.
In public speaking, your voice is your instrument. You have to know what it sounds like. So I recommend you get a recorder and record yourself giving a presentation.
Then listen to it. Do you sound monotone? That’s boring. Our brains don’t pay attention to boring things. They shut off.
Here’s an exercise. Get a children’s book and read it to a child – and record it. You’ll hear yourself exaggerating the words – you’ll be much more expressive than normal. Now back off about twenty percent and you’re in presentation territory.
Most new speakers speak too quickly? Slow down. The larger the audience, the slower you need to speak. And pauses … they can be your most powerful tool. Pauses give impact to what Read More …
There isn’t anything that connects you with your audience more than your eyes. We call that eye contact.
Now, I don’t mean cursory, flit around the room eye contact – I’m talking hard core at least two sentences long eye contact. That’s what works.
Beginning speakers know they have to have good eye contact and so they make sure they scan the room and try and spend a couple of seconds on each person. That’s the ADD method.
People know when you’re talking AT them rather than TO them. If you’ve sat in the audience when a speaker scans the group and never really connects with one person, you know you don’t tend to get really involved in the message.
Here’s a simple tip that will give your graphs much more impact.
Make the titles “active.”
Now … I don’t mean “animated.” I mean active. When I refer to a title as “active,” I mean that the text helps to advance your position, rather than just stating what the subject matter is. Most of the time, it means putting a verb in the title. Let’s look at an example.
Here’s a nice looking graph of Gross Monthly Sales.
OK … so what? What about them? What is that graph trying to tell me?
First of all, let’s get rid of all the clutter. 3D looks pretty, but most of the time gets in the way of the message. Get rid of that, too. Read More …
The closing is second most important part of your persuasive presentation. I say that because if you don’t have a great opening, you will have lost them by the closing and so your closing won’t matter.
It would probably be helpful here to review the opening of your persuasive presentation:
Start with the situation, opportunity, or problem.
Then describe your credentials – what makes you the ideal one to provide the solution.
After that, your proposed solution.
Finally, state the agenda. In other words, tell your audience what you intend to present in support of your solution.
For the closing, the structure is almost a mirror image of the opening.
First step is to restate the SITUATION, opportunity or problem – the reason you Read More …
In the first few seconds, as you walk on stage, your audience is “sizing you up.” They’re figuring out whether they like you and are going to listen to you. They’re also making a decision as to whether you’re funny or not and whether you know what you’re talking about. There’s a great book called “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell about that split second when people subconsciously judge you. We all do it.
The opening of any presentation is THE most important element. It can make or break you as a presenter.
So, it’s important to think about your first few seconds on stage. I recently critiqued a new professional speaker who started her talk by coming on stage all smiles and giving Read More …
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