If the Audience Isn’t Ready for Your Message Look Out for the Tomatoes

You’ve probably never been on the receiving end of rotten tomatoes thrown at you by a hostile audience. But most presenters have had the unfortunate experience of starting to speak and sensing the audience’s hostility. It’s palpable. So do you ignore it and just push ahead with your presentation?

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

If you’re ever in a situation where you know you’re losing your audience by their body language and lack of responsiveness, it’s pointless to keep going with the presentation you had planned.

Some time ago I had that kind of experience. We were asked to present to a group of Brazilians who were in the U.S. for a conference. The audience of some 200 business executives was sitting there with their arms crossed, grim faced and obviously not the slightest bit interested. …Read more…

Using Transition Phrases to Keep Your Audience Engrossed in Your Presentation

Rambler_01You’ve worked hard at creating your presentation with compelling key messages and images. Let’s face it, though. Even the most interested listener will wander off mentally at least once during your presentation.

Many won’t be able to resist the temptation to take a peek at their smart phones. So how do you keep your audience involved and following the discussion?

Transition Phrases

Savvy speakers use Transition/Linking Phrases as the glue that holds their thoughts together so they can move seamlessly from one point to another. …Read more…

Does Your High School Yearbook Photo Hold a Clue to Who You Are Now?

As the last New York Mayoral race was heating up, candidates had to undergo scrutiny, not only for their points of view about public policy but also for their personal images.

The Daily News chose a novel way to spotlight the candidates in a story that included photos of them in their high school yearbooks.

NYDailyNews …Read more…

How to Distinguish Yourself in a Panel Discussion

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Be a Standout Panelist

You’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion. Congratulations! That automatically designates you as a subject matter expert. Serving as a panelist is good exposure for you and your company. The panel could pair you with other experts you’ve been angling to meet and will enhance your personal brand.

Pre-Planning

Some panelists just show up and wing it. They’re the ones who ramble on and on, ignore the other panelists and aren’t prepared for the inevitable questions from the audience. Those panelists …Read more…