The 5 Laws of Presentation

I may have mentioned some of these laws here but this is the first time I’ve encountered someone saying that these are LAWS and these are NOT OPTIONAL.  If before, I’ve shared with you suggestions and tips on how to be a successful presenter and speaker, well now, Fred E. Miller of predicts that if you follow these 5 presentation laws, then yor next presentation and public speaking engagement will be NO SWEAT!

Here hey are:

  1. Know your “Stuff!” – You should be the expert on your subject.
  2. Know how to Present. – Be proficient in all components of communication be it verbal or non-verbal.
  3. Be Audience Centered. – The presentation is not about the speaker but about the audience.
  4. Practice – Practice – Practice – to make perfect!
  5. Speak! – Speak! – Speak! – Seek out speaking opportunities.

To get a more detailed explanation of these laws, head to: The Five Laws of Presentation.

No-no in Presentations

No one wants to be a part of a terrible presentation. To help you avoid that pitfall, here’s a summary of five things you should remember:

1. Don’t Be Disorganized  – One way to make you more organized in your presentation is to “begin with the end in mind”, like what Stephen Covey said in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This means, know what your objectives are. What do you want to accomplish and what do you want your audience to learn. Start there.

2. You Are Not Your Presentation – There are presenters who, because of knowing how great they are, tend to put all these things in their head and grow very arrogant and narcissistic. They forget that the whole point of the presentation is to impart expertise and wisdom to their audience. It’s all about the audience and not about you, the presenter. Remember that.

3. Don’t Overwhelm Your Audience – Because you know your presentation by heart, it doesn’t mean that your audience will immediately absorb everything you said. Do it slowly but direct to the point. Don’t overwhelm them with too much information all at once.

4. Never Say You’re Sorry – Though it’s okay to apologize if you realized you made a mistake, don’t do it profusely by explaining where you went wrong. Just simply move on and do it right the next time around.

5. Don’t Fold Under Questioning – Do this by rephrasing the question to make sure you understood it and invite  the rest of your audience to find the answer with you. Admit if you don’t know the answer.

All these tips came from the blog post, 5 Things You Should Never Do in a Presentation. Click the link for more details.

Download the Indezine Halloween Kit

I’m not sure if any of you know this but I am such a fan of Halloween! It’s actually my favorite time of the year (then there’s Christmas, then Summer) and while blog hopping, I was so happy to find out about the Indezine Halloween Kit!  It’s like opening a box of candy goodies while I was reading about it.  It contains:

  • PowerPoint Halloween Theme / Template
  • Scary Font
  • Professional Silhouette Clips
  • Scrapbook Style Embellishments
  • Halloween Pictures
  • Sample Halloween Slide

Here’s more:

“The Indezine Halloween Kit is a self-contained set of content that provides everything you need to create picture slides for PowerPoint. This kit contains a Halloween PowerPoint Theme, a scary font, some silhouette pictures, scrapbook style embellishments, some pictures, and even a few sample slides.

Use this kit as a starting point to create your own picture slides! Then you can email your creations, or share them as a movie clip using PowerPoint 2010’s Save and Send | Create a Video option. You can also upload the presentation to online sharing sites such as SlideShare, myBrainshark, authorSTREAM, SlideBoom, SlideShark — or upload a converted video to video sharing sites such as YouTube”

So what are you waiting for? Download it now! The Indezine Halloween Kit is free!

Five Ways to Maximize Your Speech

As a public speaker, in order for you to get more mileage for your speeches, you can actually adapt five ways to increase your audience both offline and online:

  1. Adapt your speech into a presentation by using PowerPoint, Keynote, SlideRocket, or SlideShare.
  2. Have it printed on a magazine to add to your credibility.
  3. Put it as a video on YouTube, the third most visited website in the world.
  4. Put it up as an article on your Website / Blog for fun or profit.
  5. Discussion on Facebook, LinkedIn, PR-Log, or other Social Media Site because meaningful and purposeful content can impact the planet.

It can also be the other way around. Your speech may have started out as an article on your blog which you turned into a speech. However it started, it’s good to maximize its full potential by turning it further into these five ways above. Doing so will not only widen your audience base, but it will also give you more credibility which then transforms into more profit.

For more information, read the guest blog post of  Kevin Lerner, Five Uses for One Speech.

Shakespeak – creating mobile interaction during presentations!

The other day, I shared with you here about the new breed of audience that is rising called the “Social Cyborg“. On that post, I received a comment suggesting a tool presenters can use to enhance their interaction with their audience, which is perfect for interacting with these social cyborgs too.

