6 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

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6 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Presentation Skills

Whether you are an expert in public speaking or you’ve just started learning the ropes, being confident and accurate in your presentation skills does take time to develop. Here are six ways to improve your presentation skills when public speaking.

#1. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic.6 Ways to Improve Your Public Speaking Presentation Skills  Whether you are an expert in public speaking or you've just started learning the ropes, being confident and accurate in your presentation skills does take time to develop. Here are six ways to improve your presentation skills when public speaking.  #1. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic.  If you don't truly believe in what you are saying or have not completely bought into the idea, how can you expect your audience to do so? You have to be relaxed and seriously passionate about whatever it is you're speaking on. If you're not quite there yet but you know that you still have to present the idea or the project, it's best to get to know the project on a more intimate basis until you feel confident and passionate about the ideas. Find what speaks to you in the presentation and it may also speak to your audience. It will also help connect your audience to the topic, ideas or project.  #2. Be observant of your audience.  If you notice audience members checking their watches, playing with their smart phones, yawning or gazing off into space, you've obviously lost them. This doesn't mean that you need to just finish out the presentation as quickly as possible; it means that you need to reengage your audience by asking questions, getting down off of the platform or podium, using large gestures, or pointing people out on how well they did on a certain project. If people know that they might get called on, they're more likely to stay alert.  #3. Keep your message simple and to the point.  If it takes you 10 minutes to get to the meat of your presentation, and people have no idea what you're talking about until you're at least 10 to 15 minutes in, you've already lost them. You don't need to make lengthy introductions or long, drawn out jokes or stories simply to break the ice. Concentrate on your core message and get to the point as quickly as possible. You can reiterate the main points at the end with important information tucked in throughout the middle of the presentation.  #4. Smile and make eye contact with your audience.  If you're staring at your page or your paperwork the entire time, you're going to lose your audience very quickly. Make sure you know your presentation inside and out. Remember, amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can't get it wrong. If you're nervous about the presentation, this is all the more reason to practice, practice, practice and tell you know it inside and out. If you can walk around the room and still talk about your presentation, engage your audience and get them passionate about the idea, then you've got it.  #5. Remember the 10 – 20 – 30 rule for slideshows.  Guy Kowasaki from Apple suggests that a slideshow should contain no more than 10 slides; last no more than 20 minutes, and use a font no less than 30 point. If you stick to these simple rules you can engage your audience, get to the core message, and keep them entertained until the end.  #6. Remember to be human.  If you simply stand up there and present the message as a robot, memorization down perfectly, with no feeling or engagement, and are going to lose your audience very quickly. Not only should you remember the previous five points that also try to be human by telling stories and respond to certain stories personally. Ask questions, talk about an experience, or put the message into practical terms.  Public speaking presentations don't have to be difficult but it does take practice. Practice in front of the mirror, consider videotaping yourself, and remember these six points to a successful presentation.

If you don’t truly believe in what you are saying or have not completely bought into the idea, how can you expect your audience to do so? You have to be relaxed and seriously passionate about whatever it is you’re speaking on. If you’re not quite there yet but you know that you still have to present the idea or the project, it’s best to get to know the project on a more intimate basis until you feel confident and passionate about the ideas. Find what speaks to you in the presentation and it may also speak to your audience. It will also help connect your audience to the topic, ideas or project.

#2. Be observant of your audience.

If you notice audience members checking their watches, playing with their smart phones, yawning or gazing off into space, you’ve obviously lost them. This doesn’t mean that you need to just finish out the presentation as quickly as possible; it means that you need to reengage your audience by asking questions, getting down off of the platform or podium, using large gestures, or pointing people out on how well they did on a certain project. If people know that they might get called on, they’re more likely to stay alert.

#3. Keep your message simple and to the point.

If it takes you 10 minutes to get to the meat of your presentation, and people have no idea what you’re talking about until you’re at least 10 to 15 minutes in, you’ve already lost them. You don’t need to make lengthy introductions or long, drawn out jokes or stories simply to break the ice. Concentrate on your core message and get to the point as quickly as possible. You can reiterate the main points at the end with important information tucked in throughout the middle of the presentation.

#4. Smile and make eye contact with your audience.

If you’re staring at your page or your paperwork the entire time, you’re going to lose your audience very quickly. Make sure you know your presentation inside and out. Remember, amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. If you’re nervous about the presentation, this is all the more reason to practice, practice, practice and tell you know it inside and out. If you can walk around the room and still talk about your presentation, engage your audience and get them passionate about the idea, then you’ve got it.

#5. Remember the 10 – 20 – 30 rule for slideshows.

