After years of successes and mishaps, guest author, Suzannah Baum has compiled her 10 Best Practices to Help You Crush it on the Day of your Presentation.
How To Resonate with your Audience in Presentations
On the last episode of the Platform Giant Show, Todd Henry and I talked about finding your voice. On this episode I continue my conversation with Todd as we explore committing to the path, mentorship and empathy.
Humor serves a zillion purposes, from breaking the ice to coping with stress or sadness. Laughter is a miracle drug. The power of humor in presentations is immense. There are several practical reasons to use humor when you present beyond just wanting to seem funny. Here are some of the ways it can help.
Most people naturally tend to talk to the audience as if they were talking to the Dalai Lama.
Some blessed people out there are lucky enough to be born with the instinct of how to read an audience. I am not one of the people. However, with a lot of hard work (and a lot of failure), I've hammered out a few easy ways to gauge how my audience is vibing with me. If you have eyeballs, then you can do these too.
There are obviously many components that factor into a promotion decision. Oftentimes, the final decision comes down to simply timing and availability, but there are ways to make sure that you're the first person who comes to mind when your boss is considering who to promote. Presentations are a great opportunity to do just that. Here's how presentation skills improve your chances of promotion.
Fascinating observation by guest author (and one of my favorite public speaking bloggers), Lisa Braithwaite, about what speakers can learn from comedians about language and rhythm.
The majority of this should seem obvious to you. This is good. However, considering the number of times I hear people discuss my 7 subjects to avoid in a business setting, it clearly bears reiterating.
I think that we've all read one article or another about characteristics of the best presenters. These mythical creatures are exemplars of confident, relaxed, passionate, eloquent, and inspiring leadership. They can bring an audience to tears with one small anecdote, and simultaneously motivate the crowd to go out and make a personal impact on the world.
Yeah. So, I've never seen a presentation like that. Those presentation demi-gods are about as common as, well, demi-gods. Fortunately, most of us don't have to make a speech to inspire the masses; most of us just need to present a Quarterly Business Review in a way that doesn't induce sleep. Here are 8 surprising traits of the best presenters that we can all embody.
For tips on making your presentation, check out our other post 5 Creative Ways to Spice up your Presentation.