No matter how good your material and how well you delivered it, there will be some in the audience who will give your talk a failing grade. IF . . . You researched your topic well and know it enough to have "Confidence in your Competence." You practiced multiple times. (My Ultimate Practice Tip is HERE.) IF Read More
Stand Out From Others By – SPEAKING!
Because Many Won't! Picture this: You’re at a meeting, seminar, or event and the leader asks, "Does anyone have something to say?" Yes, you do have something important to communicate. You practiced in your mind’s eye, out loud, and maybe even recorded yourself. You start to raise your hand, but . . . You don’t. That Read More
Five Slide Presentation Mistakes
DON'T Make Them! 1. Lots of Text and Bullet Points No one comes to read your presentation. If they are reading it, they are usually ahead of the bullet point you are discussing. There is a dis-connect and they won't get the point of your message. 2. Templates with noisy backgrounds, logos, and multiple lines of Read More
FAQ for Handling Questions!
Questions & Answers: LOTS of Opportunities for MISTAKES 1. WHEN In your Opening, tell your audience when and how you'll be handling questions. Two Possibilities: 1. Take a few questions after each section, but only on that section, and before closing. 2. At the end of your presentation before the Read More
So They GET Your Elevator Speech, . . .
Make it Clear, Concise, and Consistent If people hearing your Elevator Speech aren't 100% sure about what you do. They won't hire you. They won't refer you. So they know WHO you are and WHAT you do, your Elevator Speech should be: Clear Use simple language and words. We don't impress people Read More
Less is often MORE!
For Presentations, Sometimes WAY MORE! From Wicktionary, and spot on for this post: That which is of smaller quantity could be of higher quality. That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated. Brevity in communication is more effective than Read More
Keep Your Audience’s Attention by . . .
Doing These Three Things! Transcript Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking! One of the challenges a speaker has is keeping the attention of the audience. We have the attention span of a gnat! If you lose the audience, they're never gonna get your message. Here Are Three Ways To Combat That. Number One: After your Read More
BLOGGING: How to increase the reach of your posts!
One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me about blogging was this: "Content is King!" Blog regularly, about three hundred words or more, and watch your audience grow. Admittedly, it isn’t that simple. Keywords and a variety of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) factors come into play. However, the BIG thing Read More
EYE CONTACT: Dos and Don’ts!
Eye Contact, like all elements of non-verbal communication, is extremely important when delivering a presentation. When done correctly, there is a better connection with those watching and listening. When Eye Contact is not done well, there can be a disconnect between what you intend to convey and what your audience Read More
Here are Three Simple Ways to . . .
Improve Your Presentation. Transcript Fred Miller. “NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Here are three simple ways to improve your presentations. Number One: Simple Language. No buzzwords, acronyms, or techno speak. You don't impress people with words, I don't know. You make them feel stupid and you will lose Read More