4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. 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. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. 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. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

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Link to a specific PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 slide from Microsoft Word or Excel

PowerPoint Tips

In another tip, “ Hyperlink to a specific slide in another presentation, or specific location in another file ,” one of the topics I cover is how to create a hyperlink in PowerPoint that links to a specific location in Word or Excel. Suppose you want to link from Word or Excel to Slide 2 in a PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 presentation. Hyperlinks Excel hyperlink link PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPont 2003 slide Word

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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. For more information, see the heading below on that topic. I have more detailed information on shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 here and here. In PowerPoint 2010, you’ll see the “Back Stage” area with a preview to the right. Do you create posters for personal or business use?

2007 170

Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? The topic: Which is more damaging, fire or water? Was it a powerful and engaging activity? There's always a way to make your topic more interesting ! Engaging the Audience Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? The topic: Which is more damaging, fire or water? Was it a powerful and engaging activity? There's always a way to make your topic more interesting ! Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

Create quick, professional diagrams with SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s an example of a simple agenda slide for a webinar I gave: When I get to each topic, people see the same image, so they remember that I’m staring one of the 3 major topics of the presentation. Ellen Finkelstein can train you or the presenters in your organization to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education.

2007 153

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

Speaking about Presenting

There are a number of tried and tested formats which are easy to adapt to your topic. They have a collection of previously used headlines (called a swipefile) and then they simply work out which type of headline will work best for their current topic. I’ll show you how this can work by taking one topic and generating a number of possible presentation titles by applying the different formats. The topic is teaching bioethics in secondary schools.

2010 219

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

If they’re inspired by your topic, they’ve got more information on it. However, they are good for inspiring people to find out more about a topic. And if you’re the sort of person who wants to tell the audience everything you know about the topic… you can put it in the handout. This is a perennial topic of debate amongst presenters. The problem here is not the handout, it’s that your presentation is not engaging enough.

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

This presenter is in love with their topic and wants to share it all with you – every nuance, every subtlety, every story. It’s highly entertaining and engaging – but an hour later when you try and work out what you learned – there’s a void. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning.

2010 219

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

This presenter is in love with their topic and wants to share it all with you – every nuance, every subtlety, every story. It’s highly entertaining and engaging – but an hour later when you try and work out what you learned – there’s a void. Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? These seven types are all a result of a lack of planning or the wrong sort of planning.

2010 218

6 reasons why you shouldn’t give an overview presentation

Speaking about Presenting

A deep presentation explores one aspect of a topic in depth, whereas a wide presentation gives an overview of the entire topic. A study of over 8,000 college science students found that those who had studied at least one major topic in depth at high school, got better grades in college science. Anyone can give an overview of a topic. An in-depth exploration of a particular aspect of a topic is more likely to inspire people to find out more about the topic.

2010 170

Hear live from 8 presentation experts without leaving your home

Speaking about Presenting

Each speaker’s name is a link to a page where you can read more about the speaker and their topic. October 6, 2010. Related posts: 18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Ellen Finkelstein has organized a series of webinar presentations with a great line up of presenters. And not only will you not have any travel and accommodation costs, the webinars themselves are free! To sign up for the webinars go to this webpage: Outstanding Presentations Workshop.

2010 172

6 reasons you shouldn’t give an overview presentation

Speaking about Presenting

A deep presentation explores one aspect of a topic in depth, whereas a wide presentation gives an overview of the entire topic. A study of over 8,000 college science students found that those who had studied at least one major topic in depth at high school, got better grades in college science. Anyone can give an overview of a topic. An in-depth exploration of a particular aspect of a topic is more likely to inspire people to find out more about the topic.

2010 165

Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

The mighty easel chart can spontaneously engage your audience in real time. With a larger audience, you can achieve the same thing by writing on a tablet as Dan Roam did at SXSW 2010. And when you do ask for questions how about saying: I welcome you asking me anything about this topic. The best presentations at SXSW 2010. Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience.

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

Speaking about Presenting

Your use of metaphors will depend on your audience’s familiarity with the topic. A presentation on the same topic to a different audience is likely to need a different key message. As this was a webinar as opposed to a face to face presentation, I used more slides than I normally do, so that there was always something visually interesting to keep you engaged. Any recommendations for dealing with technical topics – for example training about a software program?

