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
How do you connect with an audience right away? Do you ask them how they are doing? Or does that lead to unwanted responses? You know your audience best, but consider these strategies to make the connection successfully.Read More
Quick, what do you say when you get a tough question? Odds are pretty good that when you feel stumped, you will respond with a quick, "That's a good question." Many people respond that way, but you'll notice a trained professional rarely does. Why not? Read on for six good reasons to avoid this phrase.Read More
Many of us report to our leaders in the form of data, lots of data. When they create visuals to convey this information, it is usually black and white and mostly in tiny font sizes. A few simple adjustments could make these slides work so much better. See if you could employ these simple improvements on your data slides.Read More
Similar to flying an airplane, the most critical parts of a presentation are the takeoff and landing. In presentations, the first minute or two is when you connect yourself and your topic to the interests of the audience. The last minute or two is when you “land” your message.Read More
If you have ever noticed yourself fading into the woodwork when you need to bring forth your best, you may need to ramp up your power for better results. Use these techniques if you are getting feedback that indicates you are coming across as “too soft” or “not forceful enough.”Read More
Let’s look at some of the characteristics great speakers have. You may find you already possess many of these, and it may give you some ideas on where to concentrate to continue building skills and attributes for successful speaking.
Don't just "talk to" your next audience. Engage them. This keeps the presentation or training more intesting and lively. How? Read on for 10 quick and easy ways to engage:Read More
You’re sitting in a meeting and suddenly you are asked for a quick update on your current project. After a huge pause that seems an eternity, you come up with a response. Next time you are caught off guard, take these steps to think fast and save the day.Read More