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Presentation Skills

When you speak to an audience, how do you present yourself with impact and power? What presentation techniques can you use to grab attention, inform and persuade them?

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  1. Published November 25, 2012Seven Habits of Highly Effective Speakers (674 words)
    You can consistently deliver effective presentations if you develop the habits of highly effective speakers. Success is based more on habit than any other factor. Success presentations are based on following effectifve presentation habits. What are the seven habits of highly effective speakers and presentaitons?

  2. You Need to Cough (551 words)
    Recently I noticed three speakers coughing while presenting on stage. Only one handled it well. Learn from the mistakes and the one good example. Don’t try to suppress a cough because that might cause you to gag which is more embarrassing. Let the cough escape your mouth but don’t punish the audience.

  3. Seven Pillars of a Powerful Presentation (922 words)
    Presenters who look and sound weak lose. Winning presentations are delivered by presenters who look, sound and feel powerful. Winners capture attention, exude credibility and deliver more effective presentations. To be more successful with your presentations include these seven pillars to be more powerful.

  4. Annoy Your Audience: Read your PowerPoint Presentation Slides (595 words)
    If your goal is to irritate your audience during your next presentation, read your PowerPoint slides to them. According to several audience polls and business surveys, the number one presentation complaint is "The speaker read the PowerPoint slides to us."

  5. Keep Your Speech Interesting By Being Present Yourself (591 words)
    You can deliver more interesting and effective presentations by being present when you speak. What does that mean? Your audience must feel that you are there in the room with them – body, mind and soul. They must feel that you want to be there, that you are listening as well as talking and that you truly care about their best interests.

  6. Why Are Presentation Skills Important? (757 words)
    Most people will agree that presentation skills are important. But ask them to explain “Why?” and they are stumped. These folks might mumble something unintelligible and proudly declare “Because – everybody knows that it is”. Here are six powerful reasons why presentation skills are important.

  7. Bad Opening Lines to Your Speech: 10 Mistakes to Avoid (633 words)
    You had me at hello. Imagine if you could deliver an opening to your presentation that was that effective. You can grab your audience with "hello" lines. But first you need to banish these disaster lines from the opening of your speech. Avoid these opening line mistakes in your presentation.

  8. The Greatest Speech I Never Delivered (540 words)
    I was a shy student but I wanted to be popular – especially with the girls. I believed that if I became president of the high school student council I would become popular. It was apparent to me that the way to become president of the high school council was to deliver a popularity-winning speech to the school assembly. I noticed that the one who became president was the one who delivered the best speech.

    So I devised a plan. I would run for student council president and win because I would deliver the best speech. The first part of my plan was to create an incredible speech.

  9. Picture Your Audience in Their Underwear (486 words)
    If you were ever nervous about public speaking, you might have heard that piece of tired advice. It’s bad advice. Ignore it.

  10. Presentations Tips for Political Candidates (837 words)
    As a candidate for political office you need to do your homework and prepare. Learn the issues, take a position and build a network. One more thing – learn how to present your message well. And do it better than the competition.

  11. Pause to be a More Powerful Presenter (606 words)
    What is the one thing that you can do to make your presentation more powerful and effective? Pause – more often and more dramatically

  12. Why Do We Fear Public Speaking? (604 words)
    Public speaking is often rated as the greatest fear that adults have. Yet speaking by itself is not threatening to most. It’s the public in public speaking that frightens people. Why is this?

  13. 10 Tips to Master Questions During Your Presentation with Authority (795 words)
    During your presentation your audience will often want to ask you questions. You must expect and encourage questions. This can be the tipping point in your presentation that moves them to think or do what you are proposing.

  14. 300 Seconds and 7 Steps to Writing Your Speech (673 words)
    The wrong thing for you to do is to immediately start writing the speech. Yet that is the strongest impulse you will feel. Fight that urge and instead think about what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself the following important questions and then start sketching out your speech. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it goes when you follow this process.

  15. Presentation Secret: Tell a Story (493 words)
    When you tell stories in your presentations you will sell more, persuade more effectively and enjoy greater results from your presentations. You’ll also feel better about speaking because story telling is more comforting than giving a speech.

  16. Presentation Success: The First Question You Must Ask (534 words)
    Before you deliver your next presentation you must ask yourself one critical question. If you ask yourself this question before every presentation you will create a more effective presentation every time - and you will write it faster.

  17. Public Speaker: Do Not Think on your Feet (332 words)
    Public speakers should not think on their feet. Presenters who try to wing it tend to fail and fail miserably. Trying to deliver a presentation by thinking on your feet is an attempt to wing it. Winging anything is like spinning the roulette wheel and hoping for the best.

  18. Are you clear on the purpose of your presentation? (397 words)
    The evening before his presentation, the conference presenter confessed to me that his presentation was boring. He asked for my help to improve his presentation. We chatted over wings and beer while watching the hockey game.

