People with great presentation skills know that a large part of engaging the audience is simply being you. For some reason, many people think that once you get up to speak, you’ve got to take on an entirely new persona. You have to be an entirely different person at the front of the room because you’re speaking to a group.
After coaching thousands of people over the past decade you see people who are stiff, uncomfortable and just not themselves. Their body actually starts to go into shock because they are trying to be someone who they are not. We all have this made-up belief that (more…)
Five Keys For Personal Transformation
I’ve never done something only for the money—ever. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do well at it,” producer Mark Burnett said in an interview as he was preparing for the release of his movie, Son of God. The Emmy award-winning producer and visionary behind Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice, Shark Tank, and The Bible mini-series openly talked about his faith, his rags-to-riches story, and the keys to his remarkable transformation from T-shirt salesman to a mega successful television producer.
Burnett arrived in America with $200. His experience as a British paratrooper gave him street smarts and skills that would (more…)
To give a presentation in front of a live audience that people are going to remember you need to know these eight secrets.
TIGHT THEME – Hit your audience with a headline – This is a clear, concise theme that should run through your talk. It should be short enough to be memorable…. AND tweetable – so less than 140 characters – here is an example: Do You Know Your Why?
STUNNING STORIES – If you can describe the customer’s emotions or how the user feels – it’s more like a story – and it’s much more engaging for your audience. In a social setup, think about the person telling a story. They have the attention of people around them and the crowd is listening. Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years because (more…)
Are you due to give a big presentation to a set of clients, or prospects? These big events can hinge on business deals and contracts worth eye-watering sums, so what you say and do not say can literally be the deciding factor in getting the contract or not – this can be a lot of pressure to take on at the best of times, so being able to command the English language on your way up to the podium can be a very powerful tool to make sure the presentation secures those contracts.
Believe it or not, there are specific phrases and terms that you can use in a presentation to make it sound more professional, more (more…)
When it comes to persuasive communication, there are a number of things you must know. Too often, presentations fail to deliver results because they don’t follow a clear path to a concrete call to action.
1. Know what you want
Before thinking about content, it is vital to know what outcome you want from your presentation. It is a good idea to start the planning (more…)
After coaching thousands of people and companies, it’s evident to me that people struggle to put their presentation together, because they do not know what to include in their presentation. Over the last 10 years, I have found that there is not enough attention given to the content and the arguments of what presenters need to say, to connect, persuade and influence their listeners.
All too often, people make the mistake of focusing (more…)