In many presentations, a speaker will start introducing themselves at the beginning and immediately start passing out handouts. The audience then begins reading those handouts during one of the most important parts of the presentation – the part where the speaker sets the tone for the rest of the session. Instead of doing that, pass out handouts only when they are relevant to the material. Then, you can take a moment and pause to let the audience read the material, and you can use that material to reinforce the point you are making at that moment.
Webinars are a popular way to speak with large groups of people while saving time and money. They are often not quite as effective as an in-person session, but the tradeoffs are usually worth it. Here are 12 Tips to make your webinars more effective.
What you think of as nervousness is really just trapped energy… The harsh truth is this: Get over yourself. Forget yourself. The speaker doesn't matter. Your magic happens when you focus on how to get your audience to know something and do something. To feel something…when you stop thinking it's about you, that is when your greatness begins to emerge. It's about the audience getting your content.In "Peak Performance Presentations," Richard Olivier and Nicholas Janni tell us:
Richard's father, Laurence Olivier, was a successful actor for over 50 years. A reporter once asked him, towards the end of his life, when he stopped getting nervous. He replied; "The day I stop getting nervous is the day after I should have stopped!" Being in front of a crowd is not a 'normal" occurrence; it is "special" and requires a special energy. Remember: Presentation is Performance.We use the image of "riding a tiger", with you being the rider and your nerves the tiger. If the nerves have you, it feels like you are being dragged off on a wild animal over whom you have no control, and whom you have good reason to fear. If you stop your nerves altogether it is like watching a tame, doped-up tiger in a circus (claws and teeth removed for safety). But there is no "bite" and no interest. However, if you and the tiger are "in flow" there is an exciting edge that others enjoy watching.
The only reason to feel nervous is to use that adrenaline to speak with more energy. Because presentations aren't about you, the speaker. They're about the audience. Good public speaking begins with respecting the audience. The moment you realize that it's not what you say that counts in the end, but what the audience hears, you will be on the road toward becoming a great speaker. And you'll forget about your own nervousness.
Communication is the process by which shared meaning is created. -- Practically every Communications text book I’ve ever read