Improve Your Performance With These Gestures

body gestureThe way we move and position ourselves can have a huge effect on the way we think and feel. Try these few body gestures and see how it helps you.

Cross Your Arms to Solve Problems

Crossing your arms will make you solve problems better. So if you are stuck with a problem, do this and see how determined you get in solving that problem of yours!

Lie Down to Be More Creative 

When you are lying down, you become your most creative self according to Australia National University professor Dr. Darren Lipnicki. Now who doesn’t wanna lie down and do that? Try it!

Smile to Reduce Stress

When you smile, you signal your brain that whatever it is that you are doing, you are doing it with ease. Try it!

These are just three ways you can apply to help improve your performance. More here: 11 Body Positions and Gestures That Can Improve Your Performance

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Five Presentation Lessons from John Oliver

meeting-presentation-3218865 (1)Below are five lessons we can learn from John Oliver in his show Tonight with John Oliver. Apply these on your own presentation and see how much more engaged your audience will be:

1. Humour works – Life is already too serious. Injecting humor into serious topics (like crime, poverty and the likes) could make your presentation a lot more bearable and interesting.

2. Short and simple – No matter how complicated your topic is, make is short and sweet.

3. Credible information – Always based your claims on facts and proofs.

4. Videos & images – use videos and images to support your presentation and to make it more interesting and engaging.

5. Passion – When you are passionate about what you preach, it will shine through and people will believe you more and see you as more credible.

For more insights about this, please head to: 5 Presentation Lessons from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

 

What Not To Do When Presenting

do-not-sign-handprint-illustration-design-over-white-background-48231766I usually give tips on this blog on what a speaker should do or apply in his speech and presentations to make him look professional, make him effective and more interesting and captivating to the audience. On this post however, let me give you a few quick tips on what NOT to do instead:

  1. Begin your talk or presentation with an agenda slide. It’s unnecessary and your audience doesn’t really care. Instead, say or do something that will grab their attention right from the get-go.
  2. Let your audience hold their questions until the end.
  3. Make visual aids that are hard to process. They take the attention of the audience away from you.
  4. Say sorry. It takes away your power and credibility.
  5. Skip recapping the whole idea of your presentation.

To learn more about this, please head to: 5 other things that presenters should never do…

3 Tips to Becoming a Better Speaker

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  1. Say this phrase over and over and put it to heart: “Thank you for you time. It has been my honor and pleasure to be here today.” Say it and really mean it. 
  2. Skip memorizing your speech word for word. Do an outline instead. Take the message you want to convey to heart. Break down your speech into chunks.
  3. Have others record you as you do your speech so you will know what areas you need to improve on.

For more tips on becoming a better speaker, please head to: 13 Ways You Can Become a Better Speaker Right NOW

 

3 Components of Presenting

can-do-3d-words-positive-attitude-confidence-24550504The three components below are vital to creating impact in your presentations. Make sure that you practice them.

1. Confidence: It doesn’t matter how many audience there are. A public speaker must always exude confidence when in public. This adds to his/her credibility and professionalism.

2. Knowledge: As the saying goes, “knowledge is power”. As a speaker, you should always have something relevant to share to your audience. He or she must know the ins and outs of the topic at hand in order for the audience to see him or her as a person of authority.  

3. Delivery: Don’t overwhelm the audience with the amount of information you show them but rather make them understand your message in a meaningful way that they can resonate with.

To learn more on how you can do these three components of presenting, please head to this post: The Vital Components of Presenting

Five PowerPoint Tips For You

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  1. Make sure that the images you use stand out. They should be relevant which means they support your goal and the message your conveying to your audience. This way, they can easily remember the lesson you’re teaching even long after your presentation is done.
  2. Go for simplicity. The more simple the slides, the better. Avoid using complicated graphs and charts as well as long texts.
  3. Make sure that your audience knows the meaning of the acronyms and difficult terms you use.
  4. Make sure your audience can resonate and relate well with your audience. Don’t just use general photos. If you are talking to a group of teachers, use photos of different schools they know or pictures of the campus where they teach.
  5. Use high resolution for your photos.

These are just five PowerPoint tips. There are more where these came from. Please head to this link to find out more! 30 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint

 

The Best Times to Use a Neutral Face When Presenting

children-facial-expression-28913150Facial expressions are non-verbal expressions and non-verbal expressions comprise most of how we communicate with other people. However, there are times, when a neutral facial expression is best used in order to communicate well with your audience especially when presenting. Here are those times:

1. When answering a question especially one that is confrontational or argumentative, you would want to keep your cool to show that you are in control of the situation. This further shows credibility, maturity and professionalism.

2. When someone gives the wrong answer to a question so you won’t embarrass the person who gave the wrong answer and will encourage others to answer your question.

3. When you are motivating your audience to give different perspectives and opinions.

Remember these three instances. They are the best times to use neutral facial expression. To get more insight on this matter, please head to this link: 3 Places To Use A Neutral Face In Your Presentations