5 ways to improve your micro-presentations

Speak Schmeak

While this may not be ideal for your topic OR your audience (many event organizers have no idea how long it actually takes to give a certain amount of information while also being engaging and interactive and persuasive), it's reality. Have you noticed presentations getting shorter? I have!

2020 179

PowerPoint Tip - Detailed Handouts without Packed Slides

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One reason presenters pack slides with too much text and information is that they claim that since they will be printing the slides as their handout, they will need the audience to have the detail for future reference. To print a handout of slides that includes both the display slides and the hidden detail slides, check the Print hidden slides checkbox on the print dialog box.

2006 40
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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Five live coaching calls focused on action-taking and implementation of the main principles in the book Worksheets and handouts to help you integrate the ideas we’re discussing Recordings of all the calls A private Facebook group for discussion, support, encouragement and resources Just think: You can start and finish a book during this five week program! Analogies Communication Engaging the Audience Preparation Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources

2018 118

engage your audience with new media

The Eloquent Woman

From the start, this speaking engagement posed a number of challenges. It was the dreaded after-dinner talk, meaning I needed to be super-engaging. The crowd was due to number close to 100, ensuring extra work to keep that size crowd engaged. Create an electronic handout: The group's administrator asked whether I had a handout or wanted my slides reproduced for the participants as a takeaway.

2008 40

Presentation Tip: Don't Talk So Much

Professionally Speaking...

Add to this the increasing desire among audiences for participation and involvement to enhance their engagement and you begin to have a road map for that paradigm shift. The benefit of this approach to you [besides a highly engaged audience] is that you can enlist the audience''s assistance in answering questions and sharing their examples which takes some of the pressure off you to be the expert on every aspect of the topic.

2013 150

In Presentations, Normal Isn't The Same As Effective

Professionally Speaking...

Making continual eye contact with the audience to engage them and read their reactions. The New Normal :: Recognizing that the slides and handouts serve two different purposes. In keeping with having less detailed slides, providing a more detailed handout that includes information/resources that will be useful to the audience after the presentation. PowerPoint Presentation Tips and Techniques presentations the new normal

2014 120

6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

We’ve known for some time that we need to capture our audience’s attention quickly and work hard to keep it by presenting our information in an engaging manner. Here are some techniques for extending that 8 second time frame: 1. If the audience is talking it’s much harder for them to dis-engage. And then find another vehicle [handout, document on website, email] through which to share the nice-to-knows.

2016 100

Presentation Myths

Professionally Speaking...

So many businesspeople who are tasked with making presentations, even at senior levels, have never had any formal training in how to engage an audience, manage anxiety and get a message across effectively. Myth :: Your slide deck is a good handout for the audience. Presentation Anxiety Presentation Tips and Techniques Association for Talent Development ATD myth presentation Of the various titles I’ve held in my career, myth-buster actually hasn’t been one of them.

2014 132

Did you bring batteries?

Speak Schmeak

Think about your activities, your handouts, your equipment, your venue, your props, your business cards, your hydration, your sleep the night before. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Speaking EngagementsHere's a quick example of what I'm talking about when I harp on preparation over and over again. Yesterday, as I set up my equipment for a presentation, I noticed that my remote wasn't working.

Remote 100

Presentation Lessons from a Cooking Demonstration

Professionally Speaking...

She pre-planned the flow of traffic [visitors were going to stations around the room to mix their own spices] and organized her handouts. Too often in business presentations we rush into the presentation space at the last minute and then fiddle with AV equipment and handouts while the audience is in the room. Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentation cooking demonstration U.S. What do a cooking demonstration and a business presentation have in common?

2011 133

Free Presentation Skills Assessment

Manner of Speaking

They make the speech or presentation interesting, engaging and memorable. Jim Harvey , my co-founder of Presentation Guru , and I have been developing a comprehensive questionnaire to help people assess their level of skill when it comes to presentation skills and public speaking.

Free 141

Free Presentation Skills Assessment

Manner of Speaking

They make the speech or presentation interesting, engaging and memorable. Jim Harvey , my co-founder of Presentation Guru , and I have been developing a comprehensive questionnaire to help people assess their level of skill when it comes to presentation skills and public speaking.

Free 130

Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. If you need the organization to make copies of your handouts, say so. We set up the room a certain way, use a microphone, bring handouts or provide certain activities so the audience learns better and retains the information that is shared. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly. Be there for them from the minute you're engaged to speak!

