There is more than one type of presentation that can be given to an audience. The purpose of each might be different, with the main goal being to influence the audience in some way. Below are some tips on how to get it right, as well as a list of some of the common types of presentations you might be asked to participate in throughout your life. Some you may have already tackled. Check out the Video below as we give you 7 different types of Presentations.
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If you are not nervous before a presentation, then you are lying to yourself. Even a veteran speaker gets butterflies. Here are some strategies to assist with overcoming nerves that can sabotage your talk.
Speaking is a skill that everyone needs to cultivate, although most would rather be having a root canal instead. Why? People are fickle and frightening. An audience can turn as quickly as week-old bread. Whether it is a group of twenty or a group of 1,000, the dynamics of your presentation should stay the same. A stable foundation of how to reach your audience will give you the confidence to speak to any size crowd.
That alone won’t be enough however. So, here are some coping strategies to tip the scales continually in your favor.
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Everyone hears about being nervous when speaking, and when you overcome it, you become confident and very successful.
What you don’t hear from successful speakers is about the journey itself.
For example, when I started in the field of speaking, I was a call center employee. As a Production Team Leader, I had to develop concepts and designs to solve problems within the call center by training, coaching and teaching.
So when I started my speaking career back in 2014 I was so scared and terrified, that even the thought of being in front of a group of people, made me feel physically sick, and would make my heart race so much, I thought I was having a heart attack.
Clearly, I didn’t want to go through my life like that so I did some training with Speaker Coach Cheryl Wood
I went through her 8 week Speaker Intensive titled “Sizzle Speaker Insensitive for new and emerging speakers. In that 8 weeks I build confidence in myself as a speaker and what I bring to the marketplace. Several months later I had one of my very first speaking engagement in front of hundreds of KIDS…YES kids! YIKES! Kids will tell you the truth at all times LOL
I walked out onto the stage in front of 200 children. Suddenly my legs started to shake so much I thought I was going to fall down. So I did what all young adults love to do is “dance” I had to make sure I stayed in touch before hand of today’s music. I felt so nervous but it was what the children wanted and needed.
All I achieved that day was to let the youth and their parents know who I was and that I was one fun speaker. Needless to say , I had so much fun and it was so easy for me to relay the message to them I was hired to do!
It was such a new experience that I had to make a decision to quit or do something about it. (I was unable to get into the witness protection program to lose my identity!)
Well I studied, practiced and used everything that I write about in my book and then some coming up in the Fall of 2018 so stay tuned.
And do you know?
I was confident, created humour and had them laughing, created pathos so they could feel sad, lifted them with excitement, spoke a very clear message, had them in the palm of my hand and when I finished ,they stood up to applaud.
Pretty good eh?
I realized that day, that being a great speaker helps you make more money, no matter what your job is.
So what made the difference? What transformed me from soft spoken lady to one of the most speaker to check out in the future? And could anybody do the same? Clearly, the answer is yes, if they went through all the stuff they I had.
Why am I qualified to say this?
Because it is based upon my learnings, my studies, my experiments, good and bad, and most importantly, on my real life, in the fire, under the hammer, experience.
Overcoming the fear and building the skills, step by step, not only transforms your
presentation skills, it builds your confidence in all parts of your life.
And isn’t that a good enough reason to start! Well heck yes and you can today!
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This is it! You’ve landed your first Speaking engagement. You’ve have prepared and rehearsed. You are all ready to give your best presentation ever.
As you begin you have exactly 3 minutes of your presentation to grab the audience attention and build rapport to ensure they buy in to what you have to say.
In the first 3 minutes of your presentations, your audience is sizing you up. They are deciding whether they like you and whether are you worth listening to. If you lose your audience in the first 3 minutes you will be playing catch up for the rest of the presentation.
Why at the first 3 minutes of your public speaking engagement is most important period of your presentation? This is the time where the attention of the audience is naturally high and focused. Here is where the audience decides to hear you out or not. First Impression counts and you have only one chance at it.
