Mirroring. It’s the way humans either inadvertently or intentionally copy the communication patterns of the people they are communicating with. You can mirror nonverbal or verbal communication, anything from copying the way someone holds his arms to mimicking someone's speech pitch or patterns. My … [Read more...] about How To Use Mirroring to Connect with Others
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
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
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?
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
The best speakers in the world have varied styles and strategies for presenting, but the vast majority of them to adhere to this rule: give a presentation preview. In other words, tell the audience where you are going. Can you imagine hopping on a boat or in a car with no knowledge of the … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Your Audience Needs a Preview
The art of reading your audience is one that every presenter must learn to master. This simple skill can help you move from good to great in regards to your overall presentation skills, because it allows you to respond to immediate feedback in the moment. On the flip side a presenter who can’t read … [Read more...] about 3 Cues to Watch for when Reading Your Audience