How to Properly Present Technical Information

Below are ten excellent tips made especially for those who have technical information to share with their audience and want to ensure that the same audience will be able to digest most of the data and won’t lose interest .

1 – Explain Your Key Points and Structure

2 – Rehearse

3 – Use Your Notes in the Right Way

4 – Make Eye Contact

5 – Focus on Key Points Rather than Displays

6 – Persuade, Rather Than Dictate

7 – Leave Room for Questions and Answers

8 – Move and Gesture

9 – Don’t Overload Audiences

10 – Provide the Right Context

Read more here:  Speakers: Tips and Advice for. . . Presenting Information

Speakers Corner Shares How to be a Motivational Speaker (10 Tips)

We can never get enough of good tips on how to be a good speaker, especially if it’s about motivating or compelling people to do what you want them to do. Below are ten tips from Speakers Corner on how to do just that:

1. Know Your Subject – It is important that you be a specialist or expert on your subject. When you’re credible, you can inspire and motivate more people.

2. Be Flexible – Be adaptable to last minute changes and plans.

3. Be Honest – Be truthful about your abilities and the kinds of topics you are prepared to talk about.

4. General Public Speaking Skills – This skill can be developed over time so keep on practicing and always be open to feedback.

5. Be Passionate – Even if you keep talking about the same thing to different sets of audiences, with passion, each speech will always feel exciting and your message will shine through.

6. Be Prepared – This applies not just to your speaking abilities but to getting everything ready as well — the venue, the food, props, etc.

7. Know Where You Can Go for Advice – As you establish yourself in the public speaking industry, it would help if you have a speaker bureau or agency to go to to help build your client list and promote your services and skills.

8. Know Your Audience – By having an idea what your audience is like, you’ll avoid embarrassing cultural anecdotes and instead make your speech more interesting for them.

9. Refine Your Act – Practice makes perfect so keep on practicing and throw away those that didn’t work for you in the past.

10. Market Yourself Well – Take advantage of blogs, social media sites and adverts.

For more insights on this matter, please head to: 10 Tips for becoming a good motivational speaker (Guest Post from Speakers Corner)

Where to Look for Your Next Speech?

Are you running out of ideas where you can find the next topic for your speech? Well, here are 5 easy places where you might find a good topic in case you haven’t already thought of them:

1. The Internet. Obviously! Enjoy your surfing, but let it wander along the lines of the main aim of your speech. Your social network stream may also be a good place to look at.

2. Books. Review your old books. See if you may have missed some ideas. Try visiting bookstores too and spend time in that section of the bookstore that has something to do with your speech. An inspiration may strike you.

3. Magazines. Again, you are reading these already. Look at them from the slant of your speech.

4. People. Get out of your comfort zone and talk to people who may have something to do with your speech.

5. Your own experiences. Using your own life and its stories is one of the most powerful tools of public speaking.

Read more here:  Five easy ways to find content for your speeches

 

25 More Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Presentation

Here are some more ways to help you calm your nerves when you’re up there speaking in front of many people or when you’re about to give the biggest presentation of your life.

1. Prepare. Need I say more?

2. Practice. Even the greatest speakers out there practice long hours to perfect their speeches. So should you.

3. Check out the Room. You wouldn’t want any surprises.

4. Read the Room. Arrive early and introduce yourself to some of the people in the audience minutes before you start your presentation. This will make you feel more calm and familiar with your audience.

5. “Seed” the Audience. Ask your friends, associates, or colleagues to attend your talk so you can focus on their faces when the going gets tough up there on stage.

6. Remember the audience is on your side. 90% of the time, the audience is always rooting for you to succeed.

7. Do breathing exercises. I’ll explain this later further in details.

8. Listen to your favorite music or to songs that calm your nerves. For some speakers, the sound of nature is very calming like birds chirping or sound of the ocean.

9. Visualization. Every great person, athlete, performer out there visualizes the kind of outcome they want to experience and  this applies to you too.

10. Body Movement. Shake those hands  and feet and wiggle that body of yours. This will warm you up and and relax your mind and your nerves.

11. Body Movement, Pt. II. You can do some shadow boxing too or some push ups.

12. Do Sit-Ups. The most effective way to utilize this approach prior to speaking is to “crunch” and release the abdominal muscles while standing.

13. Put the Pressure Elsewhere. You do this by making your presentation more interactive.

14. Be Caffeine Free. Also, avoid salty food before presenting. They will just make your mouth dry. Try to eat a light meal as well. Eating heavily before a presentation will just worsen the butterflies in your stomach.

15. Utilize Props. By having a properly placed water bottle and well-timed break can draw attention back to the presenter and “reset” the audience.

16. Work on your Open. The first few minutes of your presentation can make or break you so make sure those first few minutes count.