Guy Kowasaki from Apple suggests that a slideshow should contain no more than 10 slides; last no more than 20 minutes, and use a font no less than 30 point. If you stick to these simple rules you can engage your audience, get to the core message, and keep them entertained until the end.

#6. Remember to be human.

If you simply stand up there and present the message as a robot, memorization down perfectly, with no feeling or engagement, and are going to lose your audience very quickly. Not only should you remember the previous five points that also try to be human by telling stories and respond to certain stories personally. Ask questions, talk about an experience, or put the message into practical terms.

Public speaking presentations don’t have to be difficult but it does take practice. Practice in front of the mirror, consider videotaping yourself, and remember these six points to a successful presentation.

Public Speaking Mistakes

Don’t get caught making these embarrassing mistakes when public speaking. While nobody’s perfect, we can learn all there is about avoiding mistakes so we present ourselves intelligent and confident.

Here are 5 public speaking habits to avoid:

  • Not customizing the speech to the audience.Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid

This can be very easy to do and yet easy to avoid as well. Make sure you know the type of audience you are presenting to and tailor the wording, jokes and insights around those listening. You wouldn’t give the same speech to a group of college students as you would higher education professors. Likewise, you wouldn’t give the same speech at a bachelor party as you would the wedding. Consciously think about your audience and adjust as needed to their reactions even if you don’t know exactly who is receiving the message.

  • Avoid distracting mannerisms.

Do you pace too quickly back and forth the stage? Giggle or say “and”, “um” too often? How about move and flair your arms too much? Fiddle with your face, pockets, hands or other body parts? This is where practicing in front of a mirror is so vital or better yet, film yourself and review the video for obvious blunders and distracting moves to avoid. Instead, focus on the message you really want to portray. If you are passionate about the message, that should be the thing that comes through loud and clear.

  • Regurgitating information.

If you read your entire speech and it’s chalked full of data, stats and boring information, you will lose your audience faster than a monotone lecturer. Don’t just read your speech, know it inside and out. Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. Keep it up and make sure you are engaging and alive, not just reciting your research.

  • Not getting to the point.Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid

So many speakers spend those precious first moments telling too many jokes, fiddling, babbling or just plain apologizing for something. These first moments are key to grabbing your audience and holding on to them for the duration. Think about newscasters; they start with the basic facts first then expound as they go one. Get the point; come out with a bang and make them want to hang on to learn more.

  • Not driving home the last point.

Say last what you want people to remember most. Don’t leave with a weak Q & A or comments. These are fine but make sure you end with a provocative statement that makes people think. Let them process what you’ve said so much they may not have time to culminate a decent question because they are so enthralled with your last points. This is what makes people remember you. Make your last statement count.

We also offer classes on public speaking, tricks, tips and tactics for speaking confidently, whether it’s a simple speech or your profession. Give us a call anytime.

3 Tips to Improve Public Speaking

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The art of public speaking is not just beneficial for the work force but for personal growth as well. I remember kids in elementary school getting so nervous of public speaking they would be in tears before their turn. I wonder how those kids turned out?

Even if you don’t frequent speak in public, confidence, like a muscle gets better with usage.  There can be numerous situations where good public speaking skills can help advance your confidence as well as your career. Perhaps you been asked to make a speech at a friend’s wedding, give a eulogy or inspire a group of volunteers. This is no less an important public speaking event than a speech made in front of employees or employers.  Here are some basics to perfecting the art of public speaking.

Planning3 Tips to Improve Public Speaking

Planning appropriately can really boost confidence and performance. Think about the speech structure and the reactions you’re likely to get when delivering the speech. How would you like to hear this information? Is it engaging for the type of audience you have and will it inspire them to achieve whatever goals you desire? Those goals can be as simple as an applause of appreciation or as complex as motivating teams for battle.  Of course, not all speeches can be planned; some may be impromptu and by planning ahead for the unexpected you can be more confident if and when the time comes.

Practice

They say that amateurs practice until they get something right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. As with anything, practice makes better. Seek opportunities to practice a speech or simple give yourself ways to be more forward with leading instead of shrinking back in a crowd. If you have a planned speech, practice it many times alone before reciting it in front of a group. The more you practice, the more it can calm your nerves when the time comes.

Body Language

It always helps to read your audience but you need to be aware of your own body language as well. Your body movements will tell your audience how comfortable you are so if you stand tall, smile, look people in the eye and don’t rush through sentences, it can tell your audience that you are calm, confident and composed.

These three items are not the end all but they do account for some serious confidence in public speaking. For more tips, feel free to browse the website or call me. I would love to offer classes, seminars and tips to improving your public speaking skills.

