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

 

How Can Introverts Speak Up in Meetings

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’m an introvert myself and at times it really ius hard to speak up in meetings especially when I know I don’t have anything critical or important too say. However, we introverts should know, that in meetings (or any social gathering for that matter), people who speak up, even if they have nothing important to say, tend to be valued more and regarded more than those who don’t. So we better speak up! If we haven’t yet, now is the time to learn.

Below are some phrases we can use to help us ease into the conversation or at least contribute something to the discussion:

I think Jen makes a great point.

Billy, were you going to say something?

Everybody seems to agree that… [repeat what everyone seems to agree on]

Am I the only one here who’d like more time to think this over?

To build on what Jessie just said… [add support or a new detail]

Don’t they sound simple enough?

To get more insights about why and how to do this, please head to: Public Speaking Tip 61: How to Speak Up More in Meetings, Even If You Say Inconsequential Things

How to Make Great Webinars

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Though live presentations are much better than those done on videos, you can still do something about it to make those webinars as closely to being lively and exciting as live ones. Below are things you can do to make your interactive video presentations or webinars interesting:

Bring your own enthusiasmBe as energetic as possible. Since you don’t have a live audience right in front of you to feed off your energy from, you need to give off just the right amount of excitement be able to motivate your audience.

Don’t sit on a slide too long – Don’t talk about a single slide for a long time. It will just bore your audience.

Create some movementUse cheesy animations when and where appropriate.

Audio is a priorityUse high quality microphones that deliver high quality audio. Audio is of utmost importance when doing webinars, even more so important than the quality of the video.

Practice your timingRehearse well and keep a timer.

To get more insights about these tips, please head to: How to create a great webinar or a presentation for a video

How to Better Your Presentations – 10 Tips

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????There are a lot of ways you can do to better your presentations. These ten tips below are from Presentationzen.com. They sound really valuable and I thought it’s best to share these tips here:

(1) Turn off the computer. This way, you minimize distractions. Don’t rely on your computer for the outline of your presentation.

(2) Put the audience first. The story your telling your audience, in essence, is really their story. It should be what they need. Focus on that.

(3) Have a solid structure. It can be simple, it can be complicated. The point is it will help you build the narrative.

(4) Have a clear theme. Be clear about what you want to convey and what you want to stick to your audience.

(5) Remove the nonessential. Only use what is essential to the story.

These are just five tips. Read the rest here: 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

 

How to Recover When You Freeze on Stage

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Things won’t always go smoothly as planned when we do our presentations or speak in public. Despite the fact that we’ve practiced enough, sometimes, fear get the better of us and we bomb on stage. What do we do to recover? Here are some tips:

1. Take stock and pivot. Try to see what’s wrong. Do your audience seem bored? If you’re doing a sales presentation and you already got the buy-in of the client, quickly head to the close.

2. Breathe. Stay calm. Smile. And NEVER PANIC.

3. Summarize. To buy time, summarize what you’ve already said.

4. Use a pattern interrupt. Do something unexpected to bide time such that your audience won’t even notice you’ve lost your train of thought.

These are just 4 tips. There’s more if you head to this link: What To Do When You Bomb On Stage

How to Deal with Presentations in a Hurry

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Did you ever experience having been asked to present something at a moment’s notice? How did you feel? Did you panic? Were you still able to come up with a good presentation?

One thing that you can do in order to be ready when a situation like this pops up is to have a global structure for your presentation, a general framework or outline that can work for all kind of presentation. Here’s an example:

  1. Introduction
  2. Mission/ Vision
  3. Introduce others as appropriate
  4. State a general structure for the meeting
  5. Start with 3 main points that you’ll cover
  6. Unpack those points
  7. Conclude & summarize

To know more about this, please head to: How to present when there’s no time to prepare

 

 

How to Make Effective Presentations: 6 Tips

businesswoman-giving-presentation-portrait-mature-39858188Practice makes perfect. I know, I know. It’s such a cliche. So for today’s post, I will be giving you other awesome tips on how you can prepare for your presentation and make it more effective.

1. Always make it about your audience — what’s in it for them? 

2. Too much information is a no-no. Just share the essentials. 

3. Remember the five Cs: Be credible, confident, clear, concise and compelling.

4. Model yourself after someone who is qualified and successful in your field. 

5. Prepare answers to possible questions that your audience might ask.

6. Rehearse answers to tough questions. 

To know more insights about how to make an effective presentation, please head to this link: How To Prepare for Presentations – 6 Tips to Make Effective Presentations – from a Presentation Trainer