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Keep the nature of the occasion in mind as you prepare your message. Every situation and audience is different.
Don't be tone-deaf. Your antennae must be sensitive to the need for formality or informality, seriousness or humor, words that work and words that won't.
Listeners cycle in and out of attentiveness--mostly out. Twenty percent of your audience will be spaced out at any given time.
So when you begin, establish your themes, and as you move through each section remind them where they are on the journey. When you get to the end, repeat your key points.
Attention-getting messages are simple, unexpected, and concrete.
The mention of an object creates a visualized idea in our minds--we form an image of the thing, and retain it in our memory. This doesn't happen at the mention of abstractions, like "value" or "memory."
Rehearse. An audience doesn't want to see you struggling to say what's on your mind.
They've come for a show, an organized presentation of thought. Know your lines: your opening line, headlines, bottom line, and story lines. Being prepared will help you come across in a conversational manner, too.
Know how to stand (either behind the lectern, where you're half-hidden but feel safer, or out on the open stage) and move in such a way that you communicate the intangibles that motivate others to believe in you. Body language was the first language.
Also, know how to project your voice effectively.
When you're speaking, if you're having a good time, inform your face. Your face is the most valuable real estate in any meeting room.
The audience wants to hear, see, and sense your face enjoying your belief in your clear and simple message. When they do, you and your ideas will be more convincing.
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The less you try to impress your listeners with your knowledge, the more they'll respect you.
Cut out specialized vocabulary and speak to your audience in their language.
Your posture, gestures, and facial expressions influence how you feel.
So stand up straight, weight on both feet. Keep your chin up. Chest out, Open up and smile. Those actions make you look and feel good.
Most people think they are the most important player in a presentation. They are wrong. The audience, the listeners, the people watching the presenter are the most important players.
The work on the presentation slides should be clear, crisp, concise, with fewer words and more visually striking simple imagery.
Long sentences and tiny words going through the whole slide are not advisable.
Invest your time practicing thoughtfully and getting in a zone where you are a natural.
An effortless-looking presentation makes the audience love it, even though you have toiled hard to make it look effortless.