Some presentations are designed to simply motivate your audience. Some are designed to educate them. It’s this second batch that is tricky to do. It’s probably not that your presentations are lacking in educational material, but rather it’s the way that you are delivering it that really matters. You need to find a way to … Read more Make Your Audience Sit Up, Take Notice, And Learn At Your Next Presentation
Hopefully by now everyone at least knows that you can seriously damage your audience if you create and use poorly designed PowerPoint slides. The number one offence that everyone seems to be able to agree on is that a slide that has been overloaded with text and numbers (a) doesn’t work, and (b) puts your … Read more A Presenter’s PowerPoint Slides: Too Little Of A Bad Thing?
So perhaps you’ve had the opportunity to do some public speaking in the past, shucks maybe this is how you are currently making your living. As with all things that we’ve done a few (or many) times, we have a tendency to start to become just a little bit, how shall I say this, complacent? … Read more Back To Basics: Presentation Tips 101
You know, it’s always the little things that set the real pros apart from the rest of us. When it comes to speaking in public, having a really good introduction for yourself can be the key to getting your speech off to a great start. I must confess that I had forgotten just how powerful … Read more How Should I Introduce You Public Speaker?
We’ve talked about the fact that group meetings, especially for technical teams, can be a large expense and a big waste of time if not set up and run correctly. These are great opportunities to communicate with the entire team and you really don’t want to blow it. If you get picked to set one … Read more Group Meetings: More Gain, Less Pain
Every technical organization seems to have a big annual meeting of some sort. The last one of these that I attended was put on by an Executive Director at a firm who liked to do these twice a year. He would fly in all of his direct reports and have them spend 30 minutes each … Read more Group Meetings: Group Hug or Group Mug(ging)?
So there I was, on one of those conference calls with way too many people and all of a sudden it started to happen. The moderator would ask a question of someone who was on the call and that person would say “Huh? I’m sorry, but could you repeat the question?” This happened over and … Read more Huh? Learning To Stay In The Moment
Whenever we are called on to give a speech or write a report, we almost always focus on what we’d like to say in the middle of the delivery of our material. What’s interesting is that no matter if we are speaking the words or writing them, it’s the way that we start and the … Read more I Say Hello, You Say Goodbye…
How many times has this happened: you’ve got an important message to get across, you work hard to put together the best presentation that you can, you practice-practice-practice, and then when you finally deliver your piece de resistance you can clearly see that some folks in the audience are getting it while others have tuned … Read more How To Get Your Message To Stick w/ Everyone!