When presenting, we’re often very nervous seeing the audience in front of us, thinking they’re judging us negatively. But the fact is, the audience are really on your side, they want you to do well.
If you try to lead the audience around to your point of view too soon, they will resist because of the reasons above.
When we pace an audience, we let them know we acknowledge what they might be feeling before we attempt to lead them around to our point of view.
The Leader’s Guide to Presenting is an excellent reference if you already have the basics of effective presenting under your belt and are looking to take your skills to the next level.
The Presentation Book is one of my favourite books on presentation skills and the one that I mostly recommend to my clients.
In thisTEDX talk, Mark Robinson shows us an excellent technique which combines asking questions and telling stories to deliver an engaging presentation.
Many people go into ‘presentation mode’ when they stand up to speak. They become very serious and ‘professional’ and by doing so, forget to smile as they present. Unless you are giving bad news, remember to smile. Look as though you are enjoying speaking about your topic. This will engage the audience much more than assuming a stiff and serious air.
Repetition is a simple but powerful way to get your message across. In this example of ‘Powerful Presentation Language’ I show you how to replace a statement with a question then echo the question in the answer for great impact.
Repetition is a simple but powerful way to get your message across. In this example of ‘Powerful Presentation Language’ I show you how you can create impact by using a pause in addition to the repetition of one word.
The first ‘Presentation Truth’ of the series talks about how it’s impossible for an audience to listen to a speaker and read slides at the same time.
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Repetition is a simple but powerful way to get your message across. In this example of ‘Powerful Presentation Language’ I show you one way to use repetition in your presentation.