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Basics of Public Speaking & Presenting

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Basics of Public Speaking & Presenting

  2. 2. THE COMMUNICATION GROUPMY STORY Most lecturers and ―gurus‖ on the subjectI speak a lot and am always surprised when hear wouldbecontent torattle off helpful directives on thethepresentation was of interest. I know Iam not topic, eachone being aderivation of the same theme.afraid ofpublic speaking, and I know Iam ―It is the synergy of 1) content, 2) design and 3)passionate aboutsubjects other people are delivery that makes a presentation,‖ they would say.curious about too. However, Inever for one Yes, that‘s helpful… but it‘s vague and I feel does notminute assume my presentations will be answer the question in a way one can truly learn from.There is no checklist for you to follow that would‗powerful‘ – I always assume people are busy prepare you for every situation. What will work inand haveshort attention spans due to current some instances will not work in others. But to trulyday-to-day culture.Therefore, I‘ve been thinking deliver a powerful presentation I know I need toquite a lot about how onegives a powerful understand the following:presentation. 1. Design your presentation ‘tools‘-i.e. PowerPointor Keynote-well. There is noWhat is the definition of a ‗powerful need to have dull slides.presentation?‘ 2. Preface well. Tell your audience what you hope they will get out of it right up front. 3. Know your objectives. If you don‘tIn my eyes, it‘s when a crowd gathers after the understand what you‘re talking about thenpresentation toask more questions. And you it‘s doubtful anyone else will.are invitedto give the samespeech elsewhere 4. Be truthful. Grandiosity ends up being boring and not someone in theaudience or the sponsorsofthe event.THE COMMUNICATION GROUP – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2012
  3. 3. THE COMMUNICATION GROUP5. Know your audience. What sorts of people will 8. Know your desired outcome. What do you be attending the presentation? What are their wish to parlay? And what is the desired take- learning styles and levels of understanding on away? What do you want the attendees to the topic? learn? A successful presentation always6. Know how you‘re planning on arriving from leaves the audience wanting to know more. point A to point D to avoid waffling. 9. Know your fellow presenters. What are their Rehearsing helps a lot. Try it, and do this with areas of expertise, and in what ways could people you respect and who are able to give they bolster your argument? you objective/constructive criticism. Time 10. Anticipate the difficult questions. Make a list of yourself and edit your slides to the desired the most difficult, controversial questions that time slot. This doesn‘t mean you should could be asked of you. Make sure you can become ‗staged‘ in your presentation. answer them clearly and effectively.7. Your content should be engaging and 11. Wear something you feel fabulous in. It helps. interesting, certainly, but it‘s just as important Trust me. that the steps you take in communicating your 12. Feel confident in being spontaneous. message be clear and unambiguous.THE COMMUNICATION GROUP – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2012
  4. 4. THE COMMUNICATION GROUP13. Don‘t be pedantic. You have know idea how many people in your audience already know this subject and/or know it better than you. You are merely a good communicator of information.14. And don‘t bang on too long. No-one is interested in dullards.15. And, have fun for goodnesssake. Life is short. For all of us.Engaging the audience, thatintangible fourth step after―content, design, anddelivery,‖ is alot easier to do if you understandthe above.The readiness is all—well, at leastall you havecontrol over. The resthappens during thepresentationitself and unfolds differently eachtime, depending on yourpersonality, yourconfidence level,and your accessibility as apublicspeaker.Enjoy and good luck.THE COMMUNICATION GROUP – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2012
  5. 5. CONTACT THE COMMUNICATION GROUP 131 Greene Street Suite 3b New York City, NY 10012 NY o: 646-873-7664 SF o: 415-864-1431 Twitter: @TCGagency OUR COMPANIES: TCG: SocMe Academy: Social Presence: 7 In Motion: http://7inmotion.comTHE COMMUNICATION GROUP – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2012