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Presentation on Soft Skills, Hard Skills, Body Language and More

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Originally performed at IBM Think conference 2018 in Las Vegas. Tips and ideas to help new presenters and some experienced ones.
Led Zeppelin explanation of the process a speaker follows

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Presentation on Soft Skills, Hard Skills, Body Language and More

  1. 1. Presenting U 101 @ IBM Think Keith Brooks @lotusevangelist keith@keithbrooks.com
  2. 2. 2 Fractional CIO Chief Whisperer Redbooks Thought Leader IBM Champion X6 Speaker at IBM Think, Impact, Connect, Lotusphere, MWLUG, Social Connections, The View, SUTOL, New Way to Learn +
  3. 3. 3 “We just pass the time in our hotel rooms, And wander 'round backstage, Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd, And we remember why we came” The Load Out Running on Empty Jackson Browne
  4. 4. 4 You go over like a Le(a)d Zeppelin Copy styles and ideas to learn from Hit or Miss, you Love it or you Hate it You become the Rock Star and Rock n Roll Sending the Elevator back down Experiment more, test ideas Consistent Stage Presence Always enjoy a drink afterwards The 8 Stages of Presenting According To Led Zeppelin
  5. 5. “Baby all the lights are turned on you, Now you're in the center of the stage, Everything revolves on what you do” Everybody Loves You Know Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel 5
  6. 6. Are YOU Ready for the Responsibility? You need…  Dedication  Creativity  Professionalism  Improvisation  Knowledge of your Topic  Post It’s or a digital solution  Willingness to Break Bend the Rules  Patience  Time 6
  7. 7. 7 “Nobody's right till somebody's wrong. Nobody's weak till somebody's strong. No one gets lucky till luck comes along. Nobody's lonely till somebody's gone.” It’s In The Way That You Use It August Eric Clapton
  8. 8. Types of Presentations  Informative  Instructional  Arousing  Persuasive  Decision Making 8
  9. 9. “Many times I've listened, Many times I've wondered, How much there is to know” Over The Hills and Far Away Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin 9
  10. 10. Slide Manners  At least a Font Size of 30 (If you use text)  Pictures are AWESOME  Number your slides (for your benefit too)  Careful of too much color/contrast  Do not mix in too many Fonts  Keep a consistent format (headers, titles..)  Proofread, Edit, Dry Run, Practice Out Loud  Time vs Number of Slides is VERY IMPORTANT 1) Don’t Use Slides See Rule 1 10
  11. 11. “I see the smiling faces, I know I must have left some traces” In My time of Dying Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin 11
  12. 12. 9 Body Tips  Cross arm/legs vs stand straight  Never turn your back vs sideways glance  Avoid eye contact vs look people in the eye  Staring at a single spot vs various spots/people  Standing in one place vs roaming with purpose  Walking too fast/long vs step 1 to step 2 to step 3  Repeating gestures a lot vs varying them  Fidgeting vs conscious awareness of it  No smile vs always be smiling 12
  13. 13. 13 “Talk without speaking, Scream without raising your voice” Running to Stand Still The Joshua Tree U2
  14. 14. Speaking Tips  Drink a warm liquid before speaking if possible  Enunciate and articulate your words  Emphasize your words with cadences  Expressed emotions should equal body language  Speak outwards not downwards  Avoid analogies that are cultural or geographical  Don’t speak too fast, slow*, or in a low voice 14* Except when speaking to a foreign language audience or when using a translator
  15. 15. “An inspiration's what you are to me. Inspiration, look, see.” THANK YOU Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin 15
  16. 16. 16 Keith Brooks @lotusevangelist keith@keithbrooks.com http://slideshare.net/kbmsg

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