The Three WORST Pieces of Advice Given to Presenters (and How Best to Ignore Them)

Ever hear the one about picturing your audience naked to overcome your fear of presenting to them? How about the one about practicing in front of a mirror? Anyone who has ever tried either of those well-meaning tropes knows how futile they are. Deluding ourselves that we can calm fears by laughing at our audience, or that we can convince them of anything by faking authenticity, is worse than a waste of time. It prevents us from using our greatest power as presenters: our true selves. Try ignoring the “worst advice” and substituting powerful communication instead.

Worst Advice:

Memorize Your Presentation

Now this one sounds reasonable enough on the surface. After all, much of our fear about presenting is wrapped up in our fear of looking foolish in front of others. Some of that comes from our fear of drawing a blank when all eyes are on us. If we memorize our presentation, that won’t happen, right? Perhaps, but what will certainly happen is that we’ll be taken out of “the moment” as we put all of our energy and attention on recalling the least significant portion of our presentation: the literal words. Suddenly, we’re not focused on the immediate reaction we’re getting from the audience or on making sure we’re connecting with them. We’re focusing instead on making sure the words keep coming. That sets the bar too low: surviving the presentation until the end isn’t your goal. CONNECTING to your audience is.

Instead: Know Your Presentation

Focus on the essence of what you’re presenting: namely your key messages. This is what’s most important for your audience to understand. If the worst happens and all of your materials and notes disappeared, how would you summarize what you came to say? Put those bigger ideas up front and build your presentation around them. Your audience won’t likely remember all of the supporting details, but they should remember your key points. Worry less about repeating the exact words you intended and more about making sure you’re connecting. If you see heads nodding, react. If you see puzzled looks, don’t just plow through. Stop and make sure you’re not rushing ahead of your audience just to fill space. Slow yourself down and make sure you really see your audience and gauge their reactions. Remember, no one knows what you were supposed to say, so don’t let a pause or different phrasing than you’d planned throw you.

Use a Lot of Bullets

For some reason, lots of presenters think they can take a long, dry presentation and suddenly make it come alive if they can just add enough bullets to the screen. Ever sit through one of those presentations where the bullets don’t in any way indicate an abbreviated point? Heck, they may not even indicate a point! Here’s the thing: TEXT ON A SLIDE IS NOT A VISUAL AID. There is nothing about text that makes it more understandable, or illustrative, than the spoken word, by itself.

Instead: Put the Visual Back in Visual Aid

Are there actual visuals that would help illustrate your points? Can you bring in relevant charts, graphs, photos, illustrations to help your audience “see” your points? If you must use bullets, greatly reduce them and the words you use. Your audience didn’t come to read and they didn’t come to listen to YOU read to them. (Hint: if you use punctuation in your bulleted information, you’re using too many words.)

More is Better

Ever sit through a presentation that’s a product of many hands? More detail, more slides, with the presenter intoning something like… “..and here you can see again… “ or “this is just yet another example of… “ Yes, you want to prove your key points. Data does help you do that. However, information overload may quickly confuse your audience and actually mask your key points.

Instead: Pointed is Powerful

Limit your backup points and secondary data to your “best stuff.” Ask yourself whether any given slide is necessary, why, and what might instead be moved to handout material. Remember, this is ORAL presentation. That means it’s necessary for presenters to pay attention to higher messages, with just enough information to lend strong support. Remember, you are the presentation, so stay center stage.

8 Top Tips For Powerful Presentation

Most of the Americans are afraid of public speaking. They are usually stressful when they are required to speak in front of people. However, they can’t avoid themselves from doing presentations. They need to present their ideas and selling points effectively in order to achieve great success. They also need to communicate with both internal and external clients. In order to present in an excellent way, here are 8 useful tips you should follow:

• When you are on stage, the most important thing is you need to behave naturally. This is to show that you have full confidence. If you are not sure, you are recommended to study yourself in a mirror before the presentation to see what impression you make.

• You must keep in mind that your body language reflects what you are saying. You need to ensure that you keep your hands out of your pockets during the presentations.

• Besides, facial expressions are important too. You should learn to relax your facial muscles and smile always. However, you need to keep in mind that you should smile only when you feel natural to do so. A “forced” smile always looks false and unconvincing.

• Being a professional presenter, you should not wear anything that may distract the audiences. You should also ensure that your hair doesn’t fall across your face when you talk. At the same time, it will be good for you to wear comfortable shoes when presenting.

• If you are using audio-visual aids for your presentations, you are reminded to rehearse your presentations using the tools so that you can present your speeches in a smooth manner.

• In order to enhance your presentations, you are reminded to be creative. You should find different ways for expressing the same idea. At the same time, you should use the most natural tone.

• You are recommended to vary the pace of your speech. Practice speaking and you can decide which pace is the most effective.

• You must involve your audiences in the presentation as much as possible so that they can always stay focused. You should involve your audiences by asking questions at a regular interval so that the audiences know that you are aware of their feelings.

Every great presentation contains something special that makes it excellent. If you could apply the above mentioned unique tips in your presentations, you will be able to make yourself a great presenter.

Your First Home Business Presentation – How To Get People To Show Up

You are excited about your new Network Marketing business and it’s time to schedule your first home presentation. Like many others, you tried this before and your friends and family didn’t show up. Believe it or not, there is a way to pack out your first presentation and start a trend of profit generating BPs. Here’s how it works…

Your new rep Bob has made his list of resources (names) and you tell him this, “Bob, I want you to get on the phone and find some people we can practice on. Can you invite some local people over by Wednesday? Great, we’re going to do a practice run to show you the ropes, teach you how the presentation works, see what kind of questions people ask so that you become familiar with the process.”

“I want you to call about 50 people and invite them over on Wednesday. You don’t want to tell them anything about your business. Just say, ‘I need somebody to practice on. My training manager is coming over and I need some experience before we begin a national advertising campaign. So please come over and help me out.’”

“I don’t want you to tell them anything about the product or the business because you will only blow them out of the water just like the examples on the Script Book CDs, remember?”

This simple “practice” script continues to produce thousands of dollars of sales volume for new associates, no matter what the company, product or service. You will be blown away at how many of your friends and family will be willing to help you by letting you practice on them.

While the rest of the amateur home business builders are chasing people away by spewing everything they love about their wonderful new business, you are using the professional approach demonstrated in this article and your business is thriving!

Dani Johnson is recognized worldwide as the preeminent authority on Relationship Marketing. She went from living out of her car with $2.03 to her name to earning her first million in two short years by the age of 23. Dani regularly consults, mentors, and coaches business owners, entrepreneurs, and career professionals on business, leadership development, personal achievement, marketing solutions, profit strategies, relationship marketing, and team development.