3 Tips to Becoming a Better Speaker

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????There are still so many things you can do, so many things you can improve on to become a better speaker. For now, here are three:

  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 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

 

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 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

No-No’s During a Webinar

webinar-word-cloud-laptop-web-seminar-screen-cup-coffee-42581598When conducting webinars, keep in mind that you have to follow similar principles as when you are giving presentations or talks in person. Below are three things that you should avoid in order to consider your webinar a success.

1. Forget to have a structure – Make sure you grab your audience’s attention as you would when you’re doing this live in front of people. You can do this by sharing an outstanding fact, giving an unusual statistic, anything that can grab and hold their attention.

2. Do bad things with Powerpoint – Just because your audience can’t see you, you’d then resort to using a ton of PowerPoint slides. Remember, quality is better than quantity.

3. Forget to use your voice – This is the only thing left that you have control over when doing webinars. They can’t see you, they can’t touch you but they can hear your voice so use it well to pique their interest and hold their attention.

For more insights on the don’ts of doing a webinar, please head to this link: Don’t Screw Up Your Next Webinar: 3 Mistakes To Avoid

Awesome Storytelling Tips from Kevin Spacey

c99aa2404369463ef5baa1b65da50d7b_400x400Any form of content marketing like public speaking or presentations is all about making a good story you can sell to people. According to Kevin Spacey (yep, the famous Hollywood actor), there are 3 basic elements that can make your stories great. Here they are:

1. Conflict – The purpose of this is to create tension that will keep people engaged and wanting more.

2. Authenticity – There should be truth in your story. It should be authentic and resonates well with the brand you are selling. 

3. The audience –  Spacey believes that the audiences now are different from before. They want control. They want variety. And therefore, we should give them what they want but without sacrificing your authenticity.

As a final note, Spacey also said that when you know what story you want to tell, everything else will follow.

To know more insights about this, please head to: Kevin Spacey’s Top 3 Tips For Better Storytelling. Yes, That Kevin Spacey

8 Steps to Make Your Webinars Interactive

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The following tips are from Brenda Bence, who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert.

1. Sign in – by letting your participants sign in, they will get a feel of the room just like how it happens in a real live seminar.

2. Ground rules – by asking your participants to set up the ground rules (like no cellphones, ask questions at the end of every session, listen, focus, etc.), you’ve already started making the webinar interactive.

3. Notification – letting them know that they will be called upon randomly to answer questions will keep them on their toes.

4. Executive presence – have a senior level executive there to answer questions and speak up every once in a  while  to make participants listen and participate more

5. Prizes – by offering prizes, participants will feel more lively and engaged in the discussion

6. Experience – there is so much we can do with technology now. People are no longer limited to listening only during webinars. You can do so much more like: writing on whiteboards, showing videos, conducting a survey or a poll, drawing arrows, etc.

7. Webcam – when telling a story, it’s best to turn the camera on you so they get to see your expression just like when they’re watching you in person.

8. Feedback – just like in a live seminar, it’s always best to ask for feedback at the end of the session.

To get more insights and ideas on how to particularly do these 8 steps, please head to: Make your webinars super interactive

How Not to Panic When Invited to Do a Presentation

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sometimes, we overthink stuff when it comes to presentations and speaking in front of people that we fail to recognize how easy all this really is. So even before you begin to panic when asked to do a presentation, answer these three things first:

  1. What does my audience already know?

  2. What do I need them to know?

  3. What’s the best way to tell them the things between 1 and 2?

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Once you know the answers to those three questions, everything else will just fall into place and presenting in front of an audience won’t be as nerve-wracking anymore. It’s just actually about getting back to the basics of public speaking!

To find more insights about this, please head to: Presentations – back to basics! 🙂