Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

DeFinis Communications

Rehearsal: Imagine if actors didn’t rehearse before filming … if they all decided they were going to be spontaneous and play it by ear. Even if your presentation is short it is crucial that you take the time to practice and rehearse every second of what you plan to say. On the surface, acting in a blockbuster movie and delivering a virtual presentation may appear to having nothing in common, aside from the fact that they both use a “screen” as their modus operandi.

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Rehearse More Effectively

Professionally Speaking...

I am a huge advocate of rehearsing a presentation multiple times before giving it (even though I hate rehearsing as much as the next person). Rehearsal has a multitude of benefits: It helps you internalize content, making it less likely you'll forget what to say. It makes your delivery sound more polished and confident. One of the key methods I recommend is rehearsing out loud so you can hear what you sound like.


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Beware the uncanny valley of presentation design and delivery

More than PowerPoint...

Borrowing from the world of robotics, I call this phenomenon the uncanny valley of design and delivery. I don’t run into the uncanny valley of presentation design and delivery too often, but when I do — my hair stands on end. If you find yourself tirelessly rehearsing the smallest gestures and facial expressions before your presentation — be warned! As you rehearse, remember that your goal is not to deliver a perfect speech or presentation.

5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

But for many speakers, moving from practice to a seemingly effortless delivery is the biggest leap of all. Make adjustments to avoid sounding rehearsed. I sounded memorized and I struggled with moving beyond this--with not sounding rehearsed." By the time the mike cut out, I was so enjoying my delivery that I didn’t let it faze me. Keeping it personal and intimate, even if only in your mind, makes a big difference in making that leap from practice to delivery.

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PowerPoint Tip: Solve your presentation delivery problems

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In today’s newsletter, I want to share some of the delivery tips I most often use when answering questions from participants in my workshops. Remember that rehearsing your presentation using the equipment and room setting is the best way to be prepared to deliver an awesome message. After you have planned your presentation and created persuasive visuals, you need to prepare to present your presentation.

10 Ways to Prepare for a TED Style Talk

Duarte Blog

Delivery Event Strategy Tips INK Conference practice preparation present process rehearsal speech TED TED Talk TED Talks TEDx TEDxEast tipsThere’s one question I’m asked frequently: how to give a TED Talk that works. I’ve given all types of talks. And while all presentations take an investment to make them effective, the creation of a high-stakes, beautifully staged TED style talk often proves to be especially difficult. It takes work to craft the talk, and [.] continue reading.

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8 tips to make your eye contact more powerful

Speaking about Presenting

“Waiting for the nod” is an effective way of pacing your delivery to the rate at which your audience can take it in. Tags: Delivery eye contact fear of public speaking presentation delivery rehearsal Even a newbie at public speaking knows they should make eye contact. But the term eye contact is rather vague. It can infer just making fleeting “contact” with a person then moving on. Don’t make eye contact – make “eye connection&#.

How to prevent and recover from mind blanks

Speaking about Presenting

These strategies fall into three areas: your beliefs about presenting, rehearsal strategies and presenting strategies: 1. Video yourself rehearsing with friends and colleagues and make a point of elongating your silences past what is comfortable for you. When you’re rehearsing, practice saying things in alternative ways. Rehearsal strategies. If you can’t think of what you want to say during a rehearsal, don’t jump straight to your notes.

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Clegg's reply to the Tory rebels weakened by lack of rehearsal

Max Atkinson

What a pity, then, that the Deputy Prime Minister didn't allow more time to rehearse what he wanted to say a few times before he said it. Had he done so, he wouldn't have had to spend so much time looking down at his script and might have even have managed a rather livelier and less 'wooden' delivery As a former MEP who has worked for an EU commissioner, Nick Clegg is obviously better informed about Europe than most of our MPs.

10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-format Talk

Duarte Blog

The amount of rehearsal time is inversely proportionate to the length of the talk. The shorter the talk, the longer the rehearsal time. In this case, for an 18-minute talk, we took approximately 18 hours to rehearse. Here are the ten steps I went through in rehearsing for my talks. Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator. In my case, I rehearsed with my ExComm Manager Krystin. She has gotten very good at rehearsing me and became a trusted coach.

