5 Useful Tips For Your Next Presentation
1. Certain speakers tend to blink a lot while they speak. It might be a longstanding habit or happens without their knowledge at certain key moments during their speech.
Usually you can delete these blinks from your next speech when you are aware that you are doing it. It's only a video recording and a heightened sense of self awareness that will help you spot these kinds of little things in your body language.
Blinking a lot while you speak to your audience gives the impression that you are nervous or lying. You don't want to come across as a liar or someone who hasn't prepared enough for their speech.
2. If you must make fun of someone during your speech, make sure that someone is you. It's never wise to make someone of anyone else. And please for Heaven's sake do not make fun of your audience.
It's not a Roast of your audience and if it is then it's fine. The audience loves it when you make fun of yourself in a tasteful and appropriate manner. Connect your jokes about yourself directly to your speech topic.
For example, once I purposely went late for a Time Management seminar. When I entered the room, a bunch of angry faces were staring at me. I started off my speech by telling them that I really picked the wrong day to be late, that too when I was speaking on the topic of managing one's time better. They all laughed at this introduction. Things settled down thereafter.
3. It is extremely important to be understood by your audience. Write your speech using simple language. I am repeating this tip a couple of times inside this series because many times what is easily understood by you and me might not be easily understood by our audiences.
That's why I spend many hours on audience analysis. I write my speeches keeping my audience firmly in mind. I must speak in their language, be fully understood by them, and to do so every single time, I must analyze their speaking and listening skills.
By doing so, I become fully aware of the language they speak and the common words they use. This helps me prepare a speech that will be fully and easily understood by every single one of them.
4. Always number your note cards. Also make sure that your note cards contain just a few key points and in a large enough font size so that you can read them from 5 feet away.
Many speakers tend to make the mistake not to write down their note cards in a large font size, few don't number them and then there are some that do the worst thing possible, they don't carry note cards for their speeches.
As an experienced speaker, I always carry note cards to my lectures and presentations, sometimes I even make note cards before I go to a party or similar social outing. It always helps knowing the main points that must be covered through the usage of note cards.
5. Keep the lights bright. Dim lights makes the audience fall asleep. Just a tiny little things like the lighting in the speaking room or area can make or break your speech's effectiveness.
The number 1 reason that I've observed for many stand up comedians not making their audience laugh is not because they aren't funny but due to the dim lighting in most stand up comedy clubs all over the world.
You can't expect people to be fully alert and paying attention to you speak when their brains are telling them to go to sleep. You can create a lively atmosphere n the speaking area with the use of bright lights.
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