It’s about the audience

PowerPoint Tips

You’re always presenting for your audience. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience. It’s your job to engage the attention of your audience.

2019 161

How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

I spent a ton of time preparing for the “Meet the Candidate” meetings. I spent most of my time preparing for the Q&A. I knew this would be the most important part of my performance, and where I was most likely to get hammered if I wasn’t prepared. I brainstormed a list of possible questions that people in the audience might ask me. Prepare Answers. AudienceIn 2001, I was a candidate for the Green Party in New Zealand.

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How to present when there’s no time to prepare

PowerPoint Tips

First of all, in this situation, the audience usually understands that you didn’t have time to prepare. It depends on the audience, of course. Most people find it a challenge to present with no preparation time, so you’re not alone.

2014 207

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Now, for our fourth challenge: Be Prepared.

Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

Just as you prepare for your job by making sure you have key supplies on hand, when you’re taking on the role of “presenter,” you must prepare by making sure your speaker’s toolbox is stocked. The better prepared you are for any presentation, the more effective your speech will be.

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

On this week's episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List , Kathy is preparing for a set at the Apollo Theater. She receives valuable advice about what not to say to the audience, but for the most part is told "Be yourself."

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

On this week's episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List , Kathy is preparing for a set at the Apollo Theater. She receives valuable advice about what not to say to the audience, but for the most part is told "Be yourself." Tags: Preparation Entertainers Kathy Griffin

What Bugs Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

Sincerely, Your Audience. Luckily most of our audiences are too polite or professional to write such a letter but that doesn''t mean they don''t want to. Business audiences across the globe complain about the same presenter shortcomings, yet somehow we presenters don''t get the message.

7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

How could they come to an event of such high caliber and not be prepared? The funny thing is, if you ask them, they might tell you they spent a lot of time preparing, perhaps even over-preparing. Because the truth is that you can prepare and still not do well if you prepare incorrectly. In other words, not all preparation is the same. Too much content without enough structure can leave the audience overwhelmed and perplexed.

2014 171

Preparation vs Procrastination

Manner of Speaking

Being prepared is one of the most important things that a speaker can do. It helps a presentation run smoothly and it shows respect for the audience. But when does preparation become over preparation or worse, procrastination? Each preparation is different. Preparation will not guarantee perfection. Preparation is important. Tags: Preparation Author Business Communications Jackson Browne marketing public speaking Seth Seth Godin Squidoo

Debate Preparation – Seven Rules for Success

Matt Eventoff

Yet, too many candidates spend more time preparing breakfast than preparing for a debate, and it shows. . Which brings us to Debate Prep 101, Rule #1 – If you don’t prepare, you know how you will fare! 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.

2010 176

Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

And these comments come with an exasperated tone and a clear disappointment in the audience, that the audience is just too clueless to understand without lots of lecturing. What does the audience really need, want and care about?

2014 257

June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Now, for our sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind.

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

Cam Beck asked me this question the other day in response to my post about your worst public speaking fear coming true : "So how do you know the difference between preparing and over-preparing?" Also, here's a post I wrote about how I prepare for a presentation.

2007 130

How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

Speaking about Presenting

However, it’s challenging to prepare a good Pecha Kucha presentation and even more so to deliver it well. But we, the audience were fine – it gave us more time to look without having to process words at the same time. Photo by Olly Barrett.

How To Prepare For The Unexpected Questions

Presentation Guru

In this article, Jim gives a detailed list of the importance of rehearsal and preparation, and the necessity for speakers to anticipate what their audience may ask. As presenters, many of us have been caught off guard during the Q&A section after a presentation.

2016 75

Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

Here's the thing: Your audience is ALWAYS going to interpret your stories and your message through their own filters, their own background, and their own lifetime of knowledge and experience. Your audience is already interpreting your message through their multiple filters.

2016 192

Crisis Media Preparation – 6 Crucial Rules

Matt Eventoff

Know what you want to say and how you want to say it – Ask yourself what am I trying to accomplish and who is my audience. Practice, prepare and have a message – Sounds simple enough, but without practice and preparation, the results usually speak for themselves (not in a positive way). This week has been rife with examples of organizations that have had a rough go in the media.

How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. Your audience is not you. Better yet, these questions help me prepare for objections.

2018 102

Enchanting Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

APPLICATION: Do your homework and uncover the needs of your audience before you even start creating your presentation. Knowing what points are likely to be contentious allows you to prepare extra backup in these areas, anticipate questions and rehearse answers that will satisfy the skeptics.

7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

How could they come to an event of such high caliber and not be prepared? The funny thing is, if you ask them, they might tell you they spent a lot of time preparing, perhaps even over-preparing. Because the truth is that you can prepare and still not do well if you prepare incorrectly. In other words, not all preparation is the same. Too much content without enough structure can leave the audience overwhelmed and perplexed.

2015 118

Dealing with a distressed audience

Speak Schmeak

I'm talking about those times when your audience is in distress or distracted because of something that's happened (or is going to happen) at their workplace, in the community, or in the world. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Communication

2012 221

Preparation rituals, part 1

Speak Schmeak

So I'm going to post a three-part series about preparation rituals over the next week and let's see if we can add some layers to your level of preparation. A preparation ritual is just a routine that helps us prepare for an upcoming task.