This tool is called Shakespeak. It is a device that enables all kinds of audience, whether social cyborg or not, whether outspoken or not, whether difficult or not, to ask questions, vote, and comment during presentations. This way, you, as the speaker or presenter can enhance your interaction with the audience and you end up with a better prsentation that your audience will remember.

Watch this introductory video to give you a better idea:

What do you think?

What to do when the audience gets difficult?

Even if you are the best presenter in the world, you still cannot please everybody. And for those of you who are still in the process of honing your speaking and presentation abilities, what do you do when your audience gets difficult by asking you challenging questions? What if the questions attack you as a speaker? What do you do? It may not happen while you’re on stage. Perhaps, you get confronted after your talk, or during a small group discussion or a meeting. How do you remain professional?

The Eloquent Woman discusses these points on her blog but let me share with you the basic points:

  1. Make sure you heard correctly.
  2. Ask questions instead of retorting.
  3. Depersonalize.
  4. Listen, listen and listen again.
  5. Call a truce.

It always pays to be professional and graceful. For more details about this, please head to:

From the vault: Stay civil, but disagree with your audience

We Need a New Kind of Presentation

In today’s world where there isn’t much distinction anymore between the virtual world and the real world, and where social media and digital devices have become ubiquitous, the landscape of doing presentations have definitely changed.  Our audiences are changing and if presenters and speakers don’t adapt to the way audiences absorb and communicate information,  these presenters may just be extinct.

Ellen Finkelstein asked us in her blog post, is the presentation dead? She tells us about the “new species of learner that we call the ‘Social Cyborg.” Who are they? They are usually the young ones who live and breathe social networks and information technology in their everyday lives. The way they function, learn, solve problems are way different from those of the older generations.  By knowing how they function as a new breed of homo sapiens, presenters and speakers can tap into this well of information and use that to enhance the way presentations are given.

Head to Ellen Finkelstein’s blog for more information: Is the Presentation Dead?

How Do You Prepare for a Presentation?

I’ve shared with you some tips before on how you can prepare for your presentation. These tips mostly deal with preparations weeks and months in advance. But how about on the few days leading up to your big day? What do you do? More importantly, what should you do?

Here is a sample timeline you can use as you approach the date and hour of your presentation:

  1. The Night Before – finish your rehearsal early and try to relax.
  2. The morning of your presentation – eat a good breakfast and make sure you’re properly hydrated to keep your energy levels up.
  3. The minutes before your presentation – mingle with your audience to help you feel more at ease with them.
  4. The seconds before your presentation – smile, breathe and deliver your first few words confidently.
  5. During your presentation – smile, make contact with your audience and be aware of the speed with which you are speaking.
  6. After your presentation – reward yourself for a job well done.

To learn more tips on what you can do as you approach the day of your presentation, head to: Preparing for a presentation or speech – Part 2

Do You Know the Types of Audience Tension?

As a speaker or presenter, you must be sensitive enough to know the kinds of tension your audience goes through as they try to focus on your speech, and more importantly, to be able to address those tensions so you can be sure that they will be able to take with them the lessons  you intended to share with them in the first place .

Here are the six kinds of audience tension I learned from Rich Hopkins today:

  1. Audience v. Presenter
  2. Audience v. Audience
  3. Audience v. Materials
  4. Audience v. Environment
  5.  Audience v. Technology
  6. Audience v. Themselves

The goal of knowing these kinds of audience tension is to be able to hold your audience long enough for them to stay focused and engaged. Learn the details of these types of audience tension on Rich Hopkins’ blog post:
Types of Audience Tension or A Review from an Evening with Ed Tate

Using Mnemonic Devices During Presentations

The audience is so hard to please these days. It’s like you have to be a very brilliant speaker (like perhaps Steve Jobs and J.K. Rowling) before you can captivate your audience to make sure that they are listening to you 100%. The sad truth is, audience nowadays seem to have  short attention span. As a speaker,  you must remember that your audience will always have a lot of other things going on for them.  Like what the accidental communicator said on his blog post: “They simply don’t have time to remember everything that you’re telling them because they’ve got so much else going on.”

However, there may be a way around to this. Why not use mnemonic devices? They’re fun, creative,  engaging and memorable! Using them will act as tools for your audience to remember the important points you raised during your presentation.  Find out more about this by heading to: Mnemonic Devices Come To The Aid Of Public Speakers