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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How Much Time Should You Prepare For Your Presentation?

In my teachings I do not give preparation times because I believe it is different for every person and for every presentation. Instead, here is the preparation formula I recommend:

1 - Decide on the purpose and goal of your presentation
2 - Write down all the things you need to include in your presentation in order to produce that goal
3 - Write out your entire presentation verbatim (this doesn't mean you have to present it exactly how you wrote it)
4 - Revise your presentation to make it shorter (how can you say it in less words)
5 - Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse - in other words, practice reading your presentation out loud over and over again until you know it so well that all you need to do is refer to your notes to keep you on track

I recommend a minimum of 4 times rehearsing out loud. And a minimum of once per day leading up to the presentation.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Public Speaking Skills Preview Ezine - Free Tips

Sneak Peak of August PEP Ezine... "Mistakes Presenters Make"

Here are six mistakes presenters often make. If you find yourself doing any of them, follow these suggestions on how to correct your mistakes.

1 Talking about Your Company
Many presentations begin with the history of their company, the founder's philosophy, and a listing of the company's accomplishments.

If you want to have greater impact on your audience, then focus on them. All they really care about is what you can do for them, not what are you so great at doing.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Public Speaking is Like Riding A Bike

Developing your public speaking skills and becoming a great presenter is a lot like riding a bike. If you decided to go on a 50 mile bike ride, you wouldn't jump on your bike one day and start riding 50 miles. You would prepare for the trip. Train for the trip. Start biking 5 miles, then 10, then 15, and so on. You may be a little nervous at first. You may have challenges to overcome, like hills, bad weather, a sore butt! But if you prepare, if you take on those challenges, and if you keep developing those muscles, you will become a great cyclist.

The same principle applies to public speaking skills. Every presentation deserves preparation in order to be a success. Every presentation may have challenges you need to overcome. And every presentation needs to be presented by you in order for you to develop your skills. As you prepare, take on challenges, and keep presenting, you will keep developing your skills and become a much better presenter than you are today.

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