2008 130

What to do when you’re losing your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience’s attention will fade over time unless you take specific steps to keep them engaged. Here’s what happened – the lecturer stumbled upon the audience’s Attention Reset Button. So that’s what you need to do when you’re losing your audience. Audience

2011 285

Can audience introductions work?

Speak Schmeak

And I realized that, because this seminar was about facilitating connections, it made perfect sense for the food industry audience to know who was in the room. Speakers Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

How to Prepare and Present Powerful Presentations, with Patricia Fripp

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

She shared valuable information for aspiring professional speakers who want to prepare and present powerful presentations, including: Ask: Are you practicing to improve or to reinforce bad habits? Engage the audience in your subject by asking “Would it interest (horrify, amaze) you to know…” Populate your presentations with flesh and blood characters other people can relate to. You audience will remember what they “see” in your stories.

2014 200

Sometimes it's better not to be prepared

Speak Schmeak

Did Lisa actually just say, "Sometimes it's better NOT to be prepared?" She had somehow missed the notification, so was taken by surprise and had not prepared anything. Here's my point about preparation. I didn't really mean it's better not to be prepared AT ALL.

resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Manner of Speaking

Nancy Duarte’s latest work, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences is such a book. We should take the audience on a journey from what is to what could be. Get to Know the Hero — The hero, of course, is the audience.

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May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Now, for our fifth challenge: Be Prepared. I don't think I have to tell you what happens we when don't prepare properly for presentations. And yet, preparation is the hardest thing for (non-professional) speakers to make into a regular habit.

Simple preparation rituals can power presentation energy

The Presenter's Blog

You too are on the field before an audience; You too have adrenalin flowing as if entering the Olympics; You too can benefit from pre-performance rituals. Managing Nerves Stagecraft "Peter Watts" accupressure affirmations blog breathing communicating confidence confident endorphins nerves nervousness performance Peter preparation presentation presenters' blog rituals successHow do you psyche yourself up to your best achievement levels?

Successful preparation is the basis for a successful presentation

PowerPoint Tips

When you find out that you need to give a presentation, your first step should be preparation. And to successfully prepare, you need to know what steps you need to take. What are the steps of preparation for a successful presentation? Research your audience.

2011 196

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. you might have prepared a lot of information which you feel compelled to deliver to the audience, leaving little time for others' opinions.

Presentation Barriers: Audience Attitudes

Professionally Speaking...

To end this series, I want to look at how audience attitudes can also create presentation barriers for the speaker. 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. So our job is to try and get inside the minds of the audience. APATHY It's easy to take offense at disinterest from the audience.

Things that public speakers don’t need on stage

Manner of Speaking

Delivery Preparation audience coins in the pocket jingle Presentation public speakingWhen you deliver a speech or presentation, there are several things you do not need to bring on stage: – Your cell phone – Coins in your pocket – Keys in your pocket – Anything that can jingle in your … Continue reading → The post Things that public speakers don’t need on stage appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

2019 173

What will the audience do when I’ve finished speaking?

Manner of Speaking

Long-time readers of this blog know that I frequently stress the importance of thinking about the audience before preparing a speech or designing a presentation. A speech or presentation is always about the audience: first; last; and foremost. In the video below, Conor succinctly explains why speakers should always ask themselves what they want their audiences to do when they have finished speaking.

2011 161

Presentation Tip: The Audience's Gift to You

Professionally Speaking...

But this is not how we generally feel when we are standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation. In fact, our audiences are giving us one of the most precious gifts of all -- their time. When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful. excited. humbled.

2012 163

Your Visual Package: What The Audience Sees

Professionally Speaking...

The brilliance of your message is only part of what an audience will focus on during your presentation. Your audience brings a holistic perspective to your presentation. How They Interpret: Lack of preparation or lack of care about connecting with them or both.

11 Steps to a Killer Presentation

Manner of Speaking

Filed under: Preparation, Uncategorized. Preparation Uncategorized audience Guy Kawasaki Presentation public speaking simplicity

2016 159

June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! Now, for our sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind. Last month, we talked about the external aspects of presentation preparation, the nuts and bolts of organizing your thoughts into congruent and cohesive content, preparing your materials and adjusting your venue.

Are you making excuses to avoid your audience?

Speak Schmeak

The conversation yesterday started with my client telling me that he would like to be more personable, and that he has trouble making eye contact with the audience. 1) Interacting with the audience before and after you speak is part of your job.

2013 243

Sometimes it's better not to be prepared

Speak Schmeak

Did Lisa actually just say, "Sometimes it's better NOT to be prepared?" She had somehow missed the notification, so was taken by surprise and had not prepared anything. Here's my point about preparation. I didn't really mean it's better not to be prepared AT ALL.

How To Get Your Audience Back On Time – 10 Simple Solutions

Presentation Guru

For presenters, keeping an audience engaged is of the utmost importance when presenting. However, when giving an all-day presentation, sometimes getting the audience back into full-swing after a break can be difficult.

2016 80

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. Lackluster openings bore audiences, but there is a way to begin your presentation that will make audiences take notice: skip the formalities and say something that immediately engages them. Drawing your audience into your presentation is important.

2014 234