You’ve probably heard that one of the most important elements of a successful presentation is the ability to reel the audience in from the outset, and make them want to listen. But how exactly do you do that? Here are a few tips.
There is no question that your ability to communicate confidently and authoritatively is critical to your career success. Here are some tips to make your presentations more effective.
It’s important to keep in mind what you want your audience to be thinking, feeling, and doing. For example, what is the particular action you want your team to take as a result of the presentation?
One of my most memorable professors at the University of Cape Town’s drama school was the formidable Mavis Taylor. Like a character out of a Dickens novel, Professor Taylor seemed ancient to me at the time, with limp, long, blonde hair and an equally long face which showed little or no sign of emotion, ever.
Mavis spoke sparingly, and with a direct gaze that seemed to look right through you.
For many of us, synonymous with the start of a New Year are resolutions. I once spoke to Dr. Eric Plasker, Health & Wellness expert, and author of The 100 Year Lifestyle, for a CNN Sunday interview on this very subject.“New Year has come and gone, and every year the same thing happens. You make resolutions, and within a few weeks, it’s all gone – the enthusiasm and the hope… Once again,
We hear so much about the importance of having a personal brand, but what does that really mean? Put simply, your brand is your reputation, which is the culmination of almost everything you have ever done and said. As Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says, “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”
The reality is, you already have a reputation and you are being “branded” whether you are consciously involved in the process or not.
Nadia speaks to the GCPA about persuasion and influence.
One of the most liberating things that I emphasize in my Presentation Skills programs is that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be an effective speaker. You just have to be the best possible version of yourself.
I always remind people that nobody views you with the microscopic lens with which you view yourself.