How to Better Your Presentations – 10 Tips

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????There are a lot of ways you can do to better your presentations. These ten tips below are from Presentationzen.com. They sound really valuable and I thought it’s best to share these tips here:

(1) Turn off the computer. This way, you minimize distractions. Don’t rely on your computer for the outline of your presentation.

(2) Put the audience first. The story your telling your audience, in essence, is really their story. It should be what they need. Focus on that.

(3) Have a solid structure. It can be simple, it can be complicated. The point is it will help you build the narrative.

(4) Have a clear theme. Be clear about what you want to convey and what you want to stick to your audience.

(5) Remove the nonessential. Only use what is essential to the story.

These are just five tips. Read the rest here: 10 tips for improving your presentations & speeches

 

How to Be a More Effective Corporate Storyteller: 10 Tips

storytellerWe all want to be an effective storyteller wherever we are. But if we mostly do our talks, speeches and presentations in corporate events and environments, how can we best do this? Below are ten tips you can follow to become a more effective corporate storyteller:

  1. Plan your story starting with the takeaway message. Think of your audience and what’s important to them. After all, the objective of your story is to help your audience.
  2. Keep your stories short for the workplace. People tend to have ADD in today’s world so make sure your story only lasts 3-5 minutes lest you want to sound boring.
  3. Good stories are about challenge or conflict. They make your stories more interesting.
  4. Think about your story like a movie. The goal is to always get your message across.
  5. Start with a person and his challenge, and intensify human interest by adding descriptions of time, place, and people with their emotions. The point is, be descriptive.
  6. Be creative. By doing so, you string people along with the ups and downs of your story.
  7. Intensify the story with vivid language and intonation. This way, you get to touch people’s emotions.
  8. When using a story in a PowerPoint presentation, use appropriate graphics/pictures to convey your message. ‘Nuff said.
  9. Practice. Tell your story in front of a friendly audience and get feedback.
  10. Realize that stories are how people really communicate. Accept this fact and being an effective storyteller gets much easier.

Doing these ten tips will help you get your message across more effectively. To find out more, please head to:  10 Tips for Becoming a More Effective Corporate Storyteller

 

Improve Your Eye Contact When Presenting: 12 Tips

1163675863Ew2y53Eye contact is essential in communication. We do it daily and naturally when conversing with family and friends. But the moment we speak in front of a large crwod, we seem to forget how. Below are 12 tips you can use to make sure that you maintain good and proper eye contact when speaking in front of many people.

  1. Prepare better.
  2. Avoid eye crutches.
  3. Warm up early to the audience.
  4. Keep the lights on.
  5. Ensure clear sight lines.
  6. Get closer to audience members.
  7. Express emotion with your eyes.
  8. Ensure eye contact as you deliver all critical lines.
  9. Avoid ping-pong.
  10. Sustain eye contact with someone for a few seconds, then move on.
  11. Connect with your audience’s eyes, if possible.
  12. Focus on the audience member during Q&A.

To find out more details on how you can do these tips and produce more and better eye contact, please head to:  Simple Secrets to Improve Your Eye Contact

 

 

Why do you need to practice as a speaker?

We all know that practice makes perfect. But here are 7 reasons to give you a better and clearer understanding of why it is crucial and essential for speakers to practice, practice and keep practicing.

Look like you didn’t need practice – Yup, the more you practice your presentation or speech, the more flawless and relaxed you’ll look on stage. And when you look very natural on stage, the more your audience will focus on what you have to say than how you act or sound like in front of them.

Remember more of what you wanted to say – By practicing your speech, the less likely your mind will go blank on stage.

Roll with the punches – Experiencing technical difficulties won’t be much of a problem if you know your speech by heart.

Work out your stumbles ahead of time – If there are phrases, sentences or sentiments that you are not confident in sharing to your audience, you will get better at it in time or you can change it in advance and avoid acting awkward about it in front of your audience.

Try a new speaking skill with lower risk – If you’re going to talk about a topic that is entirely new to you, with practice, you will minimize mistakes and even sound like you’re already an expert at it.

Build a stronger structure for your speech or presentation – By practicing your speech, you have more time to plan   a more engaging speech from start to finish.

Hit those grace notes – Through practice, you can take your speech from good to great.

