Awesome Storytelling Tips from Kevin Spacey

c99aa2404369463ef5baa1b65da50d7b_400x400Any form of content marketing like public speaking or presentations is all about making a good story you can sell to people. According to Kevin Spacey (yep, the famous Hollywood actor), there are 3 basic elements that can make your stories great. Here they are:

1. Conflict – The purpose of this is to create tension that will keep people engaged and wanting more.

2. Authenticity – There should be truth in your story. It should be authentic and resonates well with the brand you are selling. 

3. The audience –  Spacey believes that the audiences now are different from before. They want control. They want variety. And therefore, we should give them what they want but without sacrificing your authenticity.

As a final note, Spacey also said that when you know what story you want to tell, everything else will follow.

To know more insights about this, please head to: Kevin Spacey’s Top 3 Tips For Better Storytelling. Yes, That Kevin Spacey

8 Steps to Make Your Webinars Interactive

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The following tips are from Brenda Bence, who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert.

1. Sign in – by letting your participants sign in, they will get a feel of the room just like how it happens in a real live seminar.

2. Ground rules – by asking your participants to set up the ground rules (like no cellphones, ask questions at the end of every session, listen, focus, etc.), you’ve already started making the webinar interactive.

3. Notification – letting them know that they will be called upon randomly to answer questions will keep them on their toes.

4. Executive presence – have a senior level executive there to answer questions and speak up every once in a  while  to make participants listen and participate more

5. Prizes – by offering prizes, participants will feel more lively and engaged in the discussion

6. Experience – there is so much we can do with technology now. People are no longer limited to listening only during webinars. You can do so much more like: writing on whiteboards, showing videos, conducting a survey or a poll, drawing arrows, etc.

7. Webcam – when telling a story, it’s best to turn the camera on you so they get to see your expression just like when they’re watching you in person.

8. Feedback – just like in a live seminar, it’s always best to ask for feedback at the end of the session.

To get more insights and ideas on how to particularly do these 8 steps, please head to: Make your webinars super interactive

How Not to Panic When Invited to Do a Presentation

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sometimes, we overthink stuff when it comes to presentations and speaking in front of people that we fail to recognize how easy all this really is. So even before you begin to panic when asked to do a presentation, answer these three things first:

  1. What does my audience already know?

  2. What do I need them to know?

  3. What’s the best way to tell them the things between 1 and 2?

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Once you know the answers to those three questions, everything else will just fall into place and presenting in front of an audience won’t be as nerve-wracking anymore. It’s just actually about getting back to the basics of public speaking!

To find more insights about this, please head to: Presentations – back to basics! :)

Five Cool Tips for Impromptu Speaking

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’ve already talked about this before but perhaps it’s good to reiterate this. The trick to impromptu speaking or extemporaneous speech is to learn to trust your brain. Trust your own mind that whatever answer pops in your head at that moment is the right one and you just have to deliver it. Sounds simple? Below are five steps you do to really go through that process of answering off the cuff and make it seem so simple:

Tip one – become aware that you are blocking yourself 

Just accept the fact that you are blocking yourself. Your internal critic jumps in and shoots down. It’s a natural instinct. You’re only human. The moment you accept this mentally, then you’ve already won half the battle when it comes to impromptu speaking.

Tip  two – practice  “accepting” your own ideas

So you know your head comes up with ideas when asked on the spot. You now know that you are blocking yourself automatically after being asked. Now, instead of thinking “Yes, but”, you think “Yes, and”.  Choose to accept the ideas that pop in your head abd by doing so, your mind will then give you more good ideas to think. Don’t worry, it becomes easier as you practice this way of deliberate thinking more and more.

Tip three – learn about improvisation

There is probably a local improv group in your area. Find out about it and join them. This is a great way to practice extemporaneous speech delivery in a more academic setting.

