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!
Human resource professionals and hiring managers look for two things:
How you communicate verbally and nonverbally can make all the difference in whether you get the job offer. All the difference. Read on for 6 big communication do's, don'ts, and best practices.
You have 50 or 80 minutes at a time and a room full of students. (If you're a speaker/trainer/sales or marketing pro, you have a room full of professionals. Read on, and get the bonus messages.) You do your best to reach them with active learning techniques, the effective use of technology, and/or meaningful assessments and questions. You almost feel like you have to be a superhero to ensure everyone gets it ... to ensure everyone is engaged ... to ensure everyone is positioned to see utility in the information you provide. Put some of the responsibility on your students' shoulders, and have them do this one thing - regardless of their major and regardless of what you teach - to positively influence the trajectory of their academic success. That one thing is ...
You've heard it before: before you present, learn as much about the audience as you can. Gaining information about your listeners positions you to know what to say and that which you need to delete from your script. If you proceed with making a presentation without knowing exactly who is in front of you, then it can be like blindly poking and jabbing with your threaded needle in search of the right opening to affix a button. With this presentation preparation, you will know which points you should strongly emphasize, and you will know what might be hot topics that should be avoided. (Of course, politics, religion, and money are always off the table ... unless, of course you are giving something like a financial planning workshop, but I digress. Besides, you know what I mean!) When you learn as much as you can about the audience beforehand, you have a good idea of how much foundational information to provide and how deep of a dive in which you need to go to establish definitions and a framework so everyone is on the same page. Okay. Sounds good, right? But how exactly is that done? There are three stages involved with finding out who will be in your audience and how to work toward tailoring a message that will sew seeds of good ideas and resonate with your participants.