5 tips on how to establish credibility when you’re the only woman in the room

We live in the 21st century, yet, gender bias and discrimination still happen. There are still situations when a woman still needs to establish her credibility especially when presenting in a room filled with men. How does one do it? Here are five useful tips you can do:

  1. Don’t give your credibility up in the first place: Don’t apologize too much or tell jokes that degrade you or your fellow women.
  2. Target the decision-maker: You have to know who the decision-maker in the room is and try to build a rapport with him.
  3. Find out what you do have in common with the guys: Find a common ground.
  4. Jump right in: You can do this by asking questions.
  5. Know your personality preference: By taking the Myers-Briggs assessment (or a similar one), you can find out what your personality preference is and use this information to help you communicate.

 How about you? What do you do to establish your credibility as a woman presenter?

Find out more here.

Eight simple tips to a good first presentation

Speakers do get better with practice. However, if you’re a first time presenter, and  you want a bit of a shortcut, here are some tips on how you can avoid mistakes during your presentation:
  1. Know your presentation well enough that you don’t need to read it.
  2. Move away from the lectern to appear more open to your audience.
  3. Tell your audience what to notice when you use videos.
  4. You might even stop the video part way to draw attention to an important point.
  5. After the video review the message.
  6. If you take them to an emotional low – be sure to bring them up immediately after.
  7. Close your presentation. Don’t just end it.
  8. Demonstrate that you care about your audience.

These are the lessons learned from one disastrous presentation. Now that you have an idea, at least you won’t be as awful and you’ll hopefully do good on your first try. Read more about what happened and where did these tips come from: Presentation Train Wreck: Avoid These Mistakes

Music and Presentations

Since the beginning of December, I’ve been playing Christmas tunes on my PC which allows me to work without interruption. For some reason, Christmas tunes in the background make me more focused and engaged with what I am doing. Then I read this post about how music is being used by motivational speakers to rev up the energy level of their audiences. If they want their audience to feel excited about an activity, they tend to play rock music; if they want their audience to actively participate in a writing or a group exercise, they play slow music; and so on and so forth.

Dr. Concetta Tomaino, director of the institute for Music and Neurologic Function said that, “Once the emotional link to music is established, our neurological reactions are profound.”  This is because the human brain creates hard-wired responses to specific circumstances which are accessed and repeated when listening to the music. This is also why music can help change our mood from bad to good, from bored to excited, and vice versa.

The next time you talk or present, try to play some music. You could do it before your actual presentation, when you want your participants to feel excited about the seminar; you can do it during a group activity; you can do it at the end. Choose the kind that will help you achieve your desired results and see it happen.

For more info on this, head to: What Every Motivational Speaker Knows That You Don’t

Clothing do’s and don’ts for public speakers

Did you know that there are so many things to be considered when dressing up for a public speaking gig?  It’s not just a matter of dressing up better than your audience or dressing up in suit to convey authority. It goes beyond that. Below are some recommendations you should consider:

  1. Dress like your audience is dressed
  2. But you should also dress better than your audience
  3. Beware of the public speaking clothing taboos
  4. Plan for clothing malfunctions and mishaps
  5. Know when it’s okay to go against the grain
  6. Other speaker clothing considerations

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. But perhaps, the best tip there is is to always wear a smile.

For more details, head to How to Dress for Public Speaking