10 Zen Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation
Your listeners want variety. That means broad truths buttressed by homely examples; solemn purpose marbled with humor; a voice that is animated and varied.
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Or at least don't make them the star of the show.
You are the star. Your slides are your aides--your backup singers. Use them intermittently.
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.
There's no correlation between the length of a talk and its impact.
Have a good beginning, a strong ending, and put the two as close together as possible.
It directly influences how you experience things in life.
Our words play an important part in shaping our existence, so if your internal self-talk is negative, your external exper...
The words we attach to our experience become our experience.
Words have a biochemical effect on the body. For example, if you use a word like “devastated,” you’re going to produce a very different biochemical effect than if you say, “I’m a bit disappointed.”
Replace just one word that will transform the way you experience something “negative.” This is how you create a choice instead of a habitual reaction.
These small changes in your vocabulary give you the power to change your experiences in life by lowering the intensity of negative emotions to the point where they no longer control you.
Steve Jobs's intro sentences were so great because they clearly outlined what the product did while creating intrigue.
Rather than rambling on, he used them to perfectly convey his message as compactly as possible.
Examples of one sentence summaries of the product he was presenting: "Mac Book Air: the world's thinnest notebook", and "iPod: One thousand songs in your pocket."
Whether you're networking or presenting, it's important to realize that it should never be a one-sided conversation.
Your audience is in the room for a particular reason. It's critical to understand why they're listening to you so you can tune your presentation in a manner that makes them more receptive listeners,