5 More Presentation Tips to Stay Ahead of the Game


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5 More Presentation Tips to Stay Ahead of the Game

  1. 5 Presentation Tips to stay ahead of the game
  2. Share your eye contact1
  3. Eye contact is crucial to all our behaviour - the movement of our pupils expresses different emotional states.
  4. A simple technique for larger audiences is to pick out individuals around the auditorium. As you speak directly to those people - holding their gaze – the twenty or so people around them will feel that you are also speaking to them. click on our logo for the full tip.
  5. Tell great stories 2
  6. "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten” Rudyard Kipling
  7. Think of great films - the protagonist is never the same at the end of the film as they were at the beginning. They are fundamentally changed. ! Your presentation must take us on a similar journey. ! How have we changed at the end? click on our logo for the full tip. Stories have a beginning, middle and end - the journey from 'what was' to 'what is'.
  8. Filler Words 3 right… umm… errr… so… ok…
  9. Speakers and presenters often use them out of a fear of silence & tend to repeatedly employ the same words or phrases - ! something an audience will quickly notice. Filler words do just that – they fill spaces. They are unnecessary words and phrases that cover verbal gaps.
  10. Try simply replacing these words with a PAUSE. It sounds simple, and it is. It just may not be easy initially. click on our logo for the full tip.
  11. 4 Create an elevator pitch
  12. then it’s safe to say you probably understand what you want to achieve. If you can consolidate your message into a few clear sentences
  13. Make sure you’re ARMED
  14. Make sure you grab our ATTENTION The first minute is crucial. Challenge us - be controversial - make us care.
  15. Make sure you’re RELEVANTWhy would we listen?
  16. Make sure you know your MESSAGEWhat must we know?
  17. Make sure you have a clear EXAMPLEIllustrate your message with where it’s worked before.
  18. Finally, what must we DOYour audience needs to know what happens next.click on our logo for the full tip.
  19. Handle difficult questions 5
  20. Difficult questions are only perceived as difficult if the presenter displays signs of discomfort.
 We have all seen colleagues struggle when being asked a question from someone who is well informed, more senior, or just likes to be heard.
  21. As we are territorial animals, the audience will sense the presenter retreating. The answer to this is to step INTO the difficult question. The physical gesture of moving forwards gives an unconscious signal to the questioner that the speaker is engaging with the question - whether they know the answer or not. Under pressure we physically step away from a difficult question. click on our logo for the full tip.
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