Giving a presentation is hard work. You gather information about the event. You research your topic. You write and revise material. You develop powerful visuals. You try on multiple outfits before you find the perfect one. You practice for hours and hours to get it just right. You arrive early to … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Reduce the Burden on Your Audience
“A listener is persuaded if he likes what you promise, fears what you threaten, hates what you censure . . . and so on in regard to whatever else in the way of moving the hearts of an audience is possible through powerful eloquence, not that they may know what they must do, but that they may do what … [Read more...] about A Better Way to Persuade
Some statistics say approximately 75% of the population suffers from presentation anxiety. Other studies show that number closer to 28%. While the statistics may vary, there is no doubt that the fear of public speaking is very real for a lot of people. The truth is, we may never completely get rid … [Read more...] about How To Reframe Your Fear of Public Speaking
Asking someone “What kind of notes should I speak from?” is like asking someone else to buy shoes for you. Speaker's notes are ultimately a matter of fit and comfort. Notes must be adapted to each speaker's personal preference and speaking style. The following tips can help you take your notes, and … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Using Speaker’s Notes
Feedback is part of the communication process. Whenever you present, you will receive feedback from your audience. It may come as a formal evaluation following your presentation or in casual conversation with audience members after your message. It might be a written rubric or a note of thanks. It … [Read more...] about Receiving Feedback
What if I completely blank out during my presentation? This is understandably one of the most common fears associated with presentation anxiety. No one enjoys standing in front of an audience only to have his or her brain freeze up. But why exactly does this phenomenon happen, and what should you do … [Read more...] about What If I Blank Out While Presenting?
Like the Hatfields and the McCoys, many people in the presentation world have been feuding for years. The debate? What to do about presentation handouts. One side says they are helpful to the audience, while the other side says they are distracting. Let’s dig a little deeper into the debate … [Read more...] about The Debate Over Presentation Handouts
We have many books that tell us exactly how to cite sources when writing. We can use an MLA or APA stylebook to put together that dreaded “works cited” list. But when it comes to speaking, things get a little muddy. Below are a few guidelines we can use to clear things up and give proper credit to … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Citing Sources in a Presentation