What you need to know before your first presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Good content leads to better delivery. And most of those human beings won’t mind you being nervous, they’re not expecting dynamic delivery (they’d be disappointed most of the time) and they’ll forgive the odd um and ah. Rehearsal makes you better. Rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal. You may not enjoy rehearsing because it will bring up feelings of nervousness about the real presentation.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Some presenters and speakers think that too much rehearsal produces a dead presentation. Seth Godin said in a post entitled Rehearsing is for Cowards : I’m talking about the repetition of doing it before you do it, again and again. But that’s the wrong kind of rehearsal. There’s a better way to rehearse (yes, I talk about it below) that ensures you deliver value and come across as “live&#. It’s not because they haven’t rehearsed.

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Reading a Speech

Manner of Speaking

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Filed under: Delivery , Seth Godin. Delivery Seth Godin Barack Obama notes public speaking reading Ronald Reagan using notes Winston ChurchillSeth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect” They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it. His Squidoo Lens is also worth a look.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Some presenters and speakers think that too much rehearsal produces a dead presentation. Seth Godin said in a post entitled Rehearsing is for Cowards : I’m talking about the repetition of doing it before you do it, again and again. But that’s the wrong kind of rehearsal. There’s a better way to rehearse (yes, I talk about it below) that ensures you deliver value and come across as “live&#. It’s not because they haven’t rehearsed.

2011 159

Create presentation handouts using Notes pages

PowerPoint Tips

See these blog posts for more information on creating handouts… “ Manage the presentation process from conception to rehearsal to handouts ” “ Presentation handouts: Yes or no, what kind, and when? Delivery handouts Notes pages PowerPoint PowerPoint tips presentation handoutsI recommend using the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method for your slides. That means putting a slide title on each slide that tells the point and adding an image, diagram, chart, etc.

How to keep to time during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Generally, live presentations take longer than the rehearsal. When you do a final rehearsal , note down the time that each segment takes and then take that information to prepare a timed schedule. Waffling is one of the things that can make a live presentation go longer than the rehearsal. Tags: Delivery Photo credit: zoutedrop. Do you regularly go over time when you’re delivering a presentation?

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How to stop worrying about forgetting what you want to say

Speaking about Presenting

Rehearse. Rehearsal is always useful. Rehearse the transitions between your points. Tags: Delivery Do you have a fear of missing out something critical from your presentation? This concern can sabotage your presentation in three ways: To alleviate your concern you put everything you want to say on your slides. You write a script and read from it. You spend the whole presentation worrying instead of connecting with your audience.

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What’s the single most important secret for good public speaking?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

When I’m asked about the secret to good public speaking, my first instinct is to respond, "It's a journey you take the audience on, both intellectual and emotional, involving both content and delivery, and it’s a complex process, an art form, involving lots of moving parts."  Rehearsal and Preparation

2012 74

Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

So I try to familiarize myself with my surroundings, and if possible, rehearse in the venue so that it becomes second nature. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse. My professor used to tell us to rehearse our lines in a dark, quiet room, laying on our backs. Perhaps you can’t memorize your whole presentation, but I would suggest rehearsing your opening and closing with this technique. Staying up all night rehearsing and memorizing.

2012 86

The Secret To Public Speaking Success: Focus

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The speaker should always be focused on the audience, while creating the speech, rehearsing it, and delivering it.    Rehearsal is of course key in this regard, because no speaker can focus effectively on the audience if she is worried about the managing the content in real time.    It's in rehearsal that a speaker will find the ease necessary to take her focus off of herself, or the content, and free it up for the audience. 

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Preparation – your key to confident public speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

If you memorise those you can be sure you will use the words you chose for the greatest impact, and you can concentrate on delivery and especially on eye contact. Rehearsal is vitally important. Have a dress rehearsal. fear of public speaking public speaking nerves public speaking rehearsal speeches public speaking confidenceOne of the most powerful sources of confidence in public speaking is knowing that you are prepared.

