In the days leading up to a presentation, savvy speakers are mindful of prep work that will help them bring their “A Game” to the platform when it really counts.
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Sometimes we are in the least opportune locations doing the most mundane of tasks when struck with sudden bursts of brilliance. We must be prepared to capture these ideas when they come to us. Idea journals are great collection plates for random thoughts and new ideas for presentations. So is your Notes App.
In a physical sense, what are some action ideas to follow in the moments leading up to your presentation so you can bring your “A Game” to the platform when it really counts?
You don’t want a barrier standing between you and your audience. They won’t feel as close a connection with you. Instead of blocking your body by standing behind it, turn the lectern to a slight 45-degree angle and stand to the side of it. That way you are in full view of your audience, and […]
What might cause our audience members to disengage? What are reasons listeners may tune us out? Be aware of this opening killer. Use it—and your audience will lose it.
Eye contact may outweigh “ear contact.”
It’s a good idea to remind yourself that your audience probably hasn’t seen a written copy of your speech. They won’t know if you accidentally forget a story, unless you backtrack and decide to tell them. They probably won’t even realize if you leave out a key point. For example, in No-Panic Presentation Skills seminars, […]
Antsy before a presentation? Make time to meet and greet your audience.
With No-Panic Presentation Skills, another small detail that can make a big difference in our delivery is a strong posture. That’s where speaker’s stance saves the day, and you don’t even have to think about it too much.
The success of your next presentation depends on your ability to connect with your audience. It’s all about them, not you. Before you script out what you are going to say, or decide which template to use for your slides, ask first who’s going to be listening to your message.