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Steps To Create A Yawn Inspiring Presentation

In Uncategorized on September 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Speaking Tip #83

Creating and delivering a yawn-inspiring talk is easy. So easy in fact, that 82% of all presentations reach this level*. With numbers that high, it is clear most presenters strive to achieve this status.

Here are six easy steps to help you create a yawn-inspiring experience for your audience:

1) Talk mostly about yourself – You are fascinating and everyone is interested in hearing about your life. Talk mostly about yourself and a bit about the work you do. Do not worry about relating anything to the audience. They are grateful for the opportunity to listen.

2) Use PowerPoint at its lowest value – Here are 3 pointers to use PowerPoint as a essential element of a yawn-inspiring talk.

  • Turn out the lights and turn on PowerPoint as soon as you are introduced. This will help you feel more comfortable as no one can see you.
  • Project your notes onto the screen and read them verbatim, preferably with your back to the audience. This allows the audience to both hear and see your presentation. Pictures are distracting and should be avoided.
  • Include complex graphs, tables, and charts in your presentation.

3) Build your presentation around several messages – Presenting a single message is risky as the audience may not like or agree with the message. Presenting several ideas allows each person to choose the message they like. A smart audience will be able to take your disjointed presentation and piece together what you are trying to say.

4) Display your superior knowledge at all times – Answer every question definitively, even if you are not sure you’re correct. You are the expert which is why you are the speaker. Having fast answers instills confidence in the audience.  If an audience member disagrees with you or questions you, it is ok to belittle the person.

5) Wing it – Don’t waste valuable time preparing your talk. Audiences love natural performances that flow. You know your topic well enough that you can just talk off the cuff and still inspire your audience.  Having a prepared talk will stifle creativity and lead to a stiff presentation.

6) Give lots of information –  Even though research shows audiences can only organize and remember 3-5 bits of new information at a time, your audiences are probably smarter than average and your topic is interesting. Give the audience a ton of data, facts, and concepts.

Yawn-inspiring talks require little effort to prepare and save time as the chances of being invited back to speak again are low. As most presentations already fall into this category, you want to position yourself to part of the pack.

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*Why Bad Presentations Happen To Good Causes: Andy Goodman, 2006. Request a free copy at www.ispeakeasy.net

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The Tremendous Advantages Of Being A Good Speaker

In BNI or other Networking Groups, Business Networking Groups, Business Presentations, PowerPoint, Public Speaking, Uncategorized on September 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

We all know how to speak – that comes from having a mouth. But speaking and speaking well are two entirely different things. We all know this as we listen to others talk all the time.

Speaking well helps you:

  1. Improve your professional and personal reputation
  2. Increase your influence in decision making processes
  3. Be concise and on target at all time
  4. Gain the trust and respect of others very quickly
  5. Deal with difficult people
  6. Come across as sincere, authentic and reliable
  7. Increase your success business
  8. Be seen as an expert
  9. Make strong first impressions
  10. Conduct effective business meetings
  11. You attract people – people want to be with dynamic people
  12. Enjoy the rush of public speaking (even if you fear it)

Speaking is easy and we all do it everyday. Speaking well is learned skill. Effective speakers are able to get things done in a more efficient manner. It is that simple. Improve your speaking skills today.

Here are three things you can do to start the process of improving your effectiveness and credibility:

  1. Enjoy free speaking tips and articles at http://www.ispeakeasyblog.wordpress.com
  2. Talk with a professional speaking or presentation coach
  3. Enroll in the iSpeakEASY Speakers Academy

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A Really Great Question

In Business Networking Groups, Business Presentations, PowerPoint, Public Speaking, Social Media, Uncategorized on September 6, 2012 at 7:14 AM

I knew I was in trouble as soon as he blurted out “this is probably a really dumb question but…”

I knew I was about to hear a really basic question. The kind I am asked all the time. Something really basic and elementary that my perhaps my dog could answer.

I listened intently as he spoke and when he was done, I smiled as I replied, “that is a really great question”.

As a presenter, I hope the questions I am asked will be intellectually stimulating, challenging, and an opportunity for me demonstrate my credibility. This question was none of those.

In truth – it was a great question. What made it great was the fact that he was asking something that he did not know the answer. He was seeking to educate himself and to learn. This is the reason I speak – to help people see things in a new way and to help them discover new truths.

I watched his face light up as I affirmed the quality of his question. He listened carefully to my answer and from there; the conversation progressed down a related path. The audience appreciated the response as well. They knew they were safe asking a question without fear of belittlement. They saw the kindness offered by the presenter and the excitement I had as I gave the answer.

The response demonstrated that as speaker, I saw the audience as my equal. I did not feel superior to them, I welcomed their questions and inquiries and I was intent on helping them.

In truth, it was a pretty general question. The kind I get all the time. Yet I am so grateful he asked.

The next time you get a question that seems basic; perhaps even ridiculously simply, remember to answer it well. Take time to listen carefully to the question and be clear that you appreciate the question, even if it seems to be a very simple one. Be gracious and excited if not for the question itself, then for the opportunity to help a member of your audience. The manner in which you answer will speak volumes about the type of person you are.

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