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

 

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

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????PowerPoint is a wonderful that presenters can use to make their presentations more effective. Below are five tips you can apply when using PowerPoint in your presentation:

  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

 

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