Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying? And to be honest, your audience might not ask. Speak plain English to your audiences.

Debate Preparation – Seven Rules for Success

Matt Eventoff

We have now officially entered silly season - the final weeks of the 2010 election season, and that means… debates, and lots of them! Campaigns spend an inordinate amount of time raising money to do one thing – deliver their message to voters, most often through paid media. Audiences will forgive a lot, but an audience will not forgive blanking on an opening statement when you must articulate why you are running for office.

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How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Follow these steps: In PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010, click the Design tab. I have more detailed information on shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 here and here.

How to fight the urge to overload your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Alec’s drive is to deliver maximum value to his audience. It seems to make intuitive sense that the way to deliver maximum value is to give the audience as much as possible. You can deliver value to your audience in lots of other ways.

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience.

How to simplify your presentation without dumbing it down

Speaking about Presenting

Your job is to make the complex easily graspable to your audience by arriving at that simplicity. Flowcharts - construct a flowchart that enables your audience to see the process and clearly identify the decision points. Making a presentation simple requires hard thinking.

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right).

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How to use your remote to switch to another presentation in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

This is a common situation when you’re in a large room or just want to move around among the audience members. If it looks good and is a good indicator to the audience of what’s to come, leave it on the slide.

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13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards. Audience members will have a concrete reminder making your presentation more memorable. Benefits for audience members.

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16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience!

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? And that results in information overload for the audience. The audience never gets taken anywhere. 7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation.

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. Lincoln reminds the audience of the basis on which the country was founded: liberty and equality.

How to write a presentation title that gets people flocking to your session

Speaking about Presenting

Now your prospective audience member is thinking “I better know what those three critical concepts are”. 7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation. Get inspiration for your presentation title from magazines. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler.

The Top 5 Communications Lessons from 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

One last item to tick off the list for last year before I get fully up to speed in 2011:  who were the best communicators in 2010 – and why?    Their list includes many that I agree with, but because it also includes some partisan political choices (really, there were no good Democratic communicators in 2010?   Instead, I’m going to talk about what makes a great public communicator and what lessons we can learn from those 2010 examples. 

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. There are other more appropriate ways of getting your audience engaged.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. There are other more appropriate ways of getting your audience engaged.

Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Kristin Arnold has written a provocative and intensely practical book Boring to Bravo on how to meet that challenge by encouraging audience participation. Close with an audience commitment.

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right).

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience!

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? And that results in information overload for the audience. The audience never gets taken anywhere. Related posts: Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# : Your Questions Answered.

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Presentation structure: Why it’s smarter to put your conclusion in your opening

Speaking about Presenting

But most of the time (exceptions below), it’s more effective to tell your audience your conclusion near the beginning of your presentation. It gives your audience the big picture. 2.You’re concerned that your audience might disagree with your conclusion.

Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience is the hero. Nancy recommends casting the audience as the hero of your presentation and suggests you, the presenter, take on the role of mentor. Nancy says: Audience insights and resonance can only occur when a presenter takes a stance of humility.

Five less-talked about gems from Nancy Duarte’s latest book “Resonate”

Speaking about Presenting

You audience is the hero. Nancy recommends casting the audience as the hero of your presentation and suggests you, the presenter, take on the role of mentor. Nancy says: Audience insights and resonance can only occur when a presenter takes a stance of humility.

Get your audience’s attention by adding anticipation

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation that communicates well uses a slide to help the audience understand and remember your point. But, when your topic is a little boring, like a review of 3rd quarter sales, you may need a little help to keep the attention of your audience.

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How to keep your audience’s attention

PowerPoint Tips

Chris Atherton (and more about her here ) has a great blog post on how to give a presentation that keeps your audience’s attention. Even for business presentations, you want your audience to understand and remember what you say!

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The Psychology of Storytelling

Manner of Speaking

Another Audience Captivated. Audiences crave them. Whether fiction or nonfiction, a narrative engages its audience through psychological realism — recognizable emotions and believable interactions among characters. [T]he

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A long time ago, before death by PowerPoint

Presentation Zen

Notice too how he has gathered the troops close to the front, how he himself stands close to the back-lit screen (even slightly in front of it at times), and maintains eye-contact with the audience, occasionally pointing to key areas of the animation on screen.

The Top 5 PowerPoint Slide Makeover videos of 2010

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The slides end up being read to the audience. I still see far too many slides that are really speaker notes instead of visuals that promote a conversation with the audience. Yes, it takes a little more time to create simple visuals instead of just writing out what you want to say on your slides, but your presentation will be so much more effective and your audience will take action on your message. #2:

Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted

Speak Schmeak

Or you may choose to use a script when your audience can't see you; for example, when you're giving a webinar.

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying? And to be honest, your audience might not ask. Speak plain English to your audiences.

Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

The best way to thank your audience is to say “Thank you&#. If you have time to entertain questions, say so and invite the audience to ask you some.

6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

I stand up at my desk, imagine an audience around me, and present exactly as it were the real thing. The magic moment of the audience’s full attention. And when I’m the speaker, I know that special moment is the only time I will have the entire audience’s full attention.

The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts in 2010

The Eloquent Woman

Here are the 10 most popular posts from 2010 on The Eloquent Woman blog: "How do I establish credibility as a speaker when my age and looks work against me?" non-technical for a mixed audience? Check (out) your audience at the door: 8 reasons speakers should.

Should you say “thank you” at the end of a presentation?

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s the question the sparked the discussion: “In my home [Toastmaster] club, it has been generally accepted that the speaker does not thank the audience at the conclusion because it diminishes the impact of the ending and it is somewhat trite.

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If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) — Scobleizer

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Every time I start a presentation I joke that I will not force my audience to sit through boring slides so I won’t be using PowerPoint today. With Prezi you can zoom in, which gets your audience to pay attention to the message.

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Be like the bamboo: 7 lessons from the Japanese forest

Presentation Zen

If we could lose our fear, perhaps we could be more creative and find simpler solutions to even complex problems that ultimately provide the greatest usefulness for our audiences, customers, patients, or students

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Who let my mom in? Or, Don't guess when you dress

Speak Schmeak

Oh yeah: Make sure you know who is in the audience. Will the audience be in suits? Perhaps your audience is on a retreat at a resort and they ARE wearing resortwear. Other audiences have worn resortwear, polo shirts, cashmere and pearls, and student chic.

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The one thing you can do to be a better speaker.

Speak Schmeak

Audiences respond better to someone who doesn't come across like a diva. Your audience wants to know you're a real person who's been in their shoes, or at least can relate to the problem they are there to solve. If there's one thing that will make you a better speaker.

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Basic Public Speaking Etiquette

Manner of Speaking

No sooner is Jane’s back turned than Joe starts talking to the audience. Perhaps Joe does this because he is nervous; perhaps he does it because he is eager to share his talk with the audience. Smile at your audience. And your audience will not be distracted by the movement of the person who introduced you. The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking.

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