What’s your response to the following questions?
- Have you ever had a passion for something and wanted to promote it?
- Has anyone ever asked you
- to explain how to do something?
- your opinion on a political or environmental issue?
- Do you sell products or services?
- Are you the person Customer Service questions are directed to?
- Are you ever asked questions that need a good response?
- Is an Elevator Speech something you’ve been asked to deliver.
- Would you like to Toast someone at a special event?
- Do you ever talk to
- your boss?
- people who report to you?
Each of us give presentations all the time. We answer questions, want to sway people to our way of thinking and converse with family, bosses, co-workers and others. These are not what we normally think of as a “Presentation,” but they are!
Even if it’s not a Full Auditorium, Power-Point, Microphone-in-Hand Presentation – We All deliver Mini-Presentations Regularly.
Those Mini-Presentations have the same Components, Parts, and Elements
the “Big Ones” have. The same “Laws of Presentation” apply:
- Be Audience Centered.
- Presenting is all about the Audience – not you, the speaker. Use facts to support your position, but know that people “buy” emotionally.
- Primacy and Recency
- Your audience, even if an audience of one, will best remember the first and last things they see and hear.
- Delivery trumps Content.
- How you say what you say carries more weight than your content.
- NonVerbal trumps Verbal.
- People believe what they see.
- If your body language and facial expressions are not in sync with your verbal delivery, the receiver of the message believes your nonverbal message.
If you Really, Really don’t make Presentations, think about This:
“Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”
People, sometimes like you, who take and make those Speaking Opportunities:
Grow their Businesses, Advance their Careers, and Increase their Leadership Roles.
They seek out and find those Speaking Opportunities: at work, trade associations, civic groups, church, and in a variety of other organizations.
Many of my coaching clients believe they are smarter, harder workers, and better qualified for advancement then those selected. They are convinced they “lost out” because they either passed on Speaking Opportunities, or didn’t do as well as others when they accepted them. The ones who “presented well” were given the status of “Leader” and then a bonus, raise, or position that acknowledged their “status.”
These clients sought help for their presentation skills because they knew they weren’t being given career and leadership opportunities, and the rewards that go with them. When asked how long they’ve been ‘thinking’ about getting help, the usual answer is, “For Years!”
If this post speaks to You – Don’t Wait!
There is plenty of help, including Toastmasters and Public Speaking Courses, that can give the instruction and help you build the needed skills to “Speak.” Individual coaching, by many qualified people, is also an option.
If you need help, Get It!
Do that and my prediction is this:
You’ll take and make Speaking Opportunities. Then, you’ll receive the rewards that good Speakers achieve, and it will be – NO SWEAT!
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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the book,
“No Sweat Public Speaking!”
Businesses and individuals hire him because they want to improve their
Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.
They do this because we perceive really great speakers to be Experts.
Perception is reality, and we rather deal with Experts.
They also know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities.
Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities.
Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities.
He shows them how to:
Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with –