2010 172

When Ego Gets in the Way of a Good Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

I attended an event recently where the presenter was the co-author of a well-known book on a hot business topic. My expectations were high -- given his obvious expertise, I was counting on some valuable insights as well as an engaging presentation style. And even if he was correct in his assumption about her question, what an arrogant way of shutting down her [and perhaps others'] engagement with him and the material.

2010 147

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

Speaking about Presenting

Managers who engage Effective Speaking to run courses for their staff often tell us ‘I want to know immediately what they’re telling me.” You could use it effectively in a keynote presentation (as Gladwell does) or in a teaching/training environment as an introduction to a larger topic. A long time ago I attended a presentation on ostrich farming.

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. What if, like Robert Schimmel in his quote above, you are discussing a topic like cancer (his son's and his own) or epilepsy or eating disorders -- a topic that makes an audience uncomfortable at best. More than any other topic, humor is critical here to lighten up what can be a very heavy and distressing topic for your audience.

2010 146

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

Speaking about Presenting

Your use of metaphors will depend on your audience’s familiarity with the topic. A presentation on the same topic to a different audience is likely to need a different key message. As this was a webinar as opposed to a face to face presentation, I used more slides than I normally do, so that there was always something visually interesting to keep you engaged. Any recommendations for dealing with technical topics – for example training about a software program?

2010 164

What’s Your Sentence?

Manner of Speaking

What is the topic? One of my regular speaking engagements is a course on public speaking and presentation skills for the Executive MBA Programme at the University of Lausanne. When it comes to motivation, creativity or the changing nature of work, one of my favourite authors is Daniel Pink. A few months ago, I reviewed Dan’s latest book , Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates us , and its applicability to public speaking.

2010 174

What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. In terms of their knowledge of and interest in your topic, of course they vary. However, you can generally assume that all audiences want to be engaged. In that sense, an engaging opening is what your audience wants.

Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. I want you to rethink the way you perceive your topic.

2010 136

Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

Professionally Speaking...

Before the presentation, provide an accurate summary of your topic for any source [agenda, program, etc.] For example, "We've been talking about exercises to engage a group of 10-15 people. If a majority of your audience has expectations that, by keeping to your planned remarks you will not likely meet, and if you have the necessary knowledge to have a discussion about the audience's desired topic, I say go for it.

Review of Nancy Duarte's New Book: resonate

Professionally Speaking...

Like a great presentation, Nancy Duarte's new book, resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences is engaging, relevant and passionate. These topics, rich with case studies of people and companies you'll recognize, cover easily usable techniques that will improve any presenter, regardless of experience or job level.

2010 145

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

get the audience emotionally involved Build a relationship with the audience by understanding them, their needs and their wants Practice, practice, practice Care about your topic Care about your audience Be accessible and understandable Find your passion Hire a coach! Tags: Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks TEDxSB Authenticity

2010 138

Breaking the Ice: A Guest Post by TeachStreet

Manner of Speaking

Within one minute, they will have decided whether to listen with complete engagement, or absent-mindedly, or not at all. It’s your job to engage them — completely. Abram’s joke isn’t even relevant to his topic, yet it does a good job in helping engage his audience for the rest of his 18-minute talk. Today’s post comes from TeachStreet , a website dedicated to providing online and local classes. I am proud that Manner of Speaking is a featured blog on TeachStreet.

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Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. I want you to rethink the way you perceive your topic.

2010 122

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

While it will always be easier to recite information (one way) than it is to make an engaging speech (two way) presentation that connects with your audience, today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction. Get out of your comfort zone and choose to make your presentations more engaging and interactive. Obviously, this coach had given this speech once or twice before, and yet his ending Q&A was the first time he engaged the audience one-on-one.

2010 126

Presentation Barriers: Audience Attitudes

Professionally Speaking...

The proper preparation for any presentation is analyzing our audience -- their existing knowledge of the topic, how they feel about it and what they need to know to make the information relevant to them. We likely find our topic fascinating, have put a lot of work into preparing our presentation and feel it's a reflection on us personally when the audience is not engaged. Engage them with stories. Be clear about your position on the topic.

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. What if, like Robert Schimmel in his quote above, you are discussing a topic like cancer (his son's and his own) or epilepsy or eating disorders -- a topic that makes an audience uncomfortable at best. More than any other topic, humor is critical here to lighten up what can be a very heavy and distressing topic for your audience.

