Presentation Lessons in Motivation

I came across these 12 presentation lessons you can teach yourself or your team when presenting and I thought of sharing them here.

  1. Passion – This will show if you first and foremost believe with what you’re saying.
  2. Story – What story do you want to tell? It can be short or long but what matters more is that it be riveting and captivating.
  3. Message – What is the ultimate message that you want to convey? What is your mission/vision?
  4.  Audience – Know your audience well so you would know how to treat them. Adjust to them and not the other way around.
  5. Strategic Pause – Pausing is good to allow you to breathe and to allow your audience to digest what you’re saying.
  6. Presence/Poise – Always be aware of this since you ar the one on the spotlight.
  7. Rhetorical devices – You can begin with imagery, then you use  analogy, then repetition and just keep going.
  8. Personalization – Insert a little bit of your personal experiences in there to make you more accessible to your audience.
  9. Tone/Intonation/Rhythm/Pitch Variety – This will make your presentation/speech more lively.
  10. Call to Action – A speech is nothing without it.
  11. Body Language – Haven’t I just shared with you the importance of non-verbal communication?
  12. Movement – The more active you are on stage, the more active the participation of your audience will be too.

These lessons are vital to the success of your speech or presentation. Use them well and see how successful your presentations will turn out to be.

To read more, head to: Motivate Your Team – 12 Presentation Lessons

The Importance of NonVerbal Communication

Being able to communicate well is not just about verbal communication. Non-verbal communication plays a big part too…. actually, a much bigger part. In fact, in NLP or neuro-linguistic programming,  people are taught how to read non-verbal cues as well as how to appropriately give corresponding non-verbal reactions so you can get what you want. If you can master this type of skill, as presenters, you will most likely succeed in getting your audience’s attention and participation which could translate to profit for your business later on.

Fred Miller, in his blog post, Remember: NonVerbal Communication Trumps. . ., says that non-verbal reactions carry more weight than words. Just imagine a speaker saying how excited he is to be talking in front of people, yet he or she doesn’t smile, yawns, and looks pretty bored. Of course the audience will notice this and will end up not listening to the speaker at all.

So the next time you present, be aware of the non-verbal cues you’re exhibiting. Believe in your presentation and act it out well. Use non-verbal cues to convey positive emotions to your audience. Make eye contact, smile when necessary, make hand gestures, move around the stage, and so on, and so forth.

Learn from Fred Miller and see how NonVerbal Communication Trumps Verbal Communication.

2011 Best Communicators (Top 10)

I got this list from decker.com which I want to share here. Here’s our top ten best communicators for 2011 who not only showed great vision and garnered trust, but most importantly, provided real leadership.

  1. Steve Jobs – perhaps the communicator of the decade, or century.
  2. Howard Schultz – the all around business leader/communicator.
  3. Chris Anderson – elevating speech in the TED format.
  4. Virginia Rometty – communicating on the fast track.
  5. Chris Christie – a political poster child for authenticity.
  6. Lady Gaga – speaking out with multi-dimensional creativity.
  7. Warren Buffett – years of consistent communications.
  8. Christine Lagarde – speaking powerfully from the top of the financial world.
  9. Morgan Spurlock – high energy and a distinctive style puts him in his own films.
  10. Andy Rooney – a tribute to creating a unique communications experience.

Decker.com did not only come out with the best list, but wrote down a whole list of the worst communicators as well. Find out more here:

The Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2011

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