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
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
It’s presentation day. You’ve spent weeks researching and writing. You’ve logged nearly countless hours revising and practicing. You’ve chosen the perfect outfit and have arrived in enough time to get the room set up. You hear voices approaching in the hall, and you know it’s almost time. The door … [Read more...] about Knowing the Needs of Your Audience
I’m in the first semester of my doctoral program. There are 6 of us from all over the country who attend class virtually each Monday night. Early in the semester, we lamented about the things we miss due to the online format of our program—those casual moments walking in from the parking lot, … [Read more...] about Ethos: Shaping Your Image When You Aren’t Presenting
For many speakers, the question and answer session that follows the presentation is an afterthought, but it shouldn't be! If handled well, it can drive home what you’ve carefully presented. If handled poorly, though, it can dismantle what you've built. Q & A sessions are like a series of small … [Read more...] about 4 Tips For Handling Q & A
Recently, the Microsoft Corporation conducted research to determine how technology was affecting humans. One of the things they found was that the human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. What does that mean? It means our fight as presenters who aim to captivate our audiences … [Read more...] about May I Have Your Attention, Please?
We butted heads the entire semester. As a professor who prides herself on being both challenging academically and invested relationally, it was a tough situation for me. This student entered my class with all the confidence in the world, assured of her skills in public speaking, so she was floored … [Read more...] about How To Connect With Your Audience
Can you think of the last time you were persuaded? As presenters, we need to get curious about what produces change in people. If we don’t know what motivates an audience, we can’t possibly move them. The father of human motivation is Abraham Maslow. You probably studied his hierarchy of needs in … [Read more...] about How to Move Your Audience