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 […]
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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.
It’s no secret that public speaking tops many lists of the Top Ten Fears and Phobias. The mere thought of standing up and speaking to a group of people makes them break out in hives. Even seasoned professional presenters know as soon as you take the stage, so to speak, and as soon as the […]
For five years I served on the faculty of the American Management Association International, traveling and teaching one-day seminars. More specifically, I worked the five-cities-in-five-days circuit. For example, Monday might find me in Denver; Tuesday in Salt Lake City; Wednesday in Boise; Thursday in Seattle; and Friday in Portland, Oregon.
We’ve all seen it happen. A presenter hasn’t practiced closing statements, so he or she says something along the lines of, “Any questions?”