Presentation Delivery Skills
Five Tips On How To Care For Your Speaking Voice
Your voice is a powerful but delicate instrument. With the right care, you can both protect your voice and use it to your best advantage. Start by caring for your voice with this five-step approach.
What Is It About Storytelling That Helps Bring A Presentation Alive?
Stories work and stories have value because they help us understand. Through stories, facts and raw data gain meaning. Stories are how we best learn and visualize information. They simplify and clarify even the most complex information. They can hook an audience with emotion. What's more, stories help people remember what they've heard.
You Can Control Your Fear Of Public Speaking.
Take These Cues From The Pros.
It's called glossophobia—known also as stage fright. It's a morbid fear of public speaking that many people in survey after survey rank as their number one fear. So if you're one of them, you've got lots of company. The question is: what can you do about it?
Use Visuals Like a Pro
When you're presenting, your slides should not be the feature attraction. That role is played by you. Here are some tips on the correct way to present your visuals.
It's Not Only About Visuals. Verbal Devices Can Help Too.
A picture can be worth a thousand words. But beyond slides, there are figures of speech and other verbal devices that also help to bring information alive.
Time For Your Videoconference Close-up. What Now?
What does it take to conduct a successful videoconference? Should you talk to the camera or to your audience? What's the difference?
There's a Message in Your Voice.
While speech is how you use words, voice is how you create sound. To your listeners, your voice is a part of who you are and what you believe. Follow these tips on using your voice effectively when you're giving a presentation.
When You're Using a Microphone.
A microphone is a tool to amplify your voice, not a substitute for good vocal expression. It won't make a boring voice interesting-just louder. Learn the techniques of good microphone use.
Your Voice is a Precious Instrument. Protect it. Empower it.
Try these exercises to take care of your voice. And while you're at it, take some time to enrich your voice as well.
What to Do When You're Losing Your Audience
How do you know when you're losing your audience? What should you do when that happens?
Facing the Hostile Audience: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide. So What Should You Do?
For many presenters, the hostile audience is right up there with stage fright as their worst nightmare. But just as it is with stage fright, there are ways to deal with the problem audience.
A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to This Meeting
Humor in presentations isn't always a laughing matter. How do you know when it will work—and when it won't? Should you use humor at all?
While You're Talking, What Is Your Body Saying?
By far, most of what we communicate is non-verbal. That means your body language is more important than you might think. When you're presenting, you may be saying one thing, but through your body language, you're communicating something else. Gestures, stance, facial expression -- all play a part in assuring a successful presentation.
The Eyes Have It, And They're All On You
The most important visual in a presentation is not that dazzling animation or PowerPoint slide overflowing with data. The most important visual is you.
Strong, Direct Eye Focus
Proper eye focus works wonders, whether you're presenting to a small or a large audience. It puts you and your audience at ease, and it helps in other ways too. Here are some tips on using this essential technique.
Slow Down, You're Talking Too Fast!
Fast speech is like fine print. It's easy to ignore. Listeners tune out if speakers don't make listening comfortable. It's the speaker's job to make it easy and comfortable for the audience to listen. Pace is a form of oral punctuation. Learn techniques to control your pace so you don't speak in a blur of run-on sentences that make it too hard for your audience to really listen to what you're saying.
Instead of Fumbling, Pause
Learning to pause can add clarity and strength to your speech. It can also eliminate those pesky filler words that tend to creep into the gaps between phrases. Instead of saying "Uh" or "you know" at the end of a phrase, use silence to add weight to your words and avoid those foolish fillers. A similar technique works when you forget what you were planning to say. A focused pause will not only help you think faster on your feet, but it will also avoid those awkward moments of fumbling for words that tell your audience you have no earthly idea what you're saying.
The Voice that Captivates
Breathing: The First Step toward a Powerful and Captivating Voice
Your voice is an instrument you can use to gain influence, to win an audience, to make a powerful impression. There are exercises to help you use your voice effectively and make it work for you. The first step is to build the foundation of a good voice by working on breathing.
10 Of The Most Common Mistakes Presenters Make
Our Top 10 list. And it's only a partial list, at that.