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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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

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

Five Cool Tips for Impromptu Speaking

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’ve already talked about this before but perhaps it’s good to reiterate this. The trick to impromptu speaking or extemporaneous speech is to learn to trust your brain. Trust your own mind that whatever answer pops in your head at that moment is the right one and you just have to deliver it. Sounds simple? Below are five steps you do to really go through that process of answering off the cuff and make it seem so simple:

Tip one – become aware that you are blocking yourself 

Just accept the fact that you are blocking yourself. Your internal critic jumps in and shoots down. It’s a natural instinct. You’re only human. The moment you accept this mentally, then you’ve already won half the battle when it comes to impromptu speaking.

Tip  two – practice  “accepting” your own ideas

So you know your head comes up with ideas when asked on the spot. You now know that you are blocking yourself automatically after being asked. Now, instead of thinking “Yes, but”, you think “Yes, and”.  Choose to accept the ideas that pop in your head abd by doing so, your mind will then give you more good ideas to think. Don’t worry, it becomes easier as you practice this way of deliberate thinking more and more.

Tip three – learn about improvisation

There is probably a local improv group in your area. Find out about it and join them. This is a great way to practice extemporaneous speech delivery in a more academic setting.

Tip four – find a local Toastmasters club

Once you’ve joined a local improv group, it would then be more amazing if you can find a local toastmasters club where you can practice your skill some more. These toastmasters clubs have what they call “Table Topics” where you get to speak off the cuff.

Tip five – practice self compassion

Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you make mistakes, learn how to forgive, let go and move on.

To get a better understanding about the art of impromptu speaking, visit this post: Tips for impromptu speaking – learn to trust yourself

Awesome Tips to Master Public Speaking

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????For those of you who would like to master the art of public speaking, here are some amazing tips:

1. Connect with the audience before you speak – If you’re the type who’s afraid of facing huge crowds and imagining them in their underwear is not doing the trick for you, then perhaps you ought to try connecting with each of your audience before you speak. Getting to know them through small chitchat either individually or in smaller groups should help you see them as people who are in need of what you have to offer them. This way, you won’t be so overwhelmed by their presence once you go in front of all of them to do your speech or presentation.

2. Stand up straight and look sharp – By standing up straight and looking confident, you’re already way past half the battle.

3. Use gestures deliberately and make them count – You probably experienced talking with your hands doing all sorts of gestures. It can be distracting. You just need to control these movements and just use your hand gestures when you want to stress or make a point.

To know more awesome tips on how to master the art of public speaking, please head to this link: 18 Tips for Mastering Public Speaking by Kyle Ingham

Important Questions You Should Answer When Making Presentations

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you’re a seasoned speaker, and you are abut to give a talk at a summit of big convention, you must be able to stand out amidst all the other speakers are are also going to talk to the same audience. To help you stand out, there are questions you need to answer when you make your presentation. These questions are:

1. Who is my audience?

By knowing who your audience are, you would know what their stakes are, why they are attending the summit or convention and what they need from you. You can then tailor your speech to make it fit their needs.

2. What is my audience expecting from me?

By knowing what your audience expect from you, then you would be able to make theor experience of listening to you so much more meaningful.

3. What am I expecting from my audience? What are my desired outcomes?

Are you expecting them to buy from you? Are you expecting them to take action?

These are just some of the questions you need to answer. There are 13 more! To find out all, please head to: The 16 questions you must answer when you prepare a talk or a presentation