Posted by Presentation Skills on February 15, 2011
Presentation skills. Great presentation skills will advance your career quicker than any other skill. You will be seen as the leader who needs to be listened too.
Take a lesson from Law & Order and start your presentation straight away. There is not need to thank your audience for letting you speak (Most had no choice in the matter!) Just get straight into what you wanted to say and you will haev the audience engaged and listening to you.
Get to your point straight away and your audience will thank you for it.
Australia’s Corproate Speech Coach
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Posted by Presentation Skills on January 30, 2011
Lies, Dam lies and Statistics
How to make statistics interesting…..
Darren Fleming – Australia’s Corporate Speech Coach
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Posted by Presentation Skills on January 7, 2011
Real Leaders know how to uncover the humour in their message to make their audience laugh.
When speaking to any audience, it is important to build a rapport with them as quickly as possible—and humour can be a great way to make this connection. However, it’s often best to leave the punch-line jokes aside and focus on more subtle types of humour.
It’s a misconception that beginning a presentation with a joke will get the audience on your side. In fact, jokes will fail far more often than they will succeed. There are several reasons for this unfortunate outcome:
• The funniest jokes are usually not appropriate for the work environment.
• Most jokes rely on a victim—and chances are that someone will identify more with the victim than with you. If the audience identifies with you more than the victim they will find the joke funny. However, there will be people in the audience who identify with the victim and will think your joke is in poor taste. If there are too many of these people in the audience, the joke will fail.
• Jokes require exact wording, good delivery, and perfect timing. If you don’t carry off all three of these things, your joke will fall flat and leave you struggling.
• If you are constantly opening with jokes, you will get a reputation for it. You would be better off building a reputation as someone who has something important to say than as someone who cracks jokes.
• If you do happen to find the right joke and deliver it properly and everyone thinks it’s funny, they will probably remember the joke more than what you had to say. If your joke overshadows your content, it will prevent you from delivering your message.
Although structured jokes with punch lines are almost always a poor choice for your a presentations, humour is an important aspect of all public speaking presentations.
One type of humour that works well when applied to speeches is situational humour. Situational humour can involve making observations on what is going on around you at that moment. Chances are good that if you find something in your immediate environment is funny, others will too. Situational humour can also be used in the stories that you tell.
Another type of humour that works well in a speech or presentation is self-deprecating humour. In this case, you are the only victim of the joke and no one else is hurt or offended. More than that, self-deprecation shows the audience that you are not taking yourself too seriously and helps them build a fondness and respect for you.
Remember: even though humour can be a useful and fun tool to utilise, it is not required to successfully communicate with your audience. If you know that you are lacking a sense of humour, don’t try and force humour into your presentations—focus on your strengths instead. If you are unsure of whether or not a line is funny, try dropping it into a casual conversation and gauge the reactions—even if it doesn’t meet with laughter, it’s a better option than having a bit of humour flop in the midst of a speech.
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Posted by Presentation Skills on December 10, 2009
Keep you team and audience interested at the next sales conference by insisting that every person presenting does a lightning talk. These are the instructions:
1. Maximum time allowed: 5 min + Q&A time (time set by you)
2. Slides: Every speaker has 20 slides (no more; no less)
3. Slide transition: Slides automatically move on after 15 seconds (slides cannot be repeated or returned too)
4. No logos on the screen (we know who you work for!)
5. Lights in room stay turned on.
What is the result:
1. Speakers who focus in on their message
2. Speakers who do not waffle
3. Speaker who know their material because they cannot read the slides
4. Audience members who can remain awake through what would otherwise be boring presentations
5. Shorter and more enjoyable presentations
This is how lightning talks work. http://vimeo.com/7021316
Will this work for sales conferences? YES. You just need to be in tune with your message.
Follow these instructions and the annual sales conference will be worth attending for more than just the boozy nights!
Australia’s Corporate Speech Coach
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Posted by Presentation Skills on June 4, 2009
When you are speaking, you are selling.
You could be selling your latest widget to your next customer, your ideas to your staff, or selling yourself in your annual performance review. What ever it is, you are selling.
But the reality is the results that you achieve will be a direct result of how well you present your ideas, as opposed to how good your ideas are. The world is full of bad ideas that were sold correctly, while the good ideas die with their creator.
If you want to sell more products, if you want your staff to listen to you, or if you want to be able to get that pay rise, you need to be able to sell your ideas, and sell them well.
Recorded in front of a live audience, in this audio will give you the reasons why you need to:
- Include stories in your next presentation
- Control the room from the moment you enter it
- Why you need to make your very first word interesting
- Why PowerPoint fails more often than it succeeds…and
The one thing you must remember at the start of every presentation so your audience will listen to you
At just $15, this could just be the best investment you make in your next Business Presentation.
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Posted by Presentation Skills on February 10, 2008
If you’re looking to improve your presentation and communication skills, you need someone who has spoken to large audiences, can show you how to use humour and can give you the skills to think on your feet.
Darren Fleming from Executive Speaking can teach you the skills that you are after.
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