Don’t Let a Bully Ruin Your Presentation

If you make a lot of presentations, you’re lucky if you haven’t already encountered a bully in the audience. That’s the know-it-all who interrupts your presentation whenever s/he feels like it or challenges your authority in the Q&A.

It might happen to you one day, and you’ll need to take off your “white gloves” and be prepared to regain control – in a nice way, of course. You don’t want to make your audience even more uncomfortable by getting into a shouting match with the bully.

Defining a Bully

A bully is someone who is grandstanding to show that s/he knows more than you do. Don’t let a bully unnerve you and remember the organization invited you to speak and people came to hear what you have to say

A bully can suck the air out of the room and create a lot of unnecessary tension. It’s up to the speaker …Read more…

Don’t Faint When You Flub a Presentation – Laugh at Yourself

No doubt presentation training will help you to improve your delivery when you’re in front of an audience. But you’re only human, so sometimes things can go wrong – very wrong.

If that ever happens, laughing at yourself can be the best medicine.

Turn Off Your Microphone

Unless you’re made of stone, you will be nervous before a presentation. We advise clients to use the restroom just before speaking but be sure to turn off their wireless microphones. One of our clients took the first piece of advice but forgot the second and 200 people heard him in the restroom. …Read more…

The Presentation Begins When You Book the Date

The preparation for any successful meeting or presentation starts the moment the date gets marked on the calendar. That’s when the real work begins.

Determine Your Goal

First, establish your goal for the presentation. What are you trying to achieve? You are most likely making a presentation to persuade your audience to take some sort of action. For an internal audience, it could be to approve a product launch or next year’s budget. For an external audience, you might want them to sample or buy your services. …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…