1 May 2018
Taming Public Speaking
Taming Public Speaking

Do you know that the public speaking is one of the top things we are afraid of? It might be connected to two reasons people are scare of, that are: Being Embarrassing In Front of a Huge Amount of People” and Failing.

A few years ago we had invited Peter Taylor, one of the best speaker, to give a presentation on presentations. The recording of his presentation can be found here and the tips have been summarized in the previous post.

This time I have asked Transition Manager Academy students to share some ideas on a presentation that makes a difference. The results of the brainstorming session below.

Plan and prepare

  • Be prepared! You should know what the presentation is about and what you want to achieve
  • Don’t try to plan everything – will not work. Be spontaneous.
  • Check who your audience is and adjust style of presentation (pictures, tables with numbers)
  • Rehearse to check the time usage

The presentation itself

  • Short and Interactive
  • Make introductions
  • Share stories, jokes and anecdotes
  • Avoid long text – clear slides – not too much text
  • Use visuals – pictures instead of words
  • Include some interesting news or information that will be new to the audience
  • Less data, more conclusion (interpret data)
  • Clear structure
  • Make a 3 step structure or break the rule as Peter suggests.
  • Summary and to do’s
  • Clarity – make sure everybody understands the topic (in Polish we call it “piaskownica” = sandpit)
  • Double check if all clear
  • Not read the text from the presentation
  • Use different communication channels
  • Time keeping

The audience

  • Involve and engage the audience
  • Make audience feel comfortable at start – the feeling – they will stay

The presenter

  • Be self-confident
  • Smile, use body language, eye contact with the audience
  • Fun!!! People tend to be more engaged and remember if they smile
  • Be authentic!
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