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…

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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

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

 

Points to Consider When Presenting

business-woman-presenting-copyspace-isolated-white-background-37924053Below are things you have to consider when presenting. When you apply them, they will surely help improve your presentation delivery.

  1. Lights: Keep them on so that you can see your audience and they can see you well.
  2. Don’t read: Simply don’t do it. It would make you seem like you’re not ready to present.
  3. Interact: Act as if you are conversing with your audience.
  4. No lectern: It is better to stand on a stage without a podium.
  5. Eye contact: Make eye contact with your audience while you’re speaking.

These are just five tips. There’s more! Head over to this link to learn about these excellent tips: Presentation delivery tips for the greatest impact

3 NLP Tips to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

deep-fear-businessman-21515111NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and below are three key concepts from this discipline that will help any public speaker, whether old or new, overcome his or her fear of public speaking:

Become Friends With The Part Of You That Is Scared – Instead of resisting that part of you that is scared, get to know it better. Why is it scared? Is it because it just wants to do a good job and deliver a perfect speech? Then work on it. Once you know why that part of you is scared, then you can start to relax with yourself.

Focus On What You Want – Whatever thoughts you repeat to yourself, your unconscious will eventually believe it. So focus only on good thoughts and what you want to achieve as a speaker.

Awareness Of Your Mission As A Speaker – When you know your purpose for delivering your message, your message will be more important than your fears. So focus on what your mission is instead of on the judgments of your audience.

To know more about this, please head to: Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

The Importance of NonVerbal Communication

Being able to communicate well is not just about verbal communication. Non-verbal communication plays a big part too…. actually, a much bigger part. In fact, in NLP or neuro-linguistic programming,  people are taught how to read non-verbal cues as well as how to appropriately give corresponding non-verbal reactions so you can get what you want. If you can master this type of skill, as presenters, you will most likely succeed in getting your audience’s attention and participation which could translate to profit for your business later on.

Fred Miller, in his blog post, Remember: NonVerbal Communication Trumps. . ., says that non-verbal reactions carry more weight than words. Just imagine a speaker saying how excited he is to be talking in front of people, yet he or she doesn’t smile, yawns, and looks pretty bored. Of course the audience will notice this and will end up not listening to the speaker at all.

So the next time you present, be aware of the non-verbal cues you’re exhibiting. Believe in your presentation and act it out well. Use non-verbal cues to convey positive emotions to your audience. Make eye contact, smile when necessary, make hand gestures, move around the stage, and so on, and so forth.

Learn from Fred Miller and see how NonVerbal Communication Trumps Verbal Communication.

Alternatives to the Use of Pointers When Presenting

Whether you’re using the old fashioned stick as a pointer or the modern laser pointer many presenters have these days, I found out that there are other better ways emphasize a point in your presentation and that is basically to not use them. Well, that’s what The Eloquent Woman suggests in her blog post. According to her, when presenters use pointers, it just goes to show that the slides have too much information on them which makes the presentation all cluttered bringing about a disconnection between the audience and you as a presenter.

However, we just couldn’t take away these pointers whether old or new as tools when presenting. So here are the alternatives you can use:

  1. Emphasize a point on a slide close-up: Use large photos if you want to highlight something in your presentation
  2. The audience’s eyes and mental acuity: Let the audience find that particular feature you want to show. This way, you are engaging your audience.
  3. Gesture: Use your hand instead of a pointer.
  4. Get creative: Maybe you can ask your audience to do something creative to make sure they understood the point like a short group skit.

I’m sure there are still other alternatives you can think of as a means of highlighting something in your presentation. Care to share? If you want to know more, head to The Eloquent Woman’s blog post: What to use instead of a pointer when you speak