2008 109

It’s about the audience

PowerPoint Tips

There are several techniques you can use to help your audience understand and remember: Research has shown that people remember images better than text, so you can include relevant images on your slides. Finally, if you’re presenting lots of details, leave them with a handout at the end so they can pay attention to the broader concepts while you’re speaking without having to take detailed notes. It’s your job to engage the attention of your audience.

2019 155

Did your message get through?

Speak Schmeak

A key point in my talk was about benefits vs. features , which included a quiz handout featuring Wile E. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements Sometimes it's hard to know if we're having a lasting impact on our audiences. They may smile, laugh, applaud, and thank us afterward, but how do we know our message got through and, more importantly, will be applied?

2008 100

Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. If you need the organization to make copies of your handouts, say so. We set up the room a certain way, use a microphone, bring handouts or provide certain activities so the audience learns better and retains the information that is shared. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly. Be there for them from the minute you're engaged to speak!

2008 100

Presentations: What To Wear

Professionally Speaking...

However, in the flurry of pulling content together, finishing slides and producing handouts, we don't always give enough thought to the role our clothes play in our presentation. Your audience shouldn't be more engaged by your clothing than they are by your message. Tags: Presentation Style Presentation Tips and Techniques Bill Blass business presentation Gilda Radner Juvenal "I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn't itch" ~~ Gilda Radner.

2009 153

What Can Your Audience Absorb?

Professionally Speaking...

If you filter all your data and information through those questions, you will become clearer on what content is critical and what is just nice to know and could be provided in handouts or as a follow up after the presentation. 3 KEY TECHNIQUES TO HELP AUDIENCES ABSORB. These techniques can make the difference between an audience internalizing your information and being able to recall it or not being able to remember what you said five minutes after they leave the presentation.

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

Learn how to use your voice, your body and your face to emotionally engage them. Bring props and handouts. Tags: Technology Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks PowerPoint Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner. Then the day comes to give your presentation, and your partner is sick, so you have to deliver alone. You panic and think, "I only know MY part of the presentation!"

2010 149

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! What exercises, activities, handouts, videos and discussions will help your audience understand your concepts? Add those in and gather your props, visuals, handouts and anything else you'll need. 12for12 Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Be a tease

Speak Schmeak

Make sure that you're still using stories, good visuals, and audience interaction to make your content more engaging and " sticky." Flesh out your material with some good handouts, but again, there's no need to overwhelm the audience. If they want more information, they know where to find you (that is, if you put your contact information on your handouts!). Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2009 116

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

If you are a Full member, you can participate in the Facebook group and will also have access to a separate membership-only site, a monthly call, supportive e-mails, downloadable handouts and more. They may just have a different way of learning and engaging. The next step of this challenge, for those of you who find eye contact to be very easy, will be to engage with a stranger. The easiest way to engage a stranger is to compliment them on something. "I

Single-source publishing with PowerPoint–use PowerPoint for all versions of your training!

PowerPoint Tips

In most cases a learning solut ion consists of a presentation and an accompanying handout. Triggers and animations can engage online students even more. As a Handout: Enhance the Notes Pages. Your Notes Page is a perfect place to host a well-crafted handout, using the exact same tools as you would, when creating slides. Get my free video training, "13 techniques that will make designing your slides EASY." This is a guest blog post by Dimitri Roman.

2015 127

10 Tips for Moderating a Panel

Professionally Speaking...

Here are 10 tips that will help moderators ensure that their audience stays engaged with the dialogue and their panelists stay on track. Be sure to let the audience know any other relevant information or restrictions such as ~ when and where to direct questions; handout availability; any scheduled breaks. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques Speaking on Panels business presentations how to moderate a panel moderator

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Presentation strategies for women

Speak Schmeak

This allows you to adjust your presentation to the space and to the audience's needs , and to bring appropriate equipment and handouts. Engage the audience; ask open-ended questions and invite their participation and knowledge. Confidence, engagement, authenticity, connection , presence: Men and women alike want to achieve these goals, and neither gender can claim dominance in any one area when it comes to satisfying an audience.

2011 154

So many great learning opportunities -- Join me!

Speak Schmeak

This program has already started as well, but you can sign up and get all 7 recordings, plus handouts and bonus gifts for just $17! My presentation is on September 30 , on audience engagement, and this is not a presentation that you will ever see online or for this low price, as it''s reserved for corporate and conference clients. Speak to Engage: 7 Step Shortcut to Public Success is coming! Fun Stuff Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements

2014 130

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. At the engagement 5. Are you giving handouts with misspellings or poor grammar? After the engagement 9. The more opportunities you have to promote your business through public speaking, the more comfortable you will become with the professional aspects of booking these engagements.

