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
Recently I worked with a talented group of project managers who struggled with getting a reaction or a discussion started, especially with remote presentations. Together we brainstormed this great list of questions you could ask to start a discussion, or to keep one going.Read More
Many of us present better when we are NOT using slides. We are often more focused, more intense, and far more expressive in our delivery. When we streamline and simplify our slides, or go without, the message can be clearer and more memorable. Learn eight ways to start moving away from reliance on slides.
Calvin Wilson from Andersen Corporation shared in a recent class that his boss always says visual aids should be visual, consumable, and actionable. You probably know what we mean by visual (although not all slides are visually appealing) but what did he mean by consumable and actionable? Read more...Read More
How do you feel about walking around? The space I present in is rather large and to connect with my audience I feel like I should walk around. Read on to find out why walking around is not the answer, but moving with purpose just might be.
When I speak in audiences that are more family or friend oriented I tend to get a little more emotional. Not crying but a little choked up. Is there techniques to counter that? In the answer you will learn three strategies for managing your emotions without becoming deadpan.Read More