The Night 8 People Stole 50 Hearts

Duarte Blog

Revision rounds with their peers, once-overs with their content mentors, dry runs with the designers creating their visuals, and a dress rehearsal with the entire production team. Both the delivery and the story itself improved with each performance. Delivery Diary Event Tips 8 8 minutes almost future internal presentations speak up speakers SpeakUp! Sometimes you can feel an experience being etched on your heart.

2012 69

How (and Why) to Tell Killer Sales Stories

Duarte Blog

This means that if you’ve memorized and rehearsed tales of how you’ve led your previous customers to success, you’ll probably end up bringing in more new customers. Audience Engagement Delivery Marketing Storytelling Strategy Tips communication duarte sale stories sales storytelling sales storytelling techniques storytelling

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Prepare for public speaking success

Pivotal Public Speaking

Once you are familiar with your material and the structure of your speech, you will be far more fluent in your delivery and you will lose the need to rely on notes. Rehearse out loud to reassure yourself you will not forget the main points of your speech. Your speech will improve by 80 percent just from one rehearsal – out loud. Use the rehearsal to develop confidence in your memory. public speaking public speaking nerves public speaking rehearsal

CNBC Calls Google Presenter a Johnson. Was that fair?

Duarte Blog

Important enough to plan, rehearse, and script something comprehensible? Steve Jobs definitely plans and rehearses more than this guy did. This old article in the Guardian states that Steve Jobs spends weeks planning a presentation and almost two full days rehearsing it. It was the delivery that was bad. Tags: Delivery Event Strategy Technology Video carmine gallo cnbc google nexus steve jobs How important is the launch of a new product?

Public Speaking and the Audience: We've Got a Problem

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

      Indeed, given the skewed evolution of public speaking content and delivery against the backdrop of the enforced intimacy of modern media, the wonder is that speeches are ever interesting at all. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Event Planning Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Television Visual Aids

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How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

That might be a bit extreme for the average speaker; instead, ask someone whose opinion you trust to watch you rehearse and give honest feedback. Delivery Event News Tips Video Duchess of Cambridge first impression Kate Middleton news press public speaking relate relax restrain speechKate Middleton received a lot of press attention this week for delivering her first public speech as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Steve Ballmer Could Make More Money if He Presented Well

Duarte Blog

How many hours did he spend rehearsing his delivery? Tags: Business Delivery Strategy launch speech steve ballmer windows 7 I’m connecting some pretty broad dots here but even though he’s a billionaire, Reuters reported that Steve Ballmer made $100,000 dollars less last year than the previous one.

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Steve Jobs: The Great Presenter

Duarte Blog

His communication brilliance didn’t just happen automatically, it was all be carefully planned, crafted, and rehearsed. Delivery Design Message Apple great presenter presenting steve jobsMany refer to Steve Jobs and the Great Inventor, but to me, he will always be the Great Presenter. It’s easy to admire the product innovator who made a product before you know you need it, the visionary who successfully established company strategy through counter-intuitive, disruptive moves.

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Practice Makes Perfect, or what Oscar Telecast producers could learn from watching Leonardo DiCaprio

Duarte Blog

For anyone who ever worried that practice would doom them to sound ‘rehearsed,’ Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio showed us how it’s done. Delivery EventNo more boring speeches. That was the pledge made by producers of the 88th annual Academy Awards when they announced that winners could list their “thanks yous” on ticker tape that would run live during the ceremony.

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Visualizing the Sun Food Agenda with Michael Pollan

Duarte Blog

He performed the presentation in front of a Duarte audience on two separate occasions, tried it out on his journalism students at least once, and then rehearsed it several more times by himself. Never underestimate the importance of rehearsal. Tags: Delivery Video food michael pollan poptech S.T.A.R.

