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Involve and Engage Your Audience 20 Ways

Not long ago I worked with an energetic, creative group who, while focusing on presentation skills, wondered how to best engage their audiences. I asked them what engagement strategies they appreciated when they were in the audience. They had plenty of ideas about engagement techniques that I think any speaker could benefit from.  These are […]

How to Build Trust and Engagement in your Introductions

Are you prepared to introduce yourself in a way that builds credibility and trust? If you are uneasy or uncomfortable introducing yourself, or do it poorly, your presentation, meeting or training session can get off to a bad start. Take time to plan and rehearse your openings. Guidelines: State your name clearly, maybe more than […]

How to Deliver a Motivational Presentation

How to Deliver a Motivational Presentation

Many of our presentations deliver “just the facts.” Budgets, updates, status reports; these are generally full of facts and details. Less frequently, we are called on as leaders to deliver a motivational message. Initiating a new project, pulling together to improve our deliverables, asking people to volunteer or donate money, or even hosting a retirement […]

Engage Your Audience: Alternatives to Lecture

Engage Your Audience: Alternatives to Lecture

Whether you are presenting or training, long lectures can be a drag. To engage your audience, to add life to your presentations, and to increase recall, consider these ways to get information across without lecturing. Demonstration. Show, don’t tell, or show and tell. Bring in the item you are discussing and pass it around. Have […]

Training? Seven  Ways to Keep it Fresh

Training? Seven Ways to Keep it Fresh

Tired of the same old-same old training session or presentation? If you are, you can bet your audience will be too. So start thinking creatively about ways to change it up, break it up and shake it up…for your benefit and that of your audience. Here are a few ideas just to get you started. […]

The Three Essential Elements of a Great Presentation

The Three Essential Elements of a Great Presentation

So much has been written about how to craft a speech or presentation, and much of it is conflicting. Do you need a separate opening, in addition to your key message? Do you start with your key message, or end with it? It is a seven-part process, or a three part process? Do you need […]

Go Deep for Outstanding Technical Presentations

Go Deep for Outstanding Technical Presentations

If your content is technical, complex, data driven or numbers-heavy, you will want to listen up. Don’t fall into the camp of “I know it is dry and boring content but I can’t do anything about it…” Instead, try one or all of these strategies to make complex information more engaging and more interesting. Use […]

Do Your Homework for Great Presentation Skills

Do Your Homework for Great Presentation Skills

Sam didn’t know what a great business presentation looked like. He had joined his organization right after leaving school, and when he presented, he was alone with his clients. Other than all-hands meetings, he just hadn’t been exposed to many presentations, so it was hard for him to evaluate his own presentation skills. Some of […]

U is for Unique

U is for Unique

Think back to the advice you received before you delivered your very first presentation. Your supervisor probably said; “There is nothing to it. Just get up there and be yourself.” That was actually pretty good advice, but you might have discounted it because it sounded so obvious, and because it seemed so difficult to be […]

Tips for Telling Stories in Your Presentations

Tips for Telling Stories in Your Presentations

We have been discussing using stories in your presentations.Part One discussed the compelling reasons for using stories in business speaking. Part Two provided important Do’s for storytelling. Today we examine a few pertinent tips for better storytelling, and a few Don’ts you will want to be aware of. Tips for Better Storytelling: Think of structure. […]

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