Presentation Tips From The Pros

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“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, …

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

-Jerry Seinfeld

We want to help you ease your public speaking woes with some help from some of the very best in public speaking. Here are a few tips that will help you rock that eulogy. The tips are broken into three parts: Pre-Presentation, Mid-Presentation, and Closing. Each section provides tips for each part of a presentation. We’ve also highlighted a few of our favorite tips to make your search a little easier.

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  • 1. PRESENTATION TIPS FROM THE PROS
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  • 4. Pre-Presentation
  • 5. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Nick Elliott Breezentations One of the first things I like to tell new presenters that will make a huge dierence is this: Make sure you are not only clear on your specific objectives for the presentation - your outcome, but also on what specific objectives your audience might have for listening -what's in it for them." Meera Manek Executive Speaking Coach If you are new to public speaking or making presentations, never apologize for being nervous or that it is your first time giving a presentation. It takes away from your credibility as a speaker. "
  • 6. Lisa Yarde Motivational Consultant At Lisvalu Just be yourself and get all your points in order." TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE John T. Capps President at Hope Mission Christian Ministries It all starts before the address, meet and greet as many as you can when they enter the room, this way relationships and friendships begin to provide the foundation for your impressive presentation."
  • 7. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Janice Wright I would suggest looking up a few subjects on YouTube within the Toastmasters pages. Toastmasters is a public speaking club where members help members practice their speaking and leadership skills." Graham Young Presentation Trainer Go through your slides and remove anything that is there to remind you what to say and only leave the bits that help the audience understand what you are talking about. (Keep your notes to your self)"
  • 8. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Eugene Clark Managing Director Think ICEBERG - just as you only see a small part of the iceberg above water, the presentation itself is only a small part of the process. The big part is the Planning. Preparing and Practice beforehand." Robert Lane Aspire Communications The two main things I emphasize leading up to the picture roles discussion is to make sure they are using meaningful pictures, pictures that actually do something rather than sitting there as pure decoration and they need to be taking the own pictures, 1000s of them. You never know when you'll need a certain subject to help tell story or give an example."
  • 9. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Emer McCarthy As someone who does a lot of public speaking but is absolutely terrified each and every time....my number one tip is preparation, preparation, preparation. I leave nothing to chance and then as I get comfortable and more confident I can ad lib away!" Judy Bond If possible, make it a point to introduce yourself to several audience members before your presentation."
  • 10. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Chantal Bossé Giving a great presentation starts long before show time. Start with your audience’s needs and expectations, and decide on a maximum of 3 main takeaways so it’s easier to remember your talk. Make sure you use relevant visuals to enhance your talk…instead of reading slides to your audience! Other important elements: know your content, practice, stay authentic and respect everyone’s time by not running overtime. I call it my recipe to help presenters make a dierence in people’s lives, one presentation at a time." Mary Harvey Creative Director- Improv Yourself Practice out loud in front of a mirror. This puts the presentation into your body, as well as your mind. It lets you know if the words you've written fit in your mouth. It gives you a more accurate timing -- never run over the time you've been given in the agenda!"
  • 11. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE DataHero Triple check your charts. If your data visualization is unclear or misleading, you're going to lose before you ever get started."
  • 12. Mid-Presentation
  • 13. Ashanti Witherspoon Practice speaking from your heart. Head knowledge is great, and entertwining stories about others adds variety to your subject matter. However, when you can deliver your speech from your heart with a touch about how you overcame some obstacle in life, it will connect with the heart of the audience. That will allow people's worlds to become a part of yours. Even though the experiences might be dierent, they will feel like their lives and yours are connected." TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Karen Williams Professional Trainer at Bold Echo Communication Solutions See the presentation as a conversation. When engaged in a conversation, we listen and give space to others to engage. The same is true of good speakers; they pay attention to the audience's responses and provide opportunities for them to engage in the presentation. Engage the audience by asking questions, relating the topic to their lives and experiences, and provide pauses so they can absorb the information."
  • 14. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Justin Thompson Emotion ,emotion, emotion - pull at those heart strings - as our decisions are based emotionally first - as many of these great speakers has suggested - from the heart and relate. Usually a story packed with humor can get the group going - they can see your genuine side and that's vital." Ritzya- Creator Speaker Salon Number one piece of advice is: SMILE! and if you think you're smiling enough, watch yourself on video and you'll be surprised at how little we actually smile.
  • 15. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE DataHero There is wisdom in the words, 'People remember what you DO more than what you say.' Grab their focus with an eye-popping visual statistic, or engage them with a physical demonstration. It will leave an impression long after they've forgotten the words on your slides." Roy Almaas Communications Coach- Anglaide Beyond the basics (like making sure your appearance is OK,) stop thinking about yourself! Put the spotlight on your audience. Think of why they need your information. Make them the center of your attention and you'll be much less nervous."
  • 16. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Andre Vlcek Make sure your presentation includes content that is more about your audience and customers needs and less about your needs or capabilities. Demonstrating exceptional understanding is a key source of competitive advantage in today's presentation environment." Monica Stevens Mes Consulting Try not to fret. Even if your topic is hard one, be confident that what you are going to say is of interest to your audience (otherwise they would not be there!). Breathe in, smile, look at them in the eye, and begin speaking with full confidence. You will do a great job!"
  • 17. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE DataHero I think the key to being a good presenter is finding the perfect balance between your passion for a subject and the data you have to support it. When you can let your passion come out while sharing the data, that's when something really clicks for the audience.”
  • 18. Closing
  • 19. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Avinash Kaushik I believe we should present our data as eectively as possible in order to first build our credibility, second to set ourselves apart from everyone else who can present complicated graphs/charts/tables, and third allow our leadership teams to understand the singular point we are trying to make so that the discussion moves o data very quickly and on to what to with the insights." Garr Reynolds Finish early and ask if anyone has questions. Or invite them to see you after the presentation. But never run long… because all the good will you built up could be lost.
  • 20. TWEET THIS TWEET THIS VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE UC Davis End on a strong or positive note, not a weak or fading one. Saying “Well that's all I have to say. Thank you very much for listening” is underwhelming and can give a lackluster conclusion to what could be a very exciting presentation." George Torok A successful presentation is one that moves people to action."
  • 21. Have one very good take away - what are they going to remember about your presentation, and state it." VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE Phala Murray TWEET THIS
  • 22. Do more with your data: