Every profession has its own dreaded moments. In the world of business, dreaded moments arise when it is presentation time. Giving a presentation can turn even the calmest and surest of people, into a sweaty bundle of nerves. Public speaking is indeed a well-founded, fearful event and we have every right to fear those moments, to fear the reaction of those giving up their valuable time to listen to us. The good news is that we can take the fear and anguish, and work them for us instead of against us, coming up with a presentation that will leave your audience wanting more.
"Fear of speaking in front of a group is the third greatest fear of Americans, according to the book of lists -- preceded only by death by fire and death by drowning! Yet in business we are often judged, albeit unfairly, by our ability to present. Wiskup knows this and does a fine job of helping the reader understand where this fear originates. By understanding the particular hot button that causes your fear to rise up within you and choke your ability to present in a powerful and persuasive way, you begin to understand how to eliminate that fear." ArmChairInterviews
Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. Some people are exceptionally good at presenting their ideas. Their skill elevates their stature and influence in today's society. There's nothing more inspiring than a bold idea delivered by a great speaker. Ideas, effectively packaged and delivered, can change the world. So, wouldn't
Most of our communication is unconscious. Our conscious brains can handle something like forty bits of information a second. That sounds like a lot until you know that our unconscious minds can handle 11 million bits of information per second. Within those constraints, by far the biggest activity the brain undertakes
The Secret Language of Business reveals the secrets of body language and nonverbal communication. Successful professionals need more than just good communication skills, you also need the ability to interpret the nonverbal signals that everyone displays. You'll learn how to master and manipulate your own body language, read the body language of
Some people have the ability to enter a room and draw instant attention, effortlessly exuding charm, radiating energy and a commanding presence. That enviable quality is called charisma...and those who have it are better able to influence what gets done and ultimately achieve what they want. To some extent, it's innate—but
Today’s people are overwhelmed by digital media and that has become our excuse for believing that people now have short attention spans. Make it impossible for people to tune out by giving them something worth listening to.
Perfection should not be your main goal in presentations. Even if the audience is expecting greatness, they are conditioned for mediocrity. It is alright to make mistakes but just don’t dwell on them because honest mistakes will not be held against you.
During a presentation, you can never be sure when the audience is drifting away, so keep them coming back with a repetition of the PSB.
Audiences want to follow and learn from speakers who are inspiring and who make critical messages come alive with stories and word-pictures. Leave out the famous quotes; people want to hear descriptive stories that they can’t get elsewhere except from the person they are listening to.
No member of the audience is going to be thrilled with your Power Point skills, so the simpler you make your charts, the better.
Connecting with an audience is a two-step process. You’ve got to say things that connect, or bring the audience closer to you; then you must dump the seemingly harmless and overused expressions that disconnect or push the audience away.
Some other words that should be taken out of your dictionary—at least during your presentation—are: basically, honestly and frankly.
The Q&A is not only the time for you to provide more facts, it is the time for you to maintain and perhaps increase your connection with the audience.