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Presentation Skills Tip # 4 – Body Language

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Presentation_Skills_001Here is HOT Tip #4 in the strategic presentation skills series –  Make sure your posture and body language enhance your presentation

Your posture should convey confidence, poise, and credibility. In order to do this your shoulders should be slightly back, your weight should be evenly distributed between your feet, your legs should be no further apart than your shoulder width, and your hands should be either at your side, at your waist, or one hand at your waist one at your side.

Make sure your shoulders are not stiff and square, don’t turtle your head forward, don’t stare or blink excessively, and do not lean on the podium.

Record yourself presenting so you can see if your body language conveys poise and confidence by looking relaxed yet powerful.

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Presentation Skills Tip #1: What can turn your audience off?

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Presentation Skills Tip 1I want you all to sit back, close your eyes and imagine…”

Have you ever had a speaker ask you to do that?  I love looking around to see how many people are “peeking” or just looking at their laps.

When you ask the audience to shut their eyes you are asking them to have an extreme amount of trust in you.  You better be sure you have earned that trust or you will really put people off.  The other day I ordered a sandwich on French bread. The sandwich man took out the bread, started to cut it and then tossed it out.  He looked at me and said, “If I wouldn’t eat it I don’t serve it.  The bread is too hard.  Would you like to make another choice?”  I loved it!

He built trust by being straightforward; he didn’t bash his company and he gave me an option.

Whatever you ask your audience to do make sure you would be willing to do it if you were a shy person or a skeptical person.  Those are your two toughest audiences. Build trust with your audience by being vulnerable yourself.

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The Top 3 Traits of a Speaker Who Resonates With the Audience

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Why do some speakers vibrate so well with their audience and others seem to just miss the mark? Is it the content of their speech-the ability to wow us with intellect? Is it their high energy and drive? Is it their controversial nature?

Why can two speakers get up and say the same thing but one you embrace and the other you reject? I have watched this phenomenon at corporations as they run their meetings. There are people who hold the floor and people take what they say as the gospel truth and others that no matter how great their ideas are people trounce right over what they say.

So what is it that compels us to listen or not listen to a speaker? Here is a key thing to ponder-if you have great information but people don’t want to listen to you, you can’t have an impact. You must first get people to WANT to listen to you.

There are three traits I see that draw people to you and allow them to let down their barriers so they take in what you say and truly ponder it or take action on it.

I noticed that when there was this combination of all three traits the speaker was able to 1) share more controversial viewpoints without offending the crowd, 2) push us in to uncharted waters without us feeling overwhelmed and 3) share complicated information without us feeling they were being arrogant or condescending.

HUMILITY

I watched speakers present that were highly successfully and I watched them tell their success story in a humble and appreciative way. They brought you on the journey with them.

They made you feel that they were no different from you and that you too could accomplish the same success they did. They never talked down to the audience. They weren’t ashamed of their past mistakes. They admitted them, laughed at them, and asked us to learn from them.

They assumed we had success like they did. Even though they presented new ideas or thoughts they didn’t act like they were the most novel things in the world but instead were things we had pondered as well. This allowed the audience to put barriers and resistance aside so they did absorb what was being said. It felt like a choice, not an edict.

SERENITY

Each of the speakers that captivated you had an energy that wasn’t wild and unleashed but instead focused and serene. You knew they were in a spot where they were comfortable with who they are, what they have accomplished, and where they are going.

They didn’t look to have the audience validate their choices by agreeing with them. They didn’t look for us to buy their product because we would be “stupid” not to. No, instead they humbly said here it is, it is so cool, take the ride with me. And you wanted to be on that ride.

AUTHORITY

They all spoke with authority, not just confidence. You could see that they lived the talk, had integrity and spoke from the heart. This sincerity, integrity and knowledge shined through.

These are about how you need to BE not just what you need to DO. Most presentation courses focus on “what you need to do.” With the Outcome Focus™ Approach we help you focus on how you need to BE in order to make the impact you desire.

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To Fig Leaf or Not to Fig Leaf; That is the Question

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Often times presenters and speakers wonder what they should do with their hands during a presentation? Do they let them hang at their sides? Put them in their pockets?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just unscrew our arms and throw them off to the side and when we are done presenting reattach them? Unfortunately that’s not possible, so let me give you some things you can do with your arms and hands while presenting.

Open palms are seen by the audience as a sign that you are open and honest. So if you put your hands behind your back or in your pockets, the audience will feel to as though you are withholding information or are detached from them.

If you put your hands down in front of you and clasp them together (the fig leaf position) you will appear to be submissive.

So what should you do with your hands during a presentation?

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The Top Three Mistakes Made in Front of the Room

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Having strong presentations skillsbeing able to share your ideas and point of view with several people at once – can make all the difference in a person’s career, or a company’s success. That’s because the men and women who make the blockbuster sales, get the big promotion, or direct the organization all have one thing in common: they can communicate their ideas and passions when it matters most.

This article is designed to give you some of the basic tools you’ll need to get, and hold, other peoples’ attention while still getting your message across.

What Blocks Your Presentation Skills

As powerful as a solid presentation is, most people are poor speakers. This is partly due to fear. Public speaking regularly ranks as the number one most common phobia across men and women of every age and demographic – one step above death. Given the terror that talking to groups incites in most people, it’s no reason they don’t excel at it.

Technology is another factor. Email, PowerPoint, and other tools have decreased the amount of personal contact we make with our colleagues, and our face-to-face skills have suffered as a result. But with more and more organizations making decisions by committee, or consolidating their leadership into fewer layers, having the ability to say what you mean – and do it in a way that increases attention and respect – is more important than ever.

Sharpening Your Presentation Skills….

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