Public Speaking Can Be Fun

Free Public speaking skills tips, techniques, and advice by presentation skills expert Jacki Rose, Top Performance. Follow me on Twitter:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Full Day Presentation Tip

Your audience has the most energy at the start of your program. They will get tired as the day goes on. This means you need to use more engaging techniques as you go. For example, you definitely need to open with high energy and you can give lots of great substance in the morning. As you get closer to lunch, you need to be a little more interactive than the morning. After lunch is the biggest challenge and then closer to the end of the day is the worst. In the afternoon, plan some humorous stories, interactive activities, and ask lots of questions. Some simple things you can do are: ask “show of hand” questions. i.e. “By a show of hands, who likes this idea?”
Have a workbook, where they have to fill in the blanks. This gives your audience an urgent need to pay attention to you. Give people a short writing assignment and have them share their answers to the person next to them or if time, break them up into groups for a group activity.

The worst thing you can do in the afternoon is to just have them sit and listen to you. Get them moving, involved with your presentation, and having fun. They will learn and absorb so much more and will find your program worth while for attending.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Get Your Audience Back

Get the attention of your audience back after break, by telling a story. Don’t wait til everyone is seated or quiet, just start talking and your audience will be seated and quiet faster than you can say, “May I have your attention!”


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Respect and Successful Presentations

The more respected you are, the more successful your presentations will be.

When I saw Brian Tracy speak it didn’t matter that he didn’t get introduced, it didn’t matter that the sound system was poor, and it didn’t matter that he was using an overhead projector. When you get to be as popular, as good, and as well-respected as Brian Tracy, then it won’t matter what you do on stage. Your audience will pay attention to every word your say.


Thursday, July 09, 2009

How to Read Your PowerPoint

If you tend to read your PowerPoint slides or notes, do what Oprah Does when she needs to read her teleprompter. Read a couple of sentences, pause, look at your audience, smile. Or throw out a comment or rhetorical question to the audience while looking at them. Do this and you will connect with your audience and keep them engaged.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Most Common Words In Public Speaking

These words are not even in the dictionary, but it’s the most common words used when people give presentations. They are: “ah” and “um” If you use these words, many negative things happen. 1 – It’s distracting to your audience, 2 – You appear less confident of your topic, 3 – Your audience cannot keep up with you because most likely you are not pausing and you are talking non-stop. The most common public speaking words -“ah” and “um” are used as filler words. Next time you feel and “ah” or “um” coming on, just say nothing and pause

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