2010 150

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

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! If you want to participate in my monthly discussion calls and receive additional resources, handouts and support e-mails, consider joining the Full program. 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2012 143

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! What exercises, activities, handouts, videos and discussions will help your audience understand your concepts? Add those in and gather your props, visuals, handouts and anything else you'll need. Some of these handouts might help.

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. At the engagement 5. Are you giving handouts with misspellings or poor grammar? After the engagement 9. The more opportunities you have to promote your business through public speaking, the more comfortable you will become with the professional aspects of booking these engagements.

2010 131

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

Learn how to use your voice, your body and your face to emotionally engage them. Bring props and handouts. Technology Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks PowerPointImagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner. Then the day comes to give your presentation, and your partner is sick, so you have to deliver alone. You panic and think, "I only know MY part of the presentation!"

2010 109

Stating your credentials - yay or nay?

Speak Schmeak

You have obviously established your credentials with whoever organized the speaking engagement. Put your bio into a handout and use your opening to engage your audience, to grab their attention and let them know you're there to serve them. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

2007 100

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

Have you checked to make sure you have extra batteries , an extension cord, enough handouts, a backup copy of your PowerPoint, and a timer? Preparing to give an effective, engaging and memorable presentation takes time. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and ClosingsI have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off.

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

If you are a Full member, you can participate in the Facebook group and will also have access to a separate membership-only site, a monthly call, supportive e-mails, downloadable handouts and more. They may just have a different way of learning and engaging. The next step of this challenge, for those of you who find eye contact to be very easy, will be to engage with a stranger. The easiest way to engage a stranger is to compliment them on something. "I

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

Have you checked to make sure you have extra batteries , an extension cord, enough handouts, a backup copy of your PowerPoint, and a timer? Preparing to give an effective, engaging and memorable presentation takes time. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and Closings I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off.

Two minutes of thank yous?

Speak Schmeak

You have to engage them right away. Better yet, have your info in a handout, one-sheet, or whatever you like to call it, so the audience can take it home with them. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings I read an article the other day about delivering a ten-minute speech that gave this instruction: "Begin with a two-minute opening of thank yous, acknowledgments and possibly a little background on yourself and the organization."

2008 109

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

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! If you want to participate in my monthly discussion calls and receive additional resources, handouts and support e-mails, consider joining the Full program. 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2012 109

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

Speaking about Presenting

The handout for the webinar is my Presentation Guide: How to Make an Effective PowerPoint Presentation. 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. For more on the differences between face to face presentation and webinars see: 18 Tips on How to Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Mind mapping is a useful technique for many creative projects.

2010 172

Presentation strategies for women -- but not men?

Speak Schmeak

This allows you to adjust your presentation to the space and to the audience's needs , and to bring appropriate equipment and handouts. Engage the audience; ask open-ended questions and invite their participation and knowledge. Confidence, engagement, authenticity, connection , presence: Men and women alike want to achieve these goals, and neither gender can claim dominance in any one area when it comes to satisfying an audience.

2011 100

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

Speaking about Presenting

The handout for the webinar is my Presentation Guide: How to Make an Effective PowerPoint Presentation. 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. For more on the differences between face to face presentation and webinars see: 18 Tips on How to Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Mind mapping is a useful technique for many creative projects.

2010 164

A flowchart of "why you should care"

Speak Schmeak

Then she described the academic research paper her colleague used as a handout. What's the likelihood that you're going to be engaged enough to retain any of this information, or read a research paper that's not even required for any of your classes? Tags: Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Communication A friend of mine works for a community service organization.

2008 100

The End of PowerPoint?

DeFinis Communications

That’s why your speaker notes, handouts and PowerPoint slide deck should be three separate entities. Design a slide deck geared for knowledge transfer: Add pictures, charts, graphs, learning models, audio and video clips and other rich images to keep your audience stimulated and engaged. Don’t read your slides : The slide is there to enhance your message and to give the audience a visual stimulus that keeps them engaged so you can pour your knowledge into their heads.

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

Speaking about Presenting

The handout for the webinar is my Presentation Guide: How to Make an Effective PowerPoint Presentation. 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. For more on the differences between face to face presentation and webinars see: 18 Tips on How to Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Mind mapping is a useful technique for many creative projects.

2010 127