If someone in your audience has a question or objection, address it immediately. If you don't adapt quickly, they may start to doubt you or continue to think about their question for the remainder of your presentation. Neither is good.
If your manager asks you a question, don't say you'll address it at the end. Instead, answer the question and then get back to your story.
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Use just enough words to get your point across and not one more.
When you pitch an idea, keep it short and to the point. It helps to keep the engagement of your audience. It shows that you value their time.
Don't assume that your audience has prior knowledge. If your audience doesn't understand you, you've lost them.
When you're presenting, try not to speak in acronyms and jargon. For example, instead of saying NFTs, say non-fungible tokens. Ensure your audience knows what you mean before you continue.
In stand-up comedy, those who are successful deliver the first punchline in the first 15 seconds. The second punchline is delivered in the next 15 seconds. This earns you the right to speak for a longer duration before the next punchline.
When you're pitching an idea, don't start with information your audience already knows. Instead, throw in your teaser immediately to make them interested in listening to the rest of your pitch.
Think about who your audience is. Would your idea excite them or offend them?
People will support your idea if it is useful, interesting, relevant, not offensive. To manage this, pitch your idea first to a mentor or senior manager. If they question something, you may need to reconsider.
Comedians meticulously write and refine their jokes until they seem polished. The reaction awareness comes from reciting the joke dozens of times, similar to when someone describes a story they've told often, and their closest friends think ", oh, this one again."
Although groups and stories vary, people tend to respond in the same ways in the same places, regardless of who is listening.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, America pioneered the concept of stand-up comedy, an art form that was an odd kind of basic, no-frills entertainment. A person facing a crowd, with a mic in hand, has to make them laugh.
The origins of stand-up comedy are traced to burlesque shows at New York City’s vaudeville theaters, mostly catering to people familiar with modern city life. The initial shows by the earliest ‘stand-up’ comedians were short and full of slapstick humor, as if racing to please the audience in the least amount of time.
Recognizing and accepting the fact you're being nervous before an important presentation will help you more than trying to fight those anxious feelings. Resistance creates even more angst.
Once you do this, you can slowly shift perspective and try to reframe the situation in a way that favors you.
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