Every time I ask a group to list the qualities of a successful speaker, one of the first things they say is “engaging.” What do you think makes a speaker engaging? I think it could be a combination of four unique qualities, along with knowing how to engage and connect with an audience.Read More
Audience management is crucial to getting important content across, while keeping things on track. Too many disruptions, questions or side conversations can derail your presentation, while coming across as impatient or rude won’t win very many points.Read More
Whether it is a formal proposal, a team meeting, or a training event, most of the time when we speak we have more content than time. If you feel rushed or sometimes run out of time, read on for better time management.Read More
Got nervousness? Here are fifteen ways to conquer your fears and feel more confident about your ability to present successfully. Try one or two of these and see what happens. You are sure to find a few things that help you transform anxiety to confidence, and fear to power.Read More
Recently I read an article in Inc. magazine written by Carmine Gallo, the author of several books about presenting, including Talk Like Ted. Gallo provides compelling reasons why we should rethink the way our PowerPoint slides look and perform.Read More
There were eight tables in the room. By the time the first table finished introducing themselves, I knew we were in trouble. By the end of their introductions, I only had 25 minutes instead of the hour I'd planned for. Deep breath. This is what happened next...and what should have happened.Read More
My students were becoming so confident that I decided to experiment a little bit. At the beginning of the second day, I asked each of them write two things they would like to focus on for the next presentation. As each person came to the front to speak, they handed me their cards. Here is what happened.Read More
Maybe you have heard you should use stories to bring your content to life, but aren’t sure why or how storytelling adds value. You might even wonder if using stories is worth the risk of looking silly, or worth the time it will take to learn to do it well. Here are ten compelling reasons why it is worthwhile to use stories and storytelling in your presentations.Read More
While some people seem to gravitate toward the spotlight, others find it doesn’t come easily. If you sometimes doubt your ability to speak effectively in public, here are five questions that might help shape your thought process, and maybe even lead to a breakthrough. You can be an effective public speaker.Read More
Similar to flying an airplane, the most critical parts of a presentation are the takeoff and landing. In presentations, the last minute is when you “land” your message. Will the audience remember what you said? Will they take action? Or will they be glad it is over and file out of the room in relief? Here is how to make the most of your endings.Read More
It seems so many of the slides we see in presentations are dull, lifeless, and crammed full of data. They reflect badly on your presentation. Consider looking at your slides with fresh eyes, to be sure they deliver more clarity and appeal to the eye.Read More
Setting context is one of the most important tasks you need to do if you want your listeners to understand and care about your presentation. It’s best to set the context right from the start, so people understand the tone of your message, the significance of the event, or the risk that is being mitigated.Read More
Transitions from one section of your presentation to the next not only sound more polished, but make the presentation easier to follow. Many times, we overlook this small but mighty practice. Let’s look at some ways you can easily make those connections in your next presentation.
When we consider bringing supplementary materials into a meeting or class, it is helpful to consider the ability level of our audience, plus ways to get everyone on the same page, so to speak. Continue reading for six strategies.
Great eye contact includes everyone and invites them into your presentation. It engages. It shows confidence. So how much eye contact is enough, or too much? Read on to find out how to ace eye contact.Read More
Rehearsing your presentation out loud using a timer is a must. If you have to rush to make your time limit, cut out a few minutes of content, giving you more leeway in case of questions or asides. Read on for more suggestions on managing time...Read More