Personal Benefits of Public Speaking

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Being able to speak in front people without fear

 

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One of the greatest fears many people have is the fear of public speaking. The thought of standing in front of a large group of people and talking to them is enough to send shivers down their spine. In fact, the fear of public speaking among people even outranks the fear of death.

Nevertheless, this is one of those fears you will need to overcome at some point. There might be some future situations where we might have to stand and present ourselves to other people. Above all, the ability to speak in public is an asset and it comes with several advantages and benefits. It can not only boost some aspects of your personal as well as professional life.

What public speaking can do for you – Free public speaking tips

 

  1. To start with the basics, it gives you the confidence and ability to overcome your fears. There is nothing more empowering than gaining the ability to beat your fears and insecurities.
  2. Public speaking can contribute to the growth of knowledge. It helps you share whatever valuable ideas and thoughts you might have, with a larger group of people. In return, you also learn a lot when those people challenge your ideas and question your opinions. It allows you to develop a clearer picture of the subject.
  3. Networking is something that most of us will be doing at some point in our professional lives. It is necessary for several reasons. When you attend an event as a public speaker, you manage to establish yourself as a confident thought leader. This allows you to build contacts and open up doors for greater opportunities in the future.
  4. Public speaking helps you develop the ability to persuade. When you speak confidently and convincingly to a large group of people, persuading an individual to carry out a task becomes much easier.
  5. Public speaking is a good way to market yourself as a professional and also to market your business. With the proliferation of the internet, it is now possible to reach out to a global audience with your thoughts and ideas. This allows you to become recognizable on a much larger scale.
  6. It can also improve your critical thinking abilities. When you sit and prepare a speech for a seminar or a workshop, you automatically tend to focus on the quality of your work. You will be forced to do a lot of research in order to get the content right. It will help you develop better ways to deliver your content and design it with relevance.
  7. Your personal life also gains a lot from public speaking. The confidence you develop from public speaking can support you with building more personal relationships. It becomes much easier to socialize and make new friends.

How do public speaking workshops work?

Training in public speaking will have you speaking like a veteran orator in a matter of days. They provide a presentation courses on how to design and deliver quality presentations along with tips on how to deal with fear and hesitation in the presence of an audience. You can feel that you can benefit from these various programs. A public speaking workshop can show you how to improve public speaking skills.

Public Speaking Tips to Keep Your Audience Engaged

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Public Speaking Tips to Keep Your Audience Engaged

One of the main differences between an average speaker and a good speaker is that a good speaker possesses the ability to engage with people and keep them attentive. Good speakers are aware about how to make a connection with their audience.

It isn’t enough to just make your audience listen to you. The authenticity of your public speaking skills is best represented when your audience understands what you are trying to communicate in the first instance (no repetitions).

How to Keep Your Audience Attentive With Effective Speaking Skills

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  1. The first rule of a good presentation or speech is to keep it short and sweet. Always remember to stick within the allotted time. In fact, it is advisable to take less time than what is allotted to you. This way you can even squeeze in a question and answer session at the end. This way, the audience will probably feel energetic enough to actually take part in some active feedback and discussion at the end.
  2. State the objective behind your presentation or speech. The audience deserves to know in advance what the talk is going to be about. By doing this, you arouse the audience’s curiosity as well as their interest.
  3. Maintaining a good posture and a fair amount of movement can help the audience stay focused on you. Being stationary can induce boredom. Remember that your energy as a speaker determines the energy levels of the audience. An active and energetic speaker always manages to keep the audience interested.
  4. Encourage participation through quizzes and games. This not only boosts interest but allows the audience to retain what was discussed.
  5. Incorporate media and other props into your presentation. This provides you with the ability to better communicate aspects of your presentation or speech, which may not be effective if you are just transmitting your ideas orally.
  6. If you are conducting a sales or product demonstration, encourage the audience to test or try out the product. This keeps the audience attentive and also makes for a great marketing strategy that might eventually end in a successful sale.
  7. Enhance your content with stories and personal experiences. This adds more credibility to your presentation and peaks the interest of the audience.
  8. Giving out brochures and leaflets at the end of the presentation can help with communicating more voluminous or detailed information. It can also encourage involvement from the audience’s end.
  9. Use humor in your presentations. It is probably the most effective attention-grabbing technique there is. Laughter is known to stimulate the release of a hormone called adrenaline, which will help make the audience more responsive and even improve their memory. This means that the content you share will also be absorbed better.

 Developing  Public Speaking Skills

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You can make use of our Public Speaking skills and Presentation skills programs to improve your skills. There are public speaking training programs are designed with a blend of coaching, knowledge, and practice to help you master the art of public speaking.