Presentation Skills - Session One


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Part 1 in a series of "Lunch & Learn" Presentations I'm pulling together to help improve our collective presenting / public speaking skills.

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Presentation Skills - Session One

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  2. 2. 123AUDIENCELOGISTICSHow will you adapt to your audience?•How do their characteristics – demographics, interests, experience,age – affect the way you present?Why are you speaking?•What do you want people to know, think, believe, or do as a resultof hearing your presentation?•How do you focus your efforts to meet this goal?Where and when will you be speaking?•How can you adapt your presentation to the audience size,facilities, equipment, time, etc.PURPOSE
  3. 3. 45CONTENTORGANIZATIONHow should you arrange your content?•Is there a natural order to the ideas and information?•What are the most effective ways to organize the presentationbased on your knowledge of the audience, facilities?•How should you begin and end?What ideas and information should you include?• Will the audience be able to relate with the ideas and information?• What kind of supporting material will be needed?• What do they need to know in order to make a decision?6 CREDIBILITYAre you believable?•How can you become associated with your message in a positiveway?•What can you do to demonstrate your expertise andtrustworthiness?7 PERFORMANCEHow should you deliver your presentation?•What forms of vocal and physical delivery are appropriate for yourpurpose, audience, and setting?•What techniques will make your presentation more effective?•How much and what should you practice?
  4. 4. “The night before my first Superbowl,I stayed up all night playing the gamein my head, visualizing what was goingto happen and how I was going to dealwith it…my stomach was really balledup in a knot. I always hadbutterflies, though. If you don’t, Idon’t think you’re ready to play.- Jerry RiceEveryone gets nervous...“According to most studies, peoples number one fear is publicspeaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that soundright? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, yourebetter off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”- Jerry Seinfeld
  5. 5. • Understand the source of your nervousness• Fear of failure• Worrying isn’t going to make it better – and I’m 99.9% sure everyone wants you to do well• Fear of the unknown• Practice…that’s why we’re here• Fear of the spotlight• Yes, everyone is looking at you…but that’s a good thing.• Fear of breaking the rules• Your perception of what a presentation is vs. your comfort level• Fear of fear• Anxiety breeds anxiety
  6. 6. • Build your confidence• Important to understand two things:1. Everyone experiences stage fright – so they understand what you’re going through2. In most cases, anxiety is invisible to your audience
  7. 7. • Use anxiety-reducing techniques• Prepare• This is critical. Know your topic – if you don’t, they’ll know.• Practice• Practice out loud. Most nervousness occurs right at the start, so consider focusing your effortsthere.• Think positively• Don’t talk yourself into being nervous (e.g. “I hate presenting”, “this is going to suck”)• Use your nervous energy to your advantage – get up and move around• Relax• Breath deep• Use small talk• Know that everything is going to be alright• Focus on your audience• Talk to individuals, rather than “the crowd”• Look for and elicit positive responses