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0Increase the Odds Your Audience GETS IT!
Let’s start with two facts relevant to presentations:
1. The Goal of all Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to – GET IT!
They may not agree with everything we say.
- They may not agree with anything.
- However, unless they GET IT! there cannot be a meaningful conversation going forward.
2. We cannot Multitask well!
The research shows multitasking is not as efficient as focusing and working on a single task.
When your audience is distracted from concentrating on your message, the interruption takes their focus away from you, the presenter, and increases the probability they will not GET IT!
DELETING Distractions increases the odds your presentation will be understood.
Let’s look at some possible distractions to a presentation and what can be done to DELETE them: Read More→
o Better Audience = Better Speaker
Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!
Be at the venue well ahead of time.
Find your seat and sit down.
Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and audience.
For a Successful Presentation.
There are specific things the Speaker must do.
There are specific things the Audience should do.
Meeting the Speaker before the Event.
Makes a connection that helps them perform better and increase your take-away.
Sit so your Whole Body faces the Speaker. Read More→
oYour Introduction: Write Your Own!
The Introduction is an Integral Part of Your Presentation.
The Introduction Sets the Stage for the Presenter.
The Introduction is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write.
The Introduction should be delivered by the Emcee as if They wrote it!
The Introduction is NOT Your Bio! Read More→
0 WHY Not?
Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread.
There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened!
It is a fear worth confronting and overcoming.
You might be the world’s leading authority on a subject, but if you can’t present that expertise to others in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains it well, you won’t achieve the goals that should be yours!
WHY do we have this Fear?
o These Work!
7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking
#1. NEVER tell the Audience!
Telling the Audience you have a Fear of Public Speaking is Negative Self-Talk.
It could become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy!
#2. Arrive Early Meet& Greet!
It is Amazing how much easier it is to speak to an audience where
you have introduced yourself to attendees before the event!
#3. Find a Friendly Face!
Look for a person listening and learning from your presentation.
You will get energy from those folks! Read More→
0 PowerPoint Design 24/7 Produced Fantastic Slides for these 7 Presentation Tips!
1. Use Personal Stories to reinforce the points you make in the body of
Make three to five points per presentation. Because they are your stories,
they’re easier to remember and tell.
2. Write your own Introduction.
It is not your bio.
It should answer three questions.
1. WHY this subject?
2. WHY this speaker?
3. WHY now?
3. Remember the Law of Primacy and Recency.
The audience best remembers the first and last things they see and hear.
This is why you want a Strong Opening and a Strong Closing.
4. If you use Props, put them out of site when finished with them else they
become a distraction to the audience.
This includes PowerPoint, where you can hit the “B” Button on your keyboard
to make the screen go blank!
5. Don’t use Buzz Words, Acronyms, or Techno-Speak.
Everyone doesn’t know their meaning and you’ll lose your audience.
6. Don’t use Handouts.
Unless it is a workshop, handouts will be a distraction to the audience.
7. When using Slides, stand to the left (as the audience faces) of the screen.
We read left to right.
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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, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their
Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.
They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts.
Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.
He shows them how to:
Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with –
- Keynote Speaker
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- Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!
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- Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
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oIt’s Important, but usually Missing.
I’ll bet you’ve experienced this:
The master of ceremonies takes the microphone immediately after a speaker finishes their talk and says, in an underwhelming manner,
“Thanks for coming. Drive home safely.”
WOW! That’s memorable isn’t it? NOT!
Ending a program like that is unfortunate. Regrettably, this anti-climatic way to draw to a close, a great message from a speaker, is often the norm. It’s done in this manner because no one, especially the emcee, thought about a better way to end the event.
Good News – There is!
If you’ve read any of my books, posts, or seen me speak, you know I’m a big proponent of writing your own Introduction. It is an important and integral part of a presentation because it sets the stage, establishes the credibility of the speaker, and builds enthusiasm for what is to follow. The presenter should write it for the host to deliver
as if they wrote it.
The same principal holds true for the words the emcee should speak after the speaker closes their presentation. This is called the After-Duction.
Here, again, the Speaker should write the After-Duction for the host to deliver as if they wrote it. The After-Duction is the professional thing an emcee should do, but they usually need help from the speaker. It should be given to them and reviewed with the host before presenting.
The After-Duction serves several purposes: Read More→
) Presented Before Each Presentation!
An audience attends events to learn something. They rightfully want great value for the time and money they are investing to sit in on a presentation. They like to watch and listen to Speakers who are Experts on a subject.
The question sometimes arises, “Why is this person making a presentation? What is their expertise? What education and experience gives them the right to talk on this topic?” They want to know your Credentials!
Many people know a little bit about a lot of topics, but have in-depth knowledge and expertise in only a few subjects. Would you prefer to listen to a presentation on flight from ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ airline captain, “Sully” Sullenberger, or a rookie who just completed flight school training? (One of the challenges of the internet is anyone can write and speak about any topic they choose, and we don’t always know what they know about the subject.)
Speaker Credibility is why the Speaker’s Introduction or Expertise Statement is Read More→
oAs a Guest Speaker!
Don’t just “Show Up” when the event starts!
There is much to be done before you begin your presentation.
First, this event is Important.
It’s important to the attendees, and it’s especially important to you! If you’ve read my books, watched my videos, or seen me speak, you know my mantra is:
“Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”
No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they?
The opportunity to speak in front of members of a Chamber is huge. Most of these local groups consist of business owners, top level employees, and community leaders. “Decision Maker” is part of their job description.
I’m making the assumption you offer a product or service they may need, or might refer others to get more information on. Good!
You’ll be speaking with some prospects! These busy folks are investing time and money to attend the meeting. They’ve come to network and learn something from the guest speaker – You! Don’t disappoint them!
When you are initially booked for the time and date, be certain you’ll be available with no foreseeable conflicts. Shame on you if you might have to cancel at the last minute. The odds you’ll have another opportunity to speak are slim. Because the directors of chambers know, and network with, each other, if you are a no-show at one, don’t bother trying for an opportunity at others.
The Following Items are Not Suggestions.
If you want Your Speaking Opportunity to be Successful, consider them RULES! Read More→