The room is packed, your PowerPoint is loaded and ready to go, everything is in place and your mind races with the information you are about to present. Presenting to groups of all sizes is not an uncommon task for many business professionals, but the key to success is to have your proverbial ducks in a row and offering information in a way that sticks with your participants long after the meeting is over. [Read more…]
SlideShare was created back in October of 2006 and its original intention was to be a place to upload PowerPoint presentations that could be shared with others. Since then SlideShare has been acquired by LinkedIn (2012) and has evolved into a well-used content-sharing platform. It is now a place to share presentations; recorded audio tracks, post Word docs and infographics, share video that can be used by others, create podcasts, webinars, and recorded lectures. These presentations and other information can then be downloaded to reuse or remix. [Read more…]
Do you want to showcase your expertise to potential clients? Are you concerned about the amount of time it takes to coordinate an in-person seminar or event? Then you should consider a Virtual Event. A virtual event? You know a teleseminar (aka teleclass) or webinar in which you make a presentation to a group via a conference call line or the Internet. Where do I start, you ask? Well, of course we have the team to support you! Our suggestion to clients wanting to venture into the virtual events realm is to start with a teleseminar. Whether you want to do a paid Teleseminar or just want to share your expertise, teleseminars require very little coordination both of technology and time. [Read more…]
by Karen Susman
In a recent Power Presentations workshop I provided for engineers, I was asked, “How do you make a smooth transition from your first point to your second point and so on?” Transitions are words or phrases that show the audience that the speaker has finished discussing one concept and is moving to the next.
Making smooth transitions reveals your preparation and professionalism. It also helps your audience follow your train of thought. If you’re the leader of a group or team presentation, your job is to make the transitions between points and between team member presentations. Don’t leave transitions to chance. Plan what you’ll say to get you from Point A to Point B and from team member Sally to team member Bob.
Here are a few ways to make smooth transitions:
Most of us would agree that having humor in our lives increases rapport, strengthens our relationships and overcomes communication barriers. People who work in a positive, often playful environment are more likely to stay. Productivity and creativity increase while stress is reduced. We just feel better after a good laugh. Think funny!
1. Open with a humorous story.
I remember the time the lights went out and I fell off the stage. I wasn’t hurt and quickly said, Now I will take questions from the floor. I’m at my best when taking questions in the dark.Before you can be funny, you must learn to see funny. Find the humor around you, in your life every day. The lady who takes an aisle seat rather than sit next to the window doesn’t want to mess up her hair.
Practice telling the story out loud, and cut out any parts that aren’t crucial. As Shakespeare so wisely said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
by Karen Susman
It’s good to know that after 30+ years of speaking and coaching that I am still learning.
The backstory: I was hired to speak at a luncheon honoring service clubs such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Sertoma, and Lions. The topic was building community involvement. I was to speak for thirty minutes.
The challenge: The burning issue for service clubs is dwindling membership. Thus, my focus was on why membership was dropping and how to attract new members. I had to make sure that I ended on a positive note even though I was giving them some tough stuff to digest.
by Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
In the speaking world, the media stars are the keynote speakers. A lot of seminar leaders and trainers ask me how they can adapt their material to this intense, high-profile, and often lucrative specialty.
“The keynote speech comes from the discipline of show business. The seminar comes from the discipline of teaching.”
—Bill Gove, First President of the National Speakers Association
“With a keynote speech, the presenter is the star. With seminars, the leader needs to make the audience members the star.”
—Don Thoren, Past President National Speakers Association and Long-time Seminar Leader
To understand the big difference between keynotes and seminars, start by appreciating the unique characteristics of each. “Conversations occur in both keynotes and seminars,” explains Fripp Associate, Dr. David Palmer, Silicon Valley management guru, seminar leader on negotiations, and professor in the MBA program at Santa Clara University. “In a seminar, attendees learn more when you get them to do most of the talking. Your role is to set up the situations and guide them, letting them teach each other. But with a keynote speech you are presenting a conversation between you and each member of the audience. They are talking back to you in their own heads. During your speech, ask questions, then pause while the audience members think about what you have said.”
By Karen Susman
1. Put on your humor lenses so you are on the lookout for funny, amusing situations. They are all around you.
2. Keep track of funny events, stories and thoughts. Look at advertisements and products. How about Old Fashioned Microwave Popcorn.
3. Collect funny headlines and newspaper stories.
4. When something bad happens to you, look for the humorous, absurd twist.
5. Record your funny stories about your vacations, family, car, the weather, aging, and other topics that everyone can relate to.
6. If you’re speaking for an association or group that has an acronym, make up a new, funny meaning for the acronym. For instance, the IRS could stand for the Income Recycling Service.
by Adele Sommers
What’s the overarching formula for making the very best possible impression on your audience when you deliver a slide presentation? How do you capitalize on the scarce and precious commodity that your audience is offering you, which is the gift of their time and attention?
This article, Part 4 in a series, culminates our overview of the repeatable formula we have been discussing for creating truly outstanding presentations. (For previous articles in the series, please see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) This formula comprises a set of powerful artistic and story-telling principles that are scientifically supported.
We can summarize the ideas behind this presentation formula in these simple terms: Art + Science + Story = Impact!
by Adele Sommers
Just about everyone who has spent any amount of time in the corporate world has watched someone give a slide presentation that put the whole audience to sleep. Many of us were taught to follow a familiar model of designing presentations that, unfortunately, does not sustain attention or understanding.
You know the type I mean — the text-heavy, bullet point-crammed slides, often covered with dense charts and detailed diagrams that can’t possibly be read even at close range, much less from across the room. Throw in a heavy lunch, deliver it in mid-afternoon, and voila! You have a recipe for a coma!