17. The Restroom. Use it 15 mins before you go on stage to warm up, listen to music and gather your thoughts.

18. Anxiety…Interrupted. It’s five minutes before your big presentation and you’re getting all sweaty and anxious. Think of a random number and count backwards… this will interrupt the mounting anxiety in your system.

19. Anxiety…Distracted. If the counting backwards don’t work, recite the alphabet backwards instead. This is still another exercise in thought process disruption.

20. Remember the reality. Experience of various speakers and presenters show that you are always more nervous than you appear so just try to relax and forget about your nerves.

21. Remember the reality, Pt. II. 99.9% of the time, whatever nightmare you envision for your presentation does not always come true.

22. Breathing Exercise # 1:  Three Deep Belly Breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

23. Breathing Exercise #2: Ujjaiy Breathing – Also known as Oceanic or Victorious Breathing. Just like #22, but here your mouth stays closed.

24. Breathing Exercise #3: Alternate Nostril Breathing Technique. Inhale with your right nostril then exhale with your left nostril then vice versa.

25. Use Notes: Memorization + anxiety = poor performance. Use index cards and memorize only the most important points.

 

For more insights on this matter, please head to: Public Speaking: 25 Tips to Calm Your Nerves

Five More Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Nerves

Here are five more short and quick things you can do to shoo away those butterflies just before or during your public speaking gig:

1. Take a deep breath. This will allow more oxygen into your system which helps quell panic and doubts.

2. Bluff. Try to look confident by standing tall, smiling , and looking happy. Even if you don’t exactly feel confident at first, acting like it will trick your brain to thinking you are.

3. Keep your mouth and throat hydrated. Have a bottle of water handy.

4. Gently press the bony points of your forehead. Your anxiety is caused by adrenalin rushing to the base of your skull.  Pressing the bony points of your head will bring the blood to the parts of your brain that cater to giving a good speech.

5. Know that you are prepared. You can only pull this off if you are really prepared. So take all the time you need to prepare your speech weeks before. Memorize those important parts and those parts that you might think you’d forget. Practice, practice, practice.

 

For more insight on this matter, please head to: Five tips for overcoming public speaking nerves

 

4 Ways to Eradicate Unnecessary Moves When You Speak in Public

Whether you’re a newbie presenter / public speaker or a seasoned one,  some of you may be exhibiting nonverbal moves which you are not aware of and which are distracting for your audience. How do you cure these unconscious moves? Below are four tactics that you can use.

1. Know what you’re doing – Try being conscious of your movements while you are there on stage speaking in front of an audience. But if you really find it hard to be conscious of your actions all the time, you can ask someone to record on video a few of your presentations or public speaking gigs. This way, you’ll have a concrete evidence as to how you act while speaking in front of many people.

2. Review video soon – Review the videos as soon as possible and from there you will be able to learn what are those moves that look unnecessary and distracting for your audience.

3. Know why you’re doing it – As you review your videos, try to understand why you made those unnecessary movements or gestures. Were you nervous at that time? Did you forget what you were supposed to say next? Were you uncomfortable? Knowing why you made those movements in the first place will help you deal with them and soon eradicate those unnecessary moves.

4. Find a substitute – It’s easier to unlearn an unwanted or unnecessary gesture by replacing it with a better and more appropriate one. Then practice your speech using these new moves and soon you’ll be on your way to totally eradicating those moves that don’t help you at all.

For more insights on this matter, please head to: “How do I correct the unconscious moves I make when I speak?”: 4 tactics

6 Secrets of Newbie Presenters

Being a newbie speaker is not so bad. Sometimes, it’s even advantageous because they have something that seasoned speakers don’t. Actually, they have 6 secrets that more experienced speakers don’t get to take advantage of anymore. Here they are:

1. No bad habits to unlearn – Truth be told, it is oftentimes harder to unlearn bad habits than to learn new ones. So get training as soon and as fast as you can before you develop the wrong speaking habits.

2. A healthy respect for the audience – As newbie speakers, they take into consideration what their audiences feel, perhaps because it hasn’t been too long since they’ve been part of the audience themselves.

3. The appropriate level of nervousness – Because newbie speakers and presenters haven’t had much experience yet, they tend to prepare more which is good and which seasoned speakers should continue to practice too.

4.  A willingness to prepare – In consonance to no.3, newbie speakers are always very willing to prepare which seasoned speakers more often than not overlook or skip. You should remember that preparation is always key to giving great presentations and speeches no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.

5. The honesty to admit what you don’t know – Newbie speakers don’t bother pretending to know everything hence they get insights and learning from admitting that they don’t know something.

6. A seemly reticence –There’s a certain modesty that exudes from newbie speakers which makes them care about their audience more than themselves.

For more insight on this matter, please head to: 6 secret advantages of the newbie public speaker