5 Movement Tips on Stage When Presenting

siedlce-poland-march-dancers-luz-dance-theatre-perform-stage-podlasie-theatre-march-siedlce-poland-29822856If you’re going to present to a live audience any time soon and you’d like to find out how to maximize the stage or make your stage presence felt in such a way that your audience will get more engaged, here are five tips you can follow:

  1. Make your main point from the middle because this is the power position. Go back to this position whenever you’re stressing a point.
  2. Move to the left and right, like from left to right for instance, which is the direction of the passage of time especially when sharing something in chronological order. 
  3. Walk forward when emphasizing something.
  4. Move into your audience’s space to increase their trust and grab their attention.
  5. Analyze your movement. Record yourself on video and review your movement from start to finish so you can correct your flaws.

Do these tips wisely. By doing purposeful movements on stage, your speech will become persuasive and memorable. To get more insights on this matter, head over to: 5 tips for taking full advantage of stage space

Persuasive vs. Informative Presentation

???????????????????????????????????????When we give presentations, it’s mostly either an informative one or a persuasive one. What’s the difference? And are there similarities? Read on…

Persuasive presentations are typically used when you’re selling a product or a service or trying to convince your audience to do something. Presentations like this evoke emotions to trigger something in the audience that will make  them buy your product or hire your service.

Informative presentations, on the other hand, are usually for training and education purposes. It may involve a little bit of persuasion at first but typically this is when the presenter would want his or her audience to remember the data or facts being given.

So when you present, know first what you’re goal is. Are you trying to inform or are you trying to persuade? To know more about this, please head to:

The difference between a persuasive and an informative presentation

TED Speaker Ron Finley and His Three Public Speaking Methods

6252310a14e8c9ac62c908bdc8cef8f07d0f125b_389x292Ron Finley recently delivered a powerful speech during TED 2013 which captivated the audience and earned him a standing ovation. You can do this too by following his three public speaking techniques.

Tip #1 – Be patient while building your presentation. Give yourself lots of time to be creative and let your tap of insight flow.

Tip #2 – Invest the time to create the nuggets … those little gems that your audience will carry away with them and remember.

Tip #3 – Your story is your story. Don’t give anyone the license to make yours wallpaper paste.

To know more about these powerful techniques, please head to:

Three Powerful Public Speaking Techniques used by TED speaker Ron Finley

Two Things You Need to Know About PowerPoint 2013

powerpoint-tips-2-powerpoint-2013-secrets-1Ellen recently gave a webinar about upgrading to PowerPoint 2013. During the event, she explained all the new features PowerPoint 2013 has to offer as well as how to use them. In the webinar, she discussed 2 features that are very difficult which is why she decided to share them on her blog.

These 2 features are:

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To know the details on how to use these features in PowerPoint 2013, please head to: 2 PowerPoint 2013 secrets

Turn Presentations Into Powerful Stories

1324369230036TYrOur brain can only accommodate so many things at a time. So if you give your audience lists or a bunch of ideas, they’ll be able to remember only about 7 plus or minus 2 things of what you presented. What you do to make your audience remember your presentation is to attach emotions to your presentation. In other words, tell powerful stories.

There are 5 kinds of stories you can tell and which audience find irresistible:

  • Quest
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Rags to Riches
  • Revenge
  • Love Story

All these types of stories will make you jump right into the deeper parts of their brain where emotions work together with memory so your audience will be able to remember your presentation better. When they hear your story, especially when told well, they will compare it with those that they’ve already heard or experience and log them into their long term memory.

To find out more about how to do this, please head to:

How do you take an ordinary presentation and turn it into a powerful story?



How to tell your boss you need training in presentation skills

Sometimes, even when information about how to create powerful and effective presentations abound, some presenters continue to stick to their old ways of presenting even if it’s obvious that their audience hates it and worse, does not help bring in sales to their company. So how would you convince your executives for instance that presenters will have to undergo some sort of presentation skills training in order to make their company presentations better and more effective?

In this blog post, How to convince executives that presenters 1324339399c6L5bbneed presentation skills training, Ellen teaches us some things you can do. Here are a few of them:

1. Point to recent failures so they are made aware that the current way of presenting is not working.
2. Explain the research. Back it up with facts.
3. Show before and after examples. This will let them see for themselves that there are better ways of doing things.

For more information about this, head to Ellen’s blog post:
How to convince executives that presenters need presentation skills training

Use Persuasion and Emotion When Training People

When it comes to training people, persuasion and emotion play an important role to get the results you need and the effect you desire for your employees, trainees or people. Persuasion and emotion are not only best left to sales and proposal presentations but they contribute a lot to training too. For instance, you can reward employees who follow the rules or who did something good for a customer or did something way beyond their call of duty.

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Know more about it on Ellen’s blog: The role of persuasion and emotion in training

4 Traits of Confident Speakers

???????????????????????????????????????Do you want to know what distinguishes confident speakers from Nervous Nellies? Well, here are 4 traits and strategies that confident speakers employ. Read them and see if you practice them too.

  • Confident speakers are proud. This can be seen by the way they stand.  The confident speaker is aware of the positive impact of strong posture on others and expresses their personal pride through posture.
  • Confident speakers are compassionate. They pay attention to the audience as a person, not a crowd.
  • Confident speakers are spontaneous. Though practice makes perfect, they comfortably adjust the planned speech whenever necessary to make it more relevant and meaningful.
  • Confident speakers are generous. This means being a brave speaker who speaks persuasively and passionately.

To find out more about these traits, please head to:  4 Traits that Distinguish Confident Speakers from Nervous Nellies