How to Turn Negative Feedback Into Something Positive

personal-feedback-giving-receiving-face-to-face-30377424Being speakers and presenters, one would think that they are used to getting all kinds of feedback. After all, you need to have thick skin if you want to improve your craft in facing the public, conveying your message and persuading your audience. However, speakers and presenters are still people with feelings and they get to be sensitive to feedback, especially negative feedback.

In order to overcome this kind of sensitivity, you can turn negative situation into something positive like how this one speaker turned disses into raves!

Her name is Shirley Gutkowski. Find out more how she was able to make light of this grave situation by heading to this link: An inspiring speaking story — from disses to raves

The Right Kind of Jewelry for Presenters

jewelry-set-12473989Most presentations and talks are done in a formal setting. With this in mind, it’s good to know what kinds of jewelry a speaker or presenter must wear to further establish his or her credibility to the audience.

Below are seven (7) things to keep in mind when it comes to wearing jewelry for presenters:

1. Earrings

Basically, wear a pair that matches your formal outfit. Make sure it;s not distracting and exudes a classic and simple design.

2. Necklaces

Necklaces made of beads or those with small pendants would be best.

3. Watches

Wrist watches with leather or metal band is ideal.

4. Rings

There should just be one set of ring on each hand and this already includes a wedding or an engagement ring.

5. Cufflinks

Classically shaped cufflinks are good like round or square ones.

6. Lapel Pins

Lapel pins are worn best when you wear a suit jacket and choose one which represents you best but in a subtle way.

To know more about the rules when wearing jewelry as a presenter, please head to:  The Laws of Jewelry for Presenters

Nervous? Learn to Slow Down When Presenting.

slow-down-sign-25964193First time presenters are usually nervous about facing the crowd and speaking in front of an audience. The result? They tend to speak a lot faster than what’s normal because they just can’t help feeling nervous about it.

Below are some tips that can help nervous speakers slow down:

Find Your WPM

You have to find out first what your number of words per minute is. Utilize an online calculator like the Speed of Speech tool to find out your average. Take note though that the average increases when you’re actually speaking in front of an audience.

Avoid Memorization

Instead of memorizing, know your piece instead. When you understand what you want to say to your audience then you’ll be able to speak from the heart instead of rushing through the series of words you’ve memorized.

Plan Pauses

By pausing every now and then especially to mark a new section, your delivery will be better and your audience will be more captivated by what you are saying.

Use a Metronome to Rehearse

Use free metronome apps either for Apple or Android to help you keep time as you practice your presentation.

Listen

Listen to great speeches. You can find these on Youtube. Exa,ples would be speeches made by Steve JobsMartin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama.

Stretch Vowels

To help keep you focused and on time, stretch your vowels. Enunciate each word well.

Through these tips, you will be able to slow down your nervous pace and you will sound more credible and authoritative.

For more insight on this matter, please head to: How to Slow Down Nervous, Speedy Speech