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5 Things You Can Do To Bore Your Audience

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Why is it we can be bored out of our minds while listening to a talk about something we are interested in? The speaker is educated, knowledgeable,  and a decent person, yet the presentation are flat and uninspiring. The speaker may want to engage us, inform us and motivate us, yet the very message they are trying to deliver is lost because of sub-standard delivery.

The following “Fatal Five” are blunders speakers make that turn audiences off! We have all witnessed them, but hopefully not all in one talk.

Reading the Slides

  • Slides support what you say and should not repeat what is coming out of your mouth. Use as many images as possible to convey your thoughts and use text sparingly.

Too Long – Too Much Information

  • The goal is to provoke thinking and spark interest in your listener. Give enough information to explain the main point, but do not go too far with details. If there is something not covered, it will resurface in the question and answer section.

Lack of Interaction

  • Think beyond the standard question and answer session to find ways to allow your audience to interact with the speaker and with each other.

Lifeless Presenter

  • It is hard to be excited about a topic if the person talking seems half way to the morgue! Fluctuate your voice tone and volume, move your body and show interest in your own topic!

Room and Technical Problems

  • Most problems are avoidable and you should have a backup plan. Arrive early to trouble shoot any problems that may come up. Check your equipment, lighting, temperature and the seating.


Through proper design, your audiences will not face any of the fatal five. Your credibility will soar; your work will be understood, and support for your project will increase!


ource: “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes”, Andy Good and Cause Associates. 2006

Enhanced Presentation Skills For Scientists

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2015 at 8:13 AM

Myths about technical talks

Contrary to conventional wisdom that says the technical audience is eager for a “data dump”, a survey by Hewlett Packard reflect people’s preference for talks that are well organized and easy to follow. Technical speakers who try to show how much they know by making their presentation complex would be more successful if instead they focused on simplifying their message. It’s a classic example of ‘less is more’”.

Rather than wanting more technical details, techies wanted:

  • More concise information
  • More effective style
  • Better visual aids

iSpeakEASY and the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture are providing two interactive seminars to help scientists deliver technical information that help audiences make better informed choices These specially priced workshops are designed for presenters providing scientific or technical information and are scheduled several weeks prior to the State of Estuary Conference.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

California Coastal Commission, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Information and Registration

Session 1: Speak So People Will Listen

9 AM to noon

Imagine how much easier it would be to design your next talk if you knew exactly what the audience wanted to hear. Improve the effectiveness of your presentation by providing the information your audience wants to hear in an engaging manner.

This interactive session identifies the:

  • 3 qualities of an effective speaker
  • 4 tools to improve your presentation
  • 5 fatal flaws of public speaking

Each participant will develop a theme statement and outline for an upcoming presentation

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Effective PowerPoint Skills

1 PM to 4 PM

PowerPoint (and similar programs) has become a mainstay in scientific presentations. It is a powerful tool when used properly yet most presenters use it merely to display text and charts. “Death by PowerPoint” is an all too common experience.

This workshop is designed for presenters providing scientific or technical information. This session will help you:

  • Select the right visual aid for your situation
  • Present visual aids in your presentation
  • Design slides that convey your message
  • Use PowerPoint like a professional

Working in small groups, participants create slides that convey complex information in a simple and complete manner.

This session will change the way you use PowerPoint.

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