In this crucial period you need to build rapport with your audience. Rapport is a prerequisite for effective communication. Before presenting any material you must build rapport with your audience.
When people are like each other, they like each other. When you have enough rapport with your audience, they will feel acknowledge and engage with you in your presentation.
You can build rapport with your audience by;
– Using the words they use. Use their Jargon’s and preferred terms.
– Use the same tonality and say it like they do
– Use the same gestures and postures.
People create bonds with each others by finding shared experiences. Tell a story to your audience which relays to them that you are exactly like them. Meet as many of your audience before the presentation and build rapport with them individually.
Right form the start let your audience define their own expectation and do your best to meet those expectations. Experiment with different types of openers to see which builds more rapport for you and with your audience. Be flexible, use as many different openers and evaluate your results. The openers which build more rapport with your audience for you will be the best ones. The types of openers that you can look into are;
o Current Events
o Real-World Situation
If you have built enough rapport with your audience in the first 3 minutes of your presentation the rest of your presentation will move smoothly. You will have an engaging audience and you will be able to have fun with them and be yourself on stage.
Remember the first 3 minutes of your presentation is the most crucial of all. Start off your presentation with the right foot.
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The funny thing about presenting and speaking is that the majority of people will tell you they don’t enjoy it and/or aren’t very good at it. And yet regardless of who they are and what they do, most of the speaking they do on a day-to-day basis IS public speaking.
You see, mostly when we talk to ourselves we keep it as an internal dialogue that nobody else can hear. But whenever we open our mouths and actually make a noise in front of another person we’re speaking in public – hence “public speaking”. So why do so many people find it so scary?
I think it’s the eyes. All those sets of eyes fixed on you….. BORING into you. It’s unsettling. So would it be any easier if your audience was ignoring you and all looking the other way? What if they all dozed off so it WAS as if you were talking to yourself? (Have you ever been a Rotary after-dinner speaker?)
Whatever the reason, the fact is that before getting up to speak, even the most seasoned professional will have some butterflies, whether they choose to call the feeling nervousness or excitement doesn’t really matter. Rest assured, we all experience it to some degree.
If I had one tip to pass on, if I was asked to tell you the most important lesson I’ve learnt over the years I’ve been presenting, it would have to be to stress the absolute necessity of being totally prepared.
Now this may sound obvious and I’m sure you’ve heard this before, possibly many times, and like a lot of important messages it tends to become diluted the more we hear it “Oh yes, I knew that, now what else?”.
And yet, knowing this, some people will be outside in the car park seconds before they have to deliver their sales pitch scribbling it out on the back of a business card. I know, I’ve been there.
When I talk about being prepared, I mean you should know your talk off by heart. You should be able to give it verbatim, standing on your head, without even having to think about what comes next.
Now some of you may be thinking “Yes, but I don’t work like that. I like to keep the spontaneity” or “Yes, but I want to tailor my talk to the occasion” or “Yes, but that would be boring because I’d just be on auto pilot.”
But actually, that’s not what happens. In effect, the opposite is true. When you know your talk by rote, it gives you the freedom to change it around, to add, to subtract without losing your direction. It’s like driving from A to B. If your route is set from the outset and you know it well, you can safely veer off and browse in a few antique shops and have a pub lunch in a picturesque village off the beaten track and still get back to where you were to complete your journey.
But, if you’d just set off in the general direction with no main route to which to return, you’d soon get lost if you were to be diverted and you’d have difficulty picking up that thread again.
You see, there are so many things out there that can throw the speaker, and lots of unexpected things can occur when you’re dealing with the public. No matter how good you are, you will become distracted, so knowing your material to the nth degree is absolutely crucial.
If something happens that needs your attention, you’ll have to stop and deal with it, but you can return to your talk with barely a glitch and appear calm, collected and hence the ultimate professional.
