Public Speaking Rookie Mistakes

noob-4967343Inexperienced presenters have certain patterns of behavior. When checked early, they can save the presenters a lot of heartaches in the long run. So what are these patterns?

  1. • Using small scale movements and gestures
  2. • Speaking with low energy
  3. • Playing it safe
  4. • Not preparing enough
  5. • Not practicing enough
  6. • Preparing too much material
  7. • Rushing
  8. • Data centric presentations
  9. • Avoiding vulnerability
  10. • Taking themselves way too seriously

If you’re a rookie presenter, do watch out for these things. Learn more about about these things by going to this link: 10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking

10 Design Styles for Your Presentation

design-18043858There are many design styles out there that you can choose from. Below is just an overview of ten design styles according to Connie Malamed, an an instructional designer and author:

  1. Minimalist
  2. Retro
  3. Skeuomorphic
  4. Flat
  5. Metro
  6. Infographic
  7. Big photography
  8. Mix & match typography
  9. Handmade
  10. Grunge

It is important to know these styles so you can try to find yours and use what’s appropriate for your presentations. To know more about this, please head to: What’s your design style?

Quick Tips to Better Your Speech

bridesmaid-giving-speech-11053658There are probably two best tips for good public speaking and these are: 1) to put the audience first and 2) to be yourself. By how does a newbie public speaker do this? Below are some tips that can help:

1) Be passionate. When you have passion for what you do, everything will just flow and your sincerity and credibility will shine through.

2) Stand up straight and look at the audience. This will make you look very confident and at ease.

3) Speak in a strong voice. This is how you should sound which means you are eager and excited about what you are conveying.

To get more ideas about this, please head to:  Short New Tips to Better Speeches


Now Out: Master Presenter

41hSKghkCPL._SL160_There’s a new book out in the market called Master Presenter. It’s a collection of articles from presentation experts all over who have contributed to the Presentationxpert newsletter over the years.

Here, you will find a huge wealth of knowledge pertaining to numerous and valuable topics like design, messaging, PowerPoint techniques, persuasion, media,  delivery, and storytelling. If you’re into presentations, you’ll most likely recognize many of the names on the list.

This book is available on:

Kindle version

Paperback version

To know more about Master Presenter, please head to: New book, Master Presenter, collects lessons from the world’s top presentation experts

Sales Presentation Opener Mistakes

sales-presentation-459665Sales presentations usually open the same way but that doesn’t mean it’s being done right. Below are 3 ways presenters usually practice to open their sales presentations which shouldn’t be the case:

1. Social chit-chat – This usually happens before the start of a presentation to build rapport with the participants but this is actually a waste of time.

2. Thanking the prospect – This actually puts you in a submissive position which is not good for your credibility.

3. Talking about your company – This is perhaps the worst mistake. Remember that your presentation is about and for the benefit of your audience.

The list goes on

To understand more about this, please head to: 3 Sales Presentation Openers to Avoid

Webinars as Presentation Venues

webinar-laptops-around-word-14679028If you’re a public presenter or speaker, it is not only on live speaking engagements that you can share your knowledge and speak in front of an audience. You can do so online through webinars too. It is a good venue to practice your presentation and speaking skills as well as a great medium to convey your message whether you’re advocating something or selling a product or service.

But first things first. You have to know the basics of this latest trend we call webinars or seminars done online.

On Ellen Finkelstein’s post, you will find out:

  • What a webinar is
  • How webinars work
  • How webinars are different from live speaking & training
  • Why you might want to use them
  • How they’re changing now

Find out more by heading to this link: Extend your reach as a speaker or trainer with webinars

Flipping a Presentation

Sometimes, when you present, you want to be as detailed as possible. In most cases, putting everything on your slide must be avoided but if it’s really necessary, particularly for technical presentations, then you have another choice — Flip it!

How do you flip a presentation?

presentation-flip-chart-tripod-22308197Basically, you utilize the Notes pane of the presentation. In summary, this is what the slide might look like.

Here are the steps:

  1. For each slide, cut the main content (Ctrl + X) , click in the Notes pane, and paste (Ctrl + V).

  2. Now, design simple, visual slides that people can understand and remember. Use the slides for the main principles and conclusions. The result is a document that includes conceptual presentation slides plus all of the details.

  3. Choose File (or Office button), Print.

  4. In 2010 and 2013, under Settings, click the down arrow to the right of Full Page Slides and choose Notes Pages. Below, you can see what it looks like. Everyone will see both the slides and the details.

  5. Print or save to PDF.

For more detailed information about this, please head to: The flipped presentation

Why are presentation handouts usually set aside and forgotten?

leaflet-stock-19798457It has become a habit for most of us that right after attending an inspiring talk or seminar, we tend to promise ourselves to go back to the handouts given and refer to them every now and then. But what happens is, these handouts slowly find their way to our bookshelves and in time forgotten that they ever existed. Why is this so? Well, here are three reasons for this:

  1. Information overload. When you’re taking the seminar, you digest the information over time, and it all makes sense. When looking back at the manual without context or story, it’s often difficult to remember what it all means.

  2. Text, text, and more text. It’s sometimes difficult to be inspired to read a lot of dense, printed information without meaningful visuals.

  3. U-G-L-Y… Ugly. Plain and simple, it’s just not fun to look at something that doesn’t look good.

Now that we know what makes these handouts inevitably forgotten, perhaps we can do something about it to make them more interesting such that the people who attended the seminar will refer to these things every so often.

To find out more about what can be done, please head to this post: 6 Top Tips for Creating Memorable Handouts & Manuals by Steve Cherches

How to Intrigue Your Audience

intrigue-2793057We all want our presentations to be interesting, intriguing and captivating, right? Sometimes, it’s not enough to just know by heart what we’re going to tell our audience. Sometimes, you can use certain techniques to make your presentations more intriguing.

One way to do this is to organize your content in such a way that your audience will want to know more. How do you do this? Well, PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein gave an example in her blog post Intrigue your audience. It goes like this:

Did you know? (some fact or statistic. Some problem that costs time or money)
Did you know? (a second fact or problem)
Did you know? (a third one)
What if? Imagine (here you present the ideal solution)
You don’t have to imagine it; we’ve created it!

This is the problem-solution structure. By doing this, your audience can be easily intrigued and then persuaded! There are other techniques as well.

Find out more by reading her post: Intrigue your audience