Malala Yousafzai’s Speech Considered to be the Best Speech of 2013

Malala YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai is a young 16 year old lady who addressed the United Nation with a speech considered to be the best speech of 2013. Unfortunately, she was shot in the head in Pakistan less than a year ago because of her outspoken nature and because she wanted to learn. This inspired the world to create an  inspirational advocate for global education.

Malala Yousafzai is touted to be a great global communicator and below are just 6 of the lessons we can all learn from her speech.

  • Practice – She was not “winging it.” She practiced the speech countless times and it showed.
  • Preparation – Malala knew this was her opportunity to deliver a powerful message, and prepared with that in mind.
  • Message Development – There was no mistaking what Malala’s message was. It was not buried in facts, details or statistics. It was relevant, actionable, repeatable, enduring and relevant. (The RARER method)
  • Call to Action – In fact, several direct calls to action. “We call upon ..” was the beginning of six sentences.
  • Pausing – there was no dis-fluency in Malala’s address. None. Why? Malala employed strategic pausing that helped to root out dis-fluency, and also added to the power of her delivery. Key pauses were employed throughout.
  • “Chunking” – Malala was delivering from a written document (I am unsure if it was a prepared text, or notes), but only spoke while looking down once. Instead, she looked down at her written document, captured a “chunk” of what came next, paused, looked up, and delivered it.

To find out more about Malala’s speech and the lessons we can learn from her speech, please head to:  12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013: Malala and Public Speaking 


What Role Do You Play in Presentations?

theaterWhen you present, you fulfill a certain role that you might not be aware of. Maybe, it’s the same role you played before but ideally, that role will depend on the situation, on what your goal is, and what kinds of audience you have.

Below is a list of 5 types of presenter roles you can play when presenting. Which one are you? Or perhaps, you can think of more…

  1. Facilitator – You facilitate the discussion of coming up with a solution to a problem at hand.
  2. Persuader – You influence others to make a decision
  3. Motivator – You motivate your team to take an action plan
  4. Trainer – You train your people to be good at a particular skill
  5. Listener – This does not happen often but when it does, it is usually in cases when the people’s morale is low and you need to listen well to their rants so you can come up with a solution.

What other presenter roles have you played in the past? What has bode well for you? Can you adjust yourself depending on what role needs to be fulfilled at the moment?

For more insight on this matter, please head to: Presenter roles: What role do you play?

Words You Should Never Use When Starting a Sentence

stopThese words listed below are stop words that can sound pretty catchy at first but have the potential of being annoying when done over and over especially when delivering a speech or presentation. So take note of these and try to eradicate them from your vocabulary.

1. So…

2. OK. So…

3. Alright, so…

4. Alright…

5. OK.

6. No offense, but…

7. I think…

8. I feel…

9. Ahem…

10. Just…

Do you have any other stop words you would like to add to this list?

For more insight on this matter, please head to: OK, SO NEVER START A SENTENCE WITH THESE 10 WORDS…

Cropping Images in PowerPoint

croppingCropping pictures in PowerPoint can be great tools for presentations and slides especially if you want to end up with an exact measurement or you want to fit  an image into a predefined space.. Here’s how you do them in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. It’s pretty easy:

  1. Rich-click the image and choose Size and Position. The Size and Position dialog box opens.
  2. On the Size tab, use the Crop From boxes — Left, Right, Top, and Bottom — to crop off the amount you need. Use the Height and Width boxes at the top (in the Size and Rotate section of the dialog box) to figure out how much you need to crop off.
  3. To see the result, click the Close button. You’ll probably need to make a few adjustments to get the result that you want.

For more detailed instructions, please head to:  Crop a picture by an exact measurement in PowerPoint

Improve Your Eye Contact When Presenting: 12 Tips

1163675863Ew2y53Eye contact is essential in communication. We do it daily and naturally when conversing with family and friends. But the moment we speak in front of a large crwod, we seem to forget how. Below are 12 tips you can use to make sure that you maintain good and proper eye contact when speaking in front of many people.

  1. Prepare better.
  2. Avoid eye crutches.
  3. Warm up early to the audience.
  4. Keep the lights on.
  5. Ensure clear sight lines.
  6. Get closer to audience members.
  7. Express emotion with your eyes.
  8. Ensure eye contact as you deliver all critical lines.
  9. Avoid ping-pong.
  10. Sustain eye contact with someone for a few seconds, then move on.
  11. Connect with your audience’s eyes, if possible.
  12. Focus on the audience member during Q&A.

To find out more details on how you can do these tips and produce more and better eye contact, please head to:  Simple Secrets to Improve Your Eye Contact



How to Get People Images for Your Presentation

peopleWhen making presentations, there are times when you need images of people to complete your slide or the story you are conveying to your audience. Below are four useful places where you can get these people images for your presentation:

Take your own photos – Whether you’re in the office or at home, you’ll always find people you can photograph. Ask them nicely and when they oblige, let them fix themselves up first.

Use silhouettes – PowerPoint has an image gallery for this. Use the photos there to show diversity.

Create icons – There are ways to do this in PowerPoint. Read this blog post to learn how: Create iconic people in PowerPoint

Buy photos – There are numerous sites online that sell photos you can use for your presentation if you have a budget. Try out

For more insight on how to go about getting people images for your presentation, please head to: 4 ways to get the right people images

5 Useful Preparation Tips Before Presenting

preparation-fashion-show-28880544Every presentation opportunity is an important one so make sure that you prepare well. Here are 5 things that you can do to make sure that you are able to give your best every single time:

Step 1)  Know your stuff… no really. When you know your stuff, you own your presentation and your audience knows it. It’s also true otherwise.

Step 2)  Never rush the set-up. Doing so will just leave you frazzled and more anxious and this will show on your presentation.

Step 3)  Get comfortable in the setting. If this was a play, it would be the final costume rehearsal. Go through your speech in the actual space or room that you will be using when you do your presentation.

Step 4)  Take a walk. Half an hour before your presentation, go for a walk. This will reduce your anxiety and the oxygen will do your brain some good.

Step 5)  Get relational. Talk to some of your audience before the presentation starts. Seeing that you are relaxed and comfortable around them will increase your credibility in the eyes of your audience.

For more insight about this, please head to:  A 5 Step Pre-presentation Game Plan

How to give a better speech – 3 Tips

female-speaker-28119342You’ve probably heard of these tips before but when it comes to public speaking, it’s always good to learn from the experience of the more seasoned ones. Below are three tried and tested tips you can apply to your next speech, presentation or public speaking stint:

Start Strong:

You have to control how you want to get introduced. First impressions do last and how you come across your audience when you get introduced can color the way your audiences see you when you give your talk.

Your Style Says A Lot About You:

Balance the way you want to project yourself as a professional credible speaker. You’d want to be true to your personal style but at the same time project a trustworthy personality on stage.

It’s Homework Time:

Know your audience so you’d know what they want to learn from you.

For more insight on this matter, please head to:  3 Tips To Transform Your Next Speech Into An Experience For Your Audience