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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Public Speaking and PowerPoint

Even if you think your PowerPoint presentation is great, there are always way to make it even more effective. Maybe even much more than you thought was possible.

  • Do your PowerPoint presentations have a lot of text?
  • Do your PowerPoint presentations have a lot of information about you and your company?
  • Do your PowerPoint presentations convey passion, conviction, and enthusiasm?

Your PowerPoint presentation should be all about your client not about you or your company.

Your slides should be engaging enough to keep their interest and get your message across effectively.

Your slides should have little or no text at all.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Public Speaking - Do They Pay Attention

Why do more people pay attention to the news when the weather is on, than anything else? Because they are affected by the weather.

When you give a presentation, remember everything you say must have an impact on your audience. Let them know how it affects them and they will pay a lot more attention to you.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Position Yourself When Presenting

The presenter, at a recent seminar I attended, spoke from the back of the room as everyone looked at the screen/slides. People didn’t know where to look - at the presenter or at the screen. He kept moving around the room, which made it hard to focus on the content and what he was saying.

At one point he planted himself right behind me. This was 7:30 am, I was still waking up, and his voice was so loud which made it very irritating. I also felt self conscious because the entire audience was looking right at me since he was standing right behind me. I heard absolutely nothing that came out of his mouth.

To get your message across effectively your audience needs to see your facial expressions and body language. Present in front of the room, make eye contact with everyone, and present like a pro.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Openings to Grab Attention When Public Speaking

Over and over again I see the same thing happen with sales presentations. The presenter opens with the background of the company, the founder, and how it all began. Who cares? Knowing about the founder of the company and how it all began is not what is going to get your audience interested in what you have to present. All they want to know is…. “what’s in it for them.”

If you want them to be interested in what you have to sell, then you must have an opening that is going to grab their attention and get them engaged immediately. Say something like, “Who here would like to be able to do their work easier, quicker, and even save some money?” or, “Ten years ago I came across a product that changed my life and today I’m going to share with you what that product is and how it can change your life too.” Or, tell a personal story that relates you to the audience.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Public Speaking Can Be Fun

You can be a more confident, dynamic, and engaging presenter!
Whether you already have total confidence, whether you already are dynamic, or whether you already know how to engage your audience, imagine if you were twice as good!

Do you have fun with your presentations? Did you know that even if your presentations are of a serious matter, you can still have fun with them? Did you know that when you have fun with your presentations your audience has fun? Did you know that when your audience has fun, they will stay awake, alert, and alive during your presentation? And of course they need to be awake, alert, and alive to hear, learn, and understand what you are presenting.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Successful Public Speaking Events

If you offer a public seminar at a hotel and less people register than you expected, ask for a smaller room, which you should have booked to begin with. It's better to book a smaller room rather than a larger room for several reasons:
1 - It will look like you got a good turn out.
2 - The energy in the room will be much higher.
3 - It will be easier to connect with your audience if they are not so spread out.

This little tip could mean the difference of your audience members thinking it was a success or a failure even though it's the same amount of people.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

An Important Part of Public Speaking Is to Know Your Audience

Here are some ways to get to know your audience:
For small groups – allow time in the beginning of your presentation for everyone to do a brief intro. Who they are, why they are there, etc.

If your audience is to big for everyone to introduce themselves, then call on a few to share who they are and why they are there.

If your group is too large to call on a few, ask questions to the entire audience such as: “raise your hand if you are a manger of more than 5 people, raise your hand if you are here to learn how to properly communicate with your staff, raise your hand if you are here to learn how to communicate effectively with your clients, etc.”

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Nervous Public Speaking and You Audience

You're not the only one nervous when it comes to Public Speaking. Did you know that your audience is nervous too?

If you make them more comfortable they will be more likely to...
1 – open up and share more
2 – answer your questions
3 – be open to what you are presenting

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Public Speaking Skills That Assault Your Audience

Public Speaking could contain verbal assault.

Are you assaulting your audience with your words? Are you torturing them with information overload?

You may be assaulting them unintentionally and without even knowing it. Less is more especially when it comes to public speaking. Look at your next presentation, read it over, and highlight the most crucial elements of the presentation your audience must know. Then figure out how you can tell them in less words.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Presentation Skills - Presenting Familiar Information

You are very familiar with your material that you present. It’s important to recognize that your audience is seeing and hearing your presentation for the very first time. They do not see it the way you see it. So you need to present at a reasonable pace, only give them enough information so they are not overwhelmed, and have fun with it!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Professional Speakers and Public Speakers

The best and fastest way to grow your professional speaking business is at the association for speakers. Learn from others, find out creative ways to make more money, sell more books, get more speaking engagements, and live the life you really desire.

If you are a professional speaker or want to be a professional speaker, the best place for you to be is at the National Speakers Association. If you live in New England, be sure to attend their fabulous programs.

National Speakers Association

NSA New England

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