Give the "why." Do that first and foremost. Do it before you even say your name, and I'm not even kidding. (If you've seen me present, then you know exactly what I mean.) Let your audience know why everyone should bother to listen to you. Why should they turn over their power (i.e., their time) to you? Why should everyone care? They need to know how their time will be spent and what they will know or be able to do once you finish with your presentation. Not every speaker gets this, though, nor do speakers fully understand how it impacts the success of the presentation. Recently, I was on a one-hour webinar ...
Even in today's digital society where so much networking takes place online, face-to-face networking events are superior to virtual connections. The latter allow for more memorable connections, but when you attend networking events, sometimes interacting with others can make you feel like anything but a boss.
When you network, you make a presentation, and no matter your industry or your position, you are an ambassador for your company and, most importantly, for yourself.
Here are the five most effective networking strategies you will ever need.
It's the absolute last thing you want to do, but it happens ... possibly without you even realizing it. Even presentations that have been carefully designed and practiced can have moments of unintentional boredom or can create annoyance in audience members. This happens when speakers inadvertently use phrases, some of which are commonly used in presentations, that make people want to say "Okay. Yeh, yeh, yeh. Keep it movin'" or "That's nice. What else ya got?
1. "I know I'm all over the place."
Do not own that! Do not give voice to or breathe life into that kind of assessment of your presentation. When you say this, you make it clear that you know you have let down your audience; you know you have not done the best job you can to facilitate a positive experience for your audience. Furthermore, if you know you can be "all over the place" when facilitating a presentation, training, or demonstration, then be proactive; take a minute to craft an agenda or a quick list of headlines beforehand, and follow them. It does not have to be anything fancy or elaborate.
Here’s what I mean: You already know what you plan to cover, right? All you need are ...
When it comes to presentations, it's just talking, right? And who appears to speak with the most ease and with the least amount of effort? Naturally, we are inclined to believe extroverts are the more skilled presenters when compared to their introverted counterparts, but ... hold the phone.
While words appear to come more easily for our extroverted friends who gain their energy from being around others, introverts are missing out if they (and others) believe they are not serious contenders as speakers. Assuming introverts are not gifted speakers is the one mistake introverts make and the dangerous misconception held by so many. Quite to the contrary, they may be even more talented on the mic than others. Here are three reasons why.
Confidence is a strength and a certainty one has about herself that is present regardless of her title, stature, background, or past or present circumstances. Confidence is an air about a person that makes everyone want to be around her because she is not haughty, she is not arrogant, and she may not be the thinnest or the most beautiful in the room; but ...
Five actions are necessary if you want to give your audiences a different experience that will be unforgettable for all the right reasons. This goes for novice presenters, struggling presenters, and seasoned presenters alike. Here's exactly how to make your public and private presentations memorable, engaging, and blazing hot.
What causes people to be SO nervous when making presentations, and what can they do to overcome the nervousness? There are two main reasons the nerves make an appearance and two big changes you can make that will change all of that.
The first reason nerves show up is because ...
"How would you answer this?" "What would say?" "Is there a response that's better than all the others when it comes to 'this' interview question or 'that' interview question?"
As a communication professional, I get these kinds of queries all the time. Recently, this one came across my desk: "How would you respond to 'Describe yourself in 5 words?'" It captured my attention because, if you know me ... well ... you know I can be quite long-winded, especially in one-on-one situations. As such, I saw this as a good challenge for proposing a strategy for how one would successfully (and obviously succinctly) respond to this in an interview by identifying what to say and what not to say.
Stand during your phone calls. It can be tempting to sit while you take/make calls, preferably at a desk where you can easily access your notes or where you think you will feel most comfortable; however, there are 4 big reasons why sitting during this performance - because let’s face it; you are performing on a business call - is not as effective as standing. If it helps to pretend you're in a phone booth where there's limited potential of standing, then do that. Whatever it takes, stand during your phone calls; read on to find out why!