Tip four – find a local Toastmasters club

Once you’ve joined a local improv group, it would then be more amazing if you can find a local toastmasters club where you can practice your skill some more. These toastmasters clubs have what they call “Table Topics” where you get to speak off the cuff.

Tip five – practice self compassion

Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you make mistakes, learn how to forgive, let go and move on.

To get a better understanding about the art of impromptu speaking, visit this post: Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Three Tips to Master Public Speaking

leader-speaking-to-audience-d-rendered-illustration-42292019As a presenter or public speaker, wouldn’t you want to conquer your fears and master the art of public speaking or presenting? Of course you would want this! There is no magic bullet to do the trick so please just bear with what I have to say.

Below are five tips on how you can master public speaking:

1. Embrace Nerves – You just have to accept the fact that nerves will always be there. We are humans after all. We feel all sorts of different emotions, one of which is nervousness when faced with a seemingly challenging task like talking in front of an audience. Having nerves is fine.  This means that your energy level is up and that your senses are heightened. It’s how you handle them that will count the most. So use that energy and turn it into something positive by being in the moment, doing your thing on stage and engaging the audience.

2. Spend some time in the space if you can – It helps if you can go to the venue in advance and start visualizing yourself doing your presentation or speech. Just like what the Law of Attraction says “you attract what you think”, so think about going up there in front of the audience with full confidence in yourself. By doing this, you’ve already won half the battle.

3. Know Your Audience – By spending some time with your audience before you even get on that stage to talk, you’ll have an idea of their background and you can then tailor-fit your stories and questions to make sure that it will resonate with them.

So there! I know these are just three things but they are very important. To know 15 more tips to master public speaking, please head to this link: Guest Posting: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking, by Kyle Ingham

 

How to Have an Interactive Webinar

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you done any live webinars before? ow was it? Was it interactive enough? Of did you just end up talking while your participants just listened from wherever they were in the world?

As a presenter, you can benefit a lot more from the webinars you host by making them interactive. How do you do this? Below are a few tips:

  1. Sign in: Aside from letting your participants sign in on an online sheet, have them state how they are feeling about attending your webinar. This way, you get to have a feel of the vibe of your audience and you can then tailor-fit your presentation to the general vibe of the group.
  2. Notification: You can let your participants know that you will be asking questions and randomly to answer a question. This will keep them on their toes.
  3. Prizes: By giving prizes, you encourage meaningful participation from your audience. This can be a free eBook, a gift certificate or whatever you think will be good for the participants.

These are just three things you can do to make your webinar interactive. Find out more tips by going to this link: Make your webinars super interactive

How to Turn Your Presentation Into a Conversation

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Isn’t it better when someone tells you “Let’s talk” rather than “I’m going to deliver a speech to you”. Which one will surely catch your interest? Isn’t it the former?

When a presentation is delivered like a conversation, your audience tends to get more interested and more engaged. They will feel like they are really with you rather than you there at the stage and the audience just sits there listening to you from a distance.

So how do can you transform your presentation into a conversation? Below are four (4) ways you can do this:

Language
When you talk to your audience, use the word “you”. use that more often than I so it emphasizes that your message pertains to them and not you. Also, avoid addressing them collectively. Avoid phrases like “Does anybody have any question?” or “You guys”. This puts distance between you and your audience and won’t make it seem like a conversation at all.

Eye contact
When you talk, try to look at a single person in the eye and do this for each person whenever you can. This will make each person in your audience feel like you are personally conversing with them.

Questions
Ask them good rhetorical questions or invite them to ask you one by asking “Do you have a question?” Then make sure to address their concern.

Pause
It’s good to pause once in a while to give time to your audience to absorb the important points you have raised. This will allow them to internalize the discussion and be ready for the next part of your conversation.

By doing these things, your presentation will feel more like a conversation. It would become more engaging and less threatening for your audience.

To learn more about this, please go to: SP Tip # 78: Four Ways to Transform Your Presentation into a Conversation

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