You see we all get nervous. We all stick our feet in our mouths sometimes. We don’t ever operate in a hermetically sealed environment, especially when exposed to other humans. But prepare, prepare and over-prepare and not only will you enjoy the confidence of knowing that nothing can phase you because you know your material, but if you’re forced off your chosen route for any reason you can return smoothly and appear to be the consummate professional speaker.
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Story telling is a very effective way to get your point across. Here are some tips to help you develop a dynamic powerful story.
• Decide on the purpose for the story. What is the main point you want to make? Slant the telling of the story so that that point is clear.
• Create the backdrop. Describe the scene so that the audience can picture it in their minds. What is the time, location, weather? What is going on emotionally, physically, or spiritually?
• Introduce the main characters. Help your audience to picture the important characters through detailed descriptions. Become them; describe their relationships, quirks and personality. Add character voices or mannerisms to make them different from your own.
• Begin the Journey. What is the task, the goal, and the journey to take? What are the challenges that need to be faced?
• Meet the obstacle. To avoid boredom something must happen to get in your way and make it interesting. This could be a person, a self limiting belief, or a challenge to overcome. Exaggeration will add humour.
• Overcome the obstacles. What had to be done to overcome the obstacle? What inner resources did you have to summon? Did someone help you? A hero? Or you? Be specific. Break your solution down into a few steps in sequence. This is where the teaching happens.
• Resolve the story. How did everything turn out? Tie up the loose ends-what happened to the other people? To your hero?
• Make the point. A story needs one clear point to have more points confuses the issue. Write out and memorize the point, work on the words to make it simple and easy to remember. Find “the phrase that pays”.
• Ask the question. Make your story personal to the audience. “Has that ever happened to you?” Turn the main point into a question. Push their buttons!
• Practice, practice, practice. Tell your stories to anyone who is willing to listen. Get feedback, make adjustments, and tell it again. These steps will ignite the WOW in your audience.
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There are many reasons why you should become a professional speaker. Lucrative fees, prestige, and an excellent addition to your brand are tops on most people’s list. However, if you are serious about becoming a professional speaker, it is important to take a good look at both the pros and cons of the profession.
- Flexibility in schedule
- Opportunity to travel
- The sky is the limit for salary!
- Chance to meet many varied and interesting people
- Excellent way to promote your business
- Lots of opportunity for “back of the room” product promotion
- You are your own boss
- You can make a difference in people’s lives
- Great self-confidence booster
- The challenge will keep your brain fresh and alive
- Recognition as an expert in your field
- You may even achieve fame
Sound good? Great. However, slow down for a moment. Let’s also take a good, hard look at the cons of a speaking career. You don’t want to begin a career in speaking only to discover you hate some of the downsides of it.
- Necessity to spend a lot of time away from home
- Responsible for own marketing
- Your success is up to you
- Must learn—and continue to hone— speaking skills
- Need to have interesting and timely things to say
- Must keep your product—your speeches—current
- No stable income at first
As you can see, some of the best things about being a speaker, such as being your own boss, are also the worst things, such as being your own boss and being responsible for your own success. However, this independence and challenge is what most speakers thrive on. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the field of professional speaking!
If all of the pros appeal to you but you aren’t sure you have the skill set necessary to become a polished public speaker, don’t worry. Very few people set out initially to carve out a career in professional speaking. Many speakers get into through other means—such as promoting their business or talking about their passions—and discover they have a true love for it. Over the years, they have learned tips and techniques to become stellar speakers. And you, too, can take advantage of these tips and techniques and learn how to shine as a professional speaker yourself. There are many organizations and books available to help you learn the ropes.
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Sharlrita uses writing to spread motivation and inspiration. Author of 4 book publications she loves to minister to all through writing her stories. Known for her captivating story from Felon to Favor she also help other inspiring writers maximize their stories through writing by partnering with her Husband Anthony Deloatch to help writers dreams come true through Writing Coaching “Writng Dreams”.