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Does Eye Contact Really Work?

 

By Mark Kretschmar

There’s a problem with the way most presenters do eye contact. But first, let’s look at what’s going right.

We’ve all endured enough presentations void of eye contact. (You know you have an engineer’s attention “when they are looking at your shoes instead of at their own.”) Well, I’m glad to say that’s an exaggeration.

Getting speakers to look at the audience members’ faces is a huge step in the right direction. Eye contact is good. Always. But it can be great. A major reason eye contact is emphasized in public …

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Create a Great Audience Connection

By Bob Goodyear

Creating a great audience connection is key to making a great presentation. It’s easy to say but sometimes it’s very hard to do. What does it take to create such a connection? Let me share 3 tips that I’ve learned over the years that have helped me.
Know Your Audience
This is such a key for making a great presentation and connecting with your audience. I’ve written previously about questions you should ask to get to know your audience before you show up to speak. While these questions will …

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New Year’s Resolution to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

by Kelly Vandever

There’s nothing quite like a new year to do a clean sweep and set out to accomplish new goals. Hence, the New Year’s Resolution!

If your New Year’s Resolution is to overcome your fear of public speaking, congratulations! That’s a great cause.

We know public speaking can help you personally and in your career, so well done for stepping up and addressing your fears!

Where to begin? For most people, I recommend finding and joining a Toastmasters club.
The Mission of a Toastmasters Club
According to the Toastmasters International website, the …

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Energize a Cold Audience

By Tom Nixon

Many times a speaker, through no fault of their own, steps to the front of the room and faces a cold audience. It could be the time of day, the meal before or after the session, the previous speaker, an organization-wide situation, or even the temperature, setup, and/or lighting of the room. It could be anything. The energy and the expectations are bottomed out. You may well have to struggle to get the power level up.

A presenter can use a number of techniques to open their time and energize …

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The Danger of Too Much Information

By Tom Nixon

Too much information? In general, the reason any of us are standing in front of the room for any kind of presentation is that we know what we are talking about. We are experts. We know the material and we have the ability to go deep into our content. And therein lies a problem — especially when it come to visual presentations — we just have too much information and we feel we must deliver it all to our audience.

“A little bit is good. Maybe a few more slides …

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A Presentation is Essentially a Performance

By Sarah Browne

You climb a stage and speak into a microphone to address a packed room of live audience. Does that mean a stand-up comedian, a vocal artist, and a political leader are also delivering a presentation just like you? Does that mean you need to be as entertaining as they are for delivering a business presentation?

Public speaking or presentations happen on a stage, therefore it is essentially a performance. This part is often overlooked by most orators who are criticized as boring presenters. Yes, a presentation has to be entertaining …

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Knowledge You Learn, Wisdom You Earn

By Bob Goodyear

“Knowledge you learn. Wisdom you earn.” When someone asks me about how they can improve their presentations, I sometimes use this phrase. I heard this when I first tried to speak in front of a corporate audience. Let me explain.

When I was in the eighth grade, I decided to study computer science in college. I did that because I could work with machines and not people. While I didn’t know the word back then, I figured out that I was an introvert. The idea that I could work with …

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Poise, Power-stance, and Polish for Presenters

By Claudia W. Brogan

Once the design and writing have taken place in preparing a presentation, a good speaker continues to aim toward refining the speech and delivery. As the heart of a presentation is complete, then comes the time for a good presenter to add polish to preparations for a speech.

Three areas for finalizing and refinement will help add good finishing touches.

Poise

“The key to winning is poise under stress,” says Paul Brown. The more times a speaker has actually practiced saying the words aloud, the more that “muscle memory” will help …

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Welcoming Feedback

By Kelly Vandever

“How do you think it went?”

That was the question the facilitator of the train-the-trainer course asked me.

I was standing in front of a group of my peers. I’d just finished delivering a portion of a program and I anticipated that I’d be receiving feedback not offering my advice.

My focus as I delivered my segment of the training class was on remembering and delivering the material. I was prepared to receive feedback. I hadn’t really thought about how I felt about the material I’d just delivered.

I mumbled something, I forget …

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Fire Hose Delivery

by Tom Nixon

The highly respected expert stepped to the stage and announced that he was going to “turn on the fire hose” and let the audience have everything he knows about the presentation’s topic. In a perfect world, all the brilliant insights that would tumble from his lips in this presentation would be eagerly assimilated by everyone in his audience. But in this world, that doesn’t happen. As a matter of fact, as presenters we are lucky if two or three of our important points register with just a few of …

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