2010 116

Humor in a Presentation - Obama Style

Professionally Speaking...

There is an ever increasing list of topics that would be considered inappropriate or insensitive by an ever increasing number of people. So do your homework to find out whether the funny comments you want to use about certain topics will have the audience throwing their heads back in laughter or throwing sharp objects in your direction. Humor can be a powerful tool for engaging an audience. I always caution my clients about using humor in their presentations.

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Super Bowl SUCCESs

Speak Schmeak

Credible: What's not to believe about the topics or methods of search? Tags: Stories Engaging the Audience TV inspired Made to Stick Even if you didn't watch the Super Bowl, you can still see one of the better ads right now on YouTube. There are a lot of reasons this commercial for Google worked. I'm going to approach it from the perpective of Chip and Dan Heath's " Made to Stick. Let's see how it stacks up against their acronym SUCCESs as a memorable or "sticky" message.

2010 133

More fun with 30-second commercials

Speak Schmeak

If we notice a solitaire, rather than a plain band, we might ask the person if they've recently gotten engaged. And Ginny Milhoan, chiropractor, used a little topical humor when she suggested that our necks might be hurting because we're worried about whether we can pay our taxes -- and that she could take away that stress with her non-force adjustment technique. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2010 122

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

Speaking about Presenting

Your use of metaphors will depend on your audience’s familiarity with the topic. A presentation on the same topic to a different audience is likely to need a different key message. As this was a webinar as opposed to a face to face presentation, I used more slides than I normally do, so that there was always something visually interesting to keep you engaged. Any recommendations for dealing with technical topics – for example training about a software program?

2010 127

Are We There Yet? Getting to the Point in Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Even at the best of times, when the presenter does most things right, it's an on-going challenge to keep the audience engaged. It is frequently difficult for a speaker, particularly one who is very knowledgeable about his topic, to hold himself back from sharing all his expertise. Resulting behavior includes complicated explanations, too much focus on one small aspect of the topic and getting into too much detail when answering questions.

2010 130

Only 4 days left to register for public speaking group coaching in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

It makes sense that strong communication skills and being perceived as an expert in your field through speaking engagements would help to build your business. Some of the topics covered include managing fear and anxiety, engaging your audience, structuring a presentation, creating a strong opening and closing, PowerPoint design principles, proper preparation, relaxation tools, and more. News General Comments Resources Speaking Engagements

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Only 4 days left to register for public speaking group coaching in Santa Barbara!

Speak Schmeak

It makes sense that strong communication skills and being perceived as an expert in your field through speaking engagements would help to build your business. Some of the topics covered include managing fear and anxiety, engaging your audience, structuring a presentation, creating a strong opening and closing, PowerPoint design principles, proper preparation, relaxation tools, and more. Tags: News General Comments Resources Speaking Engagements

2010 100

How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

You might find it difficult to use your observational and listening skills during a presentation while you're talking and thinking and trying to stay focused on your topic. Tags: TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Athletes Speaking Engagements During last night's Tour de France coverage, commentator Craig Hummer made the following segue: "We should make note of the area's most famous landmark, the coal mine behind us.

2010 122

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

get the audience emotionally involved Build a relationship with the audience by understanding them, their needs and their wants Practice, practice, practice Care about your topic Care about your audience Be accessible and understandable Find your passion Hire a coach! Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity

2010 116

Interview with Andy Zimmerman, VP for myBrainshark.com

PowerPoint Tips

Through myBrainshark, users who are subject matter experts on business-related topics can apply to become Learning Providers. There is a wide variety of premium learning content available – spanning topics including leadership, compliance, social media, selling skills and more. This also means that anyone – with only a PowerPoint deck, phone and Internet connection – can engage in online video marketing… no camcorders, video editing software or video expertise required.

2010 126

What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. In terms of their knowledge of and interest in your topic, of course they vary. However, you can generally assume that all audiences want to be engaged. In that sense, an engaging opening is what your audience wants.

Safety is fun! says Virgin America

Speak Schmeak

It proves my point that the dullest, dreariest topic can be made fun and engaging. Think about how you can say the same old thing in a new, fresh and engaging way in your next presentation. Engaging the Audience Fun StuffDownload audio here. Here's another very clever way to take something old, predictable and boring and make it fresh again. All the information is here, but delivered in a new and fun way.