For more insights about this, please head to: From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

 

Five More Tips to Overcome Public Speaking Nerves

Here are five more short and quick things you can do to shoo away those butterflies just before or during your public speaking gig:

1. Take a deep breath. This will allow more oxygen into your system which helps quell panic and doubts.

2. Bluff. Try to look confident by standing tall, smiling , and looking happy. Even if you don’t exactly feel confident at first, acting like it will trick your brain to thinking you are.

3. Keep your mouth and throat hydrated. Have a bottle of water handy.

4. Gently press the bony points of your forehead. Your anxiety is caused by adrenalin rushing to the base of your skull.  Pressing the bony points of your head will bring the blood to the parts of your brain that cater to giving a good speech.

5. Know that you are prepared. You can only pull this off if you are really prepared. So take all the time you need to prepare your speech weeks before. Memorize those important parts and those parts that you might think you’d forget. Practice, practice, practice.

 

For more insight on this matter, please head to: Five tips for overcoming public speaking nerves

 

Ten Public Speaking Tips For Introverts

I read this article from Psychology Today and I thought of sharing these tips here with you.  It is particularly written for introverts and as I am an introvert myself, the tips really resonated well with me. The article is about how to thrive in a world that can’t stop talking. Are you an introverted speaker? Well then read these public speaking tips to help you face your audience and deliver your speech or presentation with more confidence than ever. 

1. For many speakers — and especially for introverts — preparation is key. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.

2. Think about what your particular audience wants to hear. Again, it’s always about the audience and not about you. That should take the pressure off of your shoulders.

3. If you haven’t spoken publicly in a while and feel rusty, watch videos of speakers that have shots taken from the speaker’s vantage point, where you can see what it’s like to face the audience. TED Talks have a lot of these videos. Just imagine that you’re the speaker. Visualization is really the key.

4. Similarly, if you can, visit the room where you’ll be speaking.  – Again, to help you with visualizing yourself in there.

5. When you listen to a great speaker or hear someone mention one, get a transcript of the speech. This way, you can study it and learn from it.

6. Keep a video diary or video blog. This way, you’ll have an idea of how you talk, what facial expressions you use, if you have annoying mannersims, if you look interesting to look at, etc. If you see anything wrong, then you can change it or improve on it.

7. Know your strengths and weaknesses as a speaker, and accentuate the positive. It’s similar to the saying “see the glass half full”. Focus on what you’re good at or what you do best and deliver it.

8. At the same time, public speaking is a performance, and that’s a good thing, even if you’re not a natural actor. Think of it as having an onstage persona.

9. Smile at your audience as they enter the room, and smile at them when you begin speaking. This will make you feel confident and relaxed.

10. Here is a funny tip from a reader of the Happiness Project. It’s probably not the best advice, but it will make you laugh:

“My eighth grade teacher told us all to pretend the people [in the audience] are heads of cabbages. I never quite got that one as making much sense, but to this day (40 years later) I still say that line to myself before I speak. And I laugh.”

For more insight, please head to: 10 Public Speaking Tips For Introverts

What Presenters Can Learn from the SuperBowl (and Madonna)

More than Madonna’s half-time performance during the SuperBowl this Sunday (which was awesome by the way!), it is the game of football that grabs our attention and make us watch it season after season. This is because teams play for the crowd and play hard to please them; you never know who will really win until the game is over; and no matter how hard each team prepares for the big day, there are just so many other extraneous variables they have to consider like the weather, the reaction of the crowd, the skills of their opponents and all of us get to watch it all very closely.

So as presenters and speakers, how can we learn from all of this?

1.  Speak for the audience, not for yourself or your company. I’ve mentioned this again and again that presentations and speeches are all about your audience, not about you. Give the audience what they need. Is it suspense? Excitement? Motivation? Inspiration? Information? Give it to them and your presentation or speech will be a success.

2.    Be unpredictable.  If your audiences already know what you have to say, then they won’t have to listen to you anymore, do they? Tell a story but tell it in a way that they don’t expect; don’t use slides if they expect you to; ask them questions; make them think and get them excited.

3)    Be so well-prepared that you can immerse yourself in the environment, the audience, the atmosphere. This means be passionate about what you are presenting. Your sincerity and passion will rub off on them and the audience will love you for it. Don’t overdo it tho. Just be real.

P.S. On a related note, Madonna also did all these things during her 12-minute half-time presentation. She gave what the audience wanted (superb performance); she was unpredictable (no one guessed what the list of songs would be); she was very prepared. I had goosebumps watching her half-time show and I loved her for it! 

For more insight on this matter, please head to:

Why Speeches Should Be Like Football Games