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Three reasons your presentations suck

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.

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Three reasons your presentations suck

Three reasons your presentations suck

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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.

Care about the audience, creating messages and stories that resonate with them and inspire them.

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.

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A TED Talk is 18 minutes long
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  • Arrange your message onto the 9-up format: same size as sticky notes, until you are happy with the flow.
  • Solicit feedback from effective presenters that you trust to give honest, unfiltered feedback on your narrative and slides.
  • Rehearse with a great (honest) communicator that is not afraid to speak up.
  • Articulate each point clearly.
  • Practice with a clock counting up the minutes, to know how much you're over. Then trim it down.
  • Once you're within the timeframe, practice with a clock counting down. Know where you should be at 6, 12 and 18 minutes.
  • Let your coach jot down what you say well and what you don’t.
  • Don’t be camera shy. Practice by videotaping yourself.
  • Do one more full timed rehearsal right before you walk on stage.
  • Pick two natural places you could stop in your talk, then demarcate those as possible endings.
Steve Jobs' presentation style
  • A "Tweet-friendly headline" that summarises the product you're presenting: e.g.: "iPod: One thousand songs in your pocket."
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Tweet-friendly headlines

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."

Tailor to the audience

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,

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.

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.

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The Data Scientist presentation style

The Data Scientist uses data, analytics, facts, and figures to make his point and persuade the audience. 

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The Storyteller presentation style

The Storyteller can tap emotions and weave a persuasive narrative.

An audience may not remember every single data point or statistic, but they will remember a great story or emotional connection.

Pros: Focused on making an emotional connection with the audience.

Cons: Not suitable for audiences that just want a factual answer to a simple question.

The Closer presentation style

The Closer jumps into a presentation, cuts right to the chase, delivers the bottom line and skips all the boring stuff.

It sees the end goal and goes right for it. 

Pros: reduces a presentation to its esssence.

Cons: may be perceived as too harsh or abrupt.

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Stories connect us. Stories stimulate and engage the human brain.

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When you speak about an idea or process to your audience, you know exactly what you're talking about. But the audience doesn't. 

These concepts can be very abstract without concrete examples to illustrate. Give them examples, and you'll keep their attention.

Ask effective questions
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Epiphanies

When you deliver a talk, your audience wants to learn something compelling enough to move them into action.

For this reason, place four to six anchor points throughout the talk that is insightful and compelling. Even common knowledge can be turned into an epiphany if emphasized uniquely or applied to the audience's specific circumstance.

A transformation

People want to change something because of you.

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  • How they can start the change

As yourself "What's the first step the audience can take to begin the transformation I'm focussing on?"

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The TED-Style Talk
The TED-Style Talk
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Not Editing Your Work
Not Editing Your Work

Spelling, tone and grammatical mistakes can make you look careless.

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Delivering Bad News by Email

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Avoiding Difficult Conversations

It's tempting to try to avoid difficult conversations, but this can cause further problems.

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