Three Things to Remember When Telling a Story

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever been told by anyone that you don’t know how to tell a story? Or that you suck at it? That it felt like your story would never end? Well, fret not. There’s a simple formula you can follow to make sure that you at least tell a story in a coherent manner.

All you have to do is to be aware of these three parts:

1. Beginning – This is where you introduce the main character.

2. Middle – This is where the main character encounters an obstacle, a conflict or tension.

3. End – This is where the tension gets resolved.

That’s the basic framework. Just follow that and you can build up any story you’d like to share with your audience. For more information, check out this post: How to Tell a Story

Three Things You Must Give Your Audience When You Speak

college-student-speech-pretty-indian-female-giving-lecture-hall-41038863When making a speech or presentation, you must always put your audience in mind. Remember, it’s always about them, not you.

Below are three things you have to give your audience all the time no matter what kind of speech or presentation you make.

CLARITY

To be effective in conveying your message to your audience, always say it clearly.

BREVITY

Be brief, concise and straight to the point. Don’t drag your speech. You will lose your audience.

ENGAGEMENT

Make your audience think differently and act decisively.

For more insight about this, please head to this link: What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

When to Pause During a Presentation

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Knowing when to pause during a presentation or speech is important if you want to effectively deliver your message to your audience. So below are three important points to remember when it comes to pausing:

  1. Build them in to your speaking in order to appear genuinely interested in the audience – Make  your speech or presentation conversational no matter how well-rehearsed you are. Make it sound natural as if you are having a conversation to your audience. This way, pausing will come naturally too, as if you’re waiting for the other party to reply or comment to what you’re saying during appropriate moments.
  2. The second most important way to use pauses comes at the very beginning of the speech – Pausing before the start of your speech will allow for a bit of a dramatic effect and will help your audience focus more on you and what you’re going to say.
  3. The third most important way to use pauses is whenever you make a key point – To make sure that your audience has heard and understood your key point, pause and look at them in the eyes. This way you’ll see their reaction and if they have indeed understood what you were trying to convey.

For more insights on when to make pauses, please head to this link: The Three Most Important Times to Pause in a Presentation

3 Things to Keep In Mind When Presenting

goals-female-hand-writing-numbered-list-chalk-blackboard-44989416Happy New year, everyone!

As we move forward on our presentation goals this 2015, here are 3 things to always keep in mind to make your speech or presentation much much better than the previous year:

1. The Story

People love to hear stories. We shouldn’t just dump information to our audience, we should tell them great tales that are of value to them.

2. The Delivery

No matter how good the story you want to tell is, if you don’t know how to deliver it properly, it will just be put to waste. In this case, the cliche applies “practice makes perfect”.

3. The Community

You won’t be a public speaker or presenter if there is no group of people willing to be your audience. So take care of your community and always make your presentations about them.

By keeping these three things in mind, you will be sure to have better public speaking gigs this year.  Fior more insight, please head to this link: The Public Speaker’s To-Do List for 2015

 

5 Tips to Improve Your Presentations in 2015

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Would you like to improve your presentations and speeches this coming year 2015? Below are five tips:

(1) Turn off the computer.
All ideas come from the head and from there, they must be taken out and put in writing, better yet, put them on the wall and spread them out on the table so you can easily see them all and thresh them out.

(2) Put the audience first.
When your stories are done well, they really become the stories of your audience. Whatever message you want to convey, your audience should be able to resonate with them.

(3) Have a solid structure.
The structure you make won’t be visible to your audience but it will make all the difference when you build the narrative of your story.

(4) Have a clear theme.
Make your message very clear. What do you want your audience to remember? Make sure that they do.

(5) Remove the nonessential.
Be ruthless when cutting out the non-important details of your presentation.

These are just 5 of the things you can do to improve your content marketing. There are more if you head to this link: 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

Presentation: 3 Kinds

meeting-presentation-3218865There are 3 kinds of presentations that you might not still be aware of. They are:

  1. Stage show – This presentation is a live, stand up presentation where the speaker introduces a new concept or idea to the audience.
  2. Cold call – Typically, this refers to an email attachment or link to a website that will help grab the attention of an uninterested recipient.
  3. Decision document – This one contains a budget, a plan, a strategy, etc. which needs to be agreed upon among its members or a number of people.

Once you know what kind of presentation you’re doing, then you can tailor fit the appropriate type of slides you can use for it.

For more details about this, please head to: THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS

 

3 Tips on How to Be a Strong Speaker

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Like anything in life, it takes practice to be great at something and this includes being a strong speaker.

So how does one become a strong speaker? Below are three tips you can apply to help you become more confident and strong when presenting or speaking in public:

1. Avoid using phrases that convey to the audience that the information you are telling them is coming from you. You do this when you use “just” phrases, for example, “I just thought”, “I just want to say”, etc.

2. Avoid looking surprised. A strong speaker knows his speech inside-out. There should be no surprises. So avoid saying words like “actually…”

3. Avoid diminishing the value of what you are saying. Don’t use phrases like “It just occurred to me…”, “I’m not sure but…” and the likes.

To get more insights on how to become a strong speaker, please head to this link: 3 Ways To Become A Strong Speaker