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Tough Love: How Not to Bore an Audience

Get Ready for Prime Time

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.

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Tough Love: How Not to Bore an Audience

Tough Love: How Not to Bore an Audience

https://www.inc.com/sims-wyeth/public-speaking-10-cures-for-boring-presentation.html

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Key Ideas

Ditch the Slides

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. 

Pack For The Climate Of Your Destination

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.

Begin, Be Brief, Be Seated

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.

Begin With The Pitch

Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. 

Your job at the beginning of a talk is to capture attention and convince your audience that it's in their interest to listen. All's well that begins well.

Ride the Cycle

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.

Make It Stick

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."

Get Ready for Prime Time

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.

You Are The Most Important Visual

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.

Inform Your Face

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.

Frame Your Content

Good content may be necessary for a successful presentation, but it isn't sufficient: it doesn't guarantee success.

You must frame your good content so it holds attention and show up on time, dressed to say what you have to say in a lively, engaging manner.

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  • Welcome humor that happens.
  • Enliven your slides with pictures you have taken of people, product, or locations.
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  • Tell a story to illustrate your points.
  • Format your presentation like a story with a problem and solution.
  • Use slides only as a backup; the audience and you come before the slides.
You don’t care enough about the audience

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 Words and the Design

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.

Lack of Practice

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.

Lesson 1: Practice, practice, practice

Leading up to the big speech at the end of the film, King George and his coach rehearsed over and over again–out loud!

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Lesson 2: Beware of speaker envy

King George likely couldn’t help but feel he would never measure up to the likes of legendary orator Winston Churchill.

Have faith in your voice. The key is to develop one’s own style, also known as your “authentic voice.” That “authentic voice” will connect well with an audience.

Lesson 3: Determination conquers all

King George VI’s success was assured as soon as he made the decision to work hard to become a more effective speaker.

One of the most important keys to improving is simple determination. If you’re serious about improving, you must speak regularly – at least once a week.