Can you change the world in 15 minutes?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And finally, in the delivery section, he makes good (if rather basic) points about eye contact, but strays into dangerous territory when he tells people to “exaggerate” as a way of making your presentation more interesting.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Visual Aids

Can a weak speaker with a great message hold an audience?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He reads his speech with his nose in the paper, and the result is a sing-song, solipsistic delivery that doesn’t inspire.    Rehearse him in brief segments, getting him to get his head up from the page.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Can a weak speaker with a great message hold an audience? 

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The two types of presenter: which are you?

Speaking about Presenting

And they rehearse their presentation – maybe many times in order to ensure that there is no hesitancy and no mistakes. They might think of a few funny stories to tell but they don’t research – and they don’t rehearse. Rehearse and get feedback. This will make your delivery job easier. English actor Michael Cain puts it well – “Rehearsal is the work, performance is the relaxation.”. This is a post written by Tony Burns, my partner and co-trainer.

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The single easiest and fastest way to increase your charisma and impact as a speaker

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Working with clients, I spend a lot of time coaching them on delivery skills as well as, of course, helping them write great speeches.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Rehearsal Speech Writing Visual Aids

Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud. We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” Only then can you rest assured that you’ll give a great speech.

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Presentation Tip: Don't Memorize

Professionally Speaking...

Rehearse your delivery at least 5-6 times to internalize the content, flow and examples. As long as you have rehearsed adequately, you'll be able to communicate your points clearly even if you don't use the "perfect" words. Tags: Practice and Rehearsal Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations memorization Memorization works well for a lot of things: telephone numbers, Latin verb endings, the song lyrics for the holiday concert.

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Impressions of TED2010 so far…

Duarte Blog

Graphics have been simplified and the presenters are well rehearsed. Tags: Delivery David Cameron Day 1 Ester Duflo Haiti Jamie Oliver TED TED2010 It’s nice to be an attendee this year instead of running around the bowels of the Long Beach Performing Art Center supporting speakers. I gotta say, the presentations are of utmost caliber. There were only a couple so far were in desperate need of help. For me, that is fantastic news.

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Speaker coaching

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Great speechwriting enhances any speaker’s delivery. #2. Every minute of every dress rehearsal should be used for rehearsal. Use it wisely: early arrivals, prompt starts, carefully annotated delivery notes. A dress rehearsal is not the time to rewrite. I just returned from coaching several speakers at an international convention held in Las Vegas. What should you, as a speechwriter, understand about the speaker coaching process? #1.

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Using Humor in Your Presentation? Here’s a Checklist for Success

DeFinis Communications

He has “mono-face” and a stiff posture, and he uses limited vocal accents in his delivery so he can come across bland and uninteresting. Here is a short checklist to test your humor in both content and delivery before you give your presentation: Humor Content: Is it in good taste? Humor Delivery: Does using humor make you self-conscious and/or uncomfortable? Have you rehearsed the humor for this particular audience?

2012 152

7 Insights from the Jabberwocky Product Launch

Duarte Blog

Just like dance moves, presentations need rehearsal. Tags: Business Delivery Message Strategy Video better off ted cheetah jabberwocky vainglorious your ideal weight Have you ever done a presentation for a product you didn’t believe in? How ’bout for a product that doesn’t even exist? In the most recent episode of Better Off Ted , the characters give an AWESOME presentation for a product that promises to “redefine business at the speed of information!&#

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Use the Power of Practice to Build Your Speaking Skills

DeFinis Communications

You have to prepare your content and then take the time to practice and rehearse your delivery even when you think you don’t have the time to practice or don’t want to practice. The psychologist and philosopher William James famously wrote: “99% of our activity is purely automatic; all of our life is nothing but a mass of habits.”

A clear, engaging guide, not only for those speaking to the business world.

Pivotal Public Speaking

Through entertaining and insightful examples, Morgan illustrates a practical, three-part process—focusing on content development, rehearsal, and delivery—geared toward engaging an audience on every level: emotional, intellectual, and physical. ” • Rehearse effectively. Master the technical details of voice, posture, gesture, and motion during delivery. Working the Room. by Nick Morgan.