E Declutter EVERYTHING! The goal of your talk is: “The Audience GETS IT!” They don’t have to agree with everything you say, but they do have to understand it. DECLUTTERING the Components, Parts, and Elements of your presentation can help you reach that goal! The Tenets to Follow for DECLUTTERING Are: Clean - Read More
Attention, Audience! Be SPEAKER CENTERED – Please!
AudiBeing Audience Centered is a mandate for speakers. Great presenters know: It's all about the audience, and not about them. When a speaker takes their focus off the audience the presentation suffers and the odds of them GETTING IT! lessen. In most cases, the audience came to learn something, not to see or hear the Read More
Can Undermine a Slide Presentation
Guest Post: John Zimmer, Manner of Speaking Slide Presentation Many companies unwittingly hinder the effectiveness of their employees’ presentations because of policies that mandate the use of corporate templates on every PowerPoint or Keynote slide. Without question, a well-designed template can make a slide Read More
If YOU are in the Audience, PLEASE Learn By Observing and Listening
Learn by Observing and Listening A good speaker can become a better one by watching others speak. Follow these suggestions the next time you are in the audience. Turn OFF your cell phone. Practice active listening. Give the speaker eye contact. Lean forward in your seat. Do not cross your arms. Smile at Read More
The 3Es of Presenting Help The Audience GET IT! #1 E – Educate
Help The Audience GET IT! Educate - Entertain - Explain The 3 Es of Presenting will help ensure your audience understands your message; i.e. Gets It! They may not agree with everything. They may not agree with anything. Unless they Get It!, there can't be a meaningful discussion going forward. Education is the Read More
I Get Presentations Ideas,
But Forget Them!
Use a Digital Recorder to Capture those thoughts 'In the Moment!' None of us have the great memories we wish we had. We're exercising, walking, driving or maybe just sitting at a coffee shop and an idea for a speech, or a story to make a point in one, comes to us. We don't have a pen or paper handy, but we mentally Read More
OK. They asked me to be a Speaker.
What do I talk about?
Start with Passion and Knowledge . . . You first choice as a speaker is to have the opportunity to talk about a subject you are passionate about. Ideally, it's also a subject about which you possess a high degree of knowledge . It might be work, family, or health related. The topic could be a personal hobby, Read More
Speech Content – Part #3 – Speech Opening
Make it Powerful!
We've all heard the expression, "There's only one chance to make a first impression!" This is it! The Opening of Your Speech is your first impression to your audience. It literally, 'sets the stage' for your presentation. Very quickly, the audience is going to be on the edge of their seats, either breathlessly Read More