Want to be more effective as communicator and presenter? Try these nine techniques…

“You are perceived as effective and inspiring as a presenter by connecting with the audience needs, expectations and aspirations. You win them over by caring.” M.W.Hardwick

  1. Fake it till you—make it. Don’t focus on nervousness, such as hands shaking  or dry mouth. Focus on task at hand providing compelling information and meeting audience need’s and expectations.
  2. Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic and ideas.  Ask the question—Does this speech have a SOO (significant overriding objective) that meets the audience WIIFM question: What is in it for me to listen.. How can I make the point stick and make it concrete, useful and memorable?
  3. People  remember a third of what you read to them, half of what people lecture and tell you, but 100 percent of what you feel.” So use interactive activities to engage and get get people involved in their learning.
  4. Risk self-disclosing by telling stories and providing examples from your life
  5. The best teacher for learning presentations is presenting or speaking itself.  When combined with specific behavioral modeling and meaningful feedback “practice can make perfect”.
  6. Make message concise focus on the 20% that can make a difference and leave the fluff home. Challenge your self by presenting concepts that follow the 80/20 rule.
  7. Stop-Think Smart-Choose technique—that says that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.  Try to figure out what priorities you want to spend your time and energy on—your 20%;  then choose at least three HIGH PAYOFF topics that meet or exceed audience expectations.
  8. Learn to Relax—Use that shot of adrenaline to eliminate self-doubt, judgment and need to be perfect. Focus on the audience not your nervousness. Take a deep breath and then begin.
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