    I asked him to clarify the purpose of this presentation. That’s the best place for any presenter to start when designing, reviewing and adapting their presentation.

  19. Extraverts Might be Bad Public Speakers (467 words)
    Have you heard a colleague say, “Oh don’t worry about Bob’s presentation. He loves to talk. He’ll do just fine.”?

    Extroverts tend to be bad public speakers. They can be trained but they need a lot of help. The biggest obstacle is their attitude. They do not want to be trained. They must first overcome the delusion that they are good. This can be very difficult for extraverts to accept because they crave the attention – and believe they receive attention from the admiring masses. It seldom occurs to the extravert that they might simply be the loudest and perhaps an object of ridicule.

  20. 8 Presentation Flaws that Steal Your Money (576 words)
    Why should you care about your presentation skills? Because poor presentations cost you money. Want to close more deals? Improve your presentation skills.

    Have you ever wondered why some presentations are so painful to sit through and others can be delightful? Here are some of the presentation flaws that I’ve witnessed at recent industry conferences.

  21. How not to start your speech: 10 Roads to Disaster (708 words)
    Preparing a speech can be like sculpting. You keep removing the excess clay until you have your work of art. If you want to start your presentation with a bang instead of a bust avoid these ten mistakes. These tips will show you how not to start your speech.

  22. What do you do when the fire alarm rings during your presentation? (645 words)
    I’ve witnessed this disaster happen to two other speakers and this week it was my turn. It’s a lot easier to think logically about it after it is over. It might never happen to you – but perhaps you should be prepared for the fire alarm to ring during your presentation.

  23. Saved By a Cartoon - The Six Blind Men and the Elephant (619 words)
    Props provide a powerful way of enhancing presentations. Verbal arguments aren’t enough to convince people of your message. Try using visuals such as charts or cartoons, or physical props such as products or tools. Verbal props come in several forms: quotations from famous people, anecdotes...

  24. Communication Quotations (365 words)
    A collection of Communication Quotations compiled by George Torok.

  25. 10 Power Tips for Presentations with Computer Projection (814 words)
    If you want to avoid disaster and give your career a boost then apply these ten tips the next time you present with the computer projector. And if you want to do a friend a favour then slide them a copy of these tips before their next presentation.

  26. Handling Questions with Authority (559 words)
    At some point in your presentation you will be expected to answer questions from your audience.
    Handling their questions with authority can make the difference for you between a successful presentation and a waste of time. This is the opportunity for the audience to test your knowledge on the topic and commitment to your message.

  27. When You have Something Important to Say (406 words)
    When you are presenting a report to your management, a proposal to the committee or changes to your staff they are not hanging on your every word. When you get to the key points - you want them to listen, believe and remember. Use these techniques to give your words lasting impact.

  28. 10 Tips on Speaking Impromptu (516 words)
    When you first hear the topic smile. This will help you feel good and look confident.

  29. How to write your speech in five minutes (569 words)
    You are attending a business or association meeting, when out of the blue, the meeting chair asks you to say a few words. How do you get through this? Follow this sure-fire process to write your speech in five minutes or less.

  30. Establishing Rapport with Your Audience (374 words)
    How do you connect with your audience? Ten sure fire techniques you can use.

  31. Opening Your Speech (756 words)
    The mission of your opening is to 1. Grab their interest; 2. Establish rapport; 3. Introduce your topic. Here are 10 techniques you can use to launch your successful speech.

  32. 10 Tips on Using "Quotations" (274 words)
    When you use a quotation in your speech or presentation you piggyback on the wisdom and rapport of the person who originally stated it. Sprinkle quotations throughout your speech like a master chef with an award-wining recipe. Precise, effective and tantalizing.

  33. 10 Tips on Using Microphones (180 words)
    When you need a microphone - don't fear it. Use it like a master.

  34. 10 Dynamite Tips on Presenting with the Overhead Projector (664 words)
    It's medium tech but it still works. Use these tips when you might need to present with an overhead projector.

  35. Practical Speaking Tips (439 words)
    Before you give a speech, deliver a sales presentation or make phone calls - drink one to two glasses of water. It lubricates your vocal chords, helps your voice and gives you needed fluids that you lose while speaking.

  36. Powerful Speaking Tips (432 words)
    Don't speak at the audience - instead speak directly to each individual in the audience by making eye contact with each one in the audience. Deliver a few words as you look at the person - then move your glance to another. Too long a glance is intrusive - too short can appear shifty-eyed.

  37. Positive Speaking Tips (457 words)
    Practise saying nothing. No, not gibberish - nothing, as in silence. It is powerful. Pause before you start, pause after you said something important and pause when you are done.

  38. Power of the Pause (312 words)
    When you don't know what to do, what should you do? Pause and smile.

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