Presentation Tactics – Method of Delivery That Will Reach Your Audience

Are you always in a dilemma and wondering whether you will do that presentation and get your audience full attention? This question is asked by many people especially those who are doing a business presentation for the first time. Preparing yourself adequately is the key to avoiding embarrassment.

The first thing that you must do it research thoroughly, the internet is rich with information on various topics that are relevant to your presentation. Also, read books that are related to what you will be presenting. Being well informed makes you gain confidence when doing a presentation.

Human beings are usually reached effectively visually; hence as you are communicating to your audience it is important to prepare visual aids. For example, the use slide show presentation would be most suitable as you explain orally. Therefore, prepare a power point presentation before hand and you can be sure of capturing your audience attention.

During the presentation pose some questions to your audience so as to measure weather they are getting what you are presenting. Also, use convincing and persuading language that the audience can relate to. Though sometimes you may have limited time, it is advisable to set aside a session and allow your audience to ask questions.

If you are a first time presenter then maintaining eye contact with your audience can be quite intimidating, the best thing to do is to look slightly above their heads. This will ensure your words follow systematically and with time you gain confidence and you will be able look at your audience directly.

To be a good presenter takes time and patience, you are bound to fumble now and then but do not panic whenever you make a mistake. Compose yourself and carry on; before you know it you will perfect the art of presentation.

Improve Your Conference Presentation: Deliver on Your Preview

I saw the previews to Up All Night, one of the newer sitcoms on NBC, and thought to myself, “That show looks stupid. I’ll be skipping that one, thank you very much!”

But one night, shortly after it started, I couldn’t find anything else to watch during that particular 30 minute time slot so I grudgingly watched Up All Night. It was actually a much better show than I thought it would be. Now I regularly choose it over other shows.

(Yes, I watch too much television. But I’m at peace with that so don’t judge me!)

More often, my experience has been the exact opposite. I see the previews to a movie or television show, get my hopes up and then I’m terribly disappointed when I see the actual show.

The same can be said of conference presentations.

The Conference Presentation Description Is Your Preview

Many a conference I’ve poured through the conference program, strategically planning which concurrent session I will attend based on the preview provided by the program description. I agonize over my choices, and force myself to make the tough call between two or three sessions that sound equally great.

Far too often, the preview, that great-sounding program description isn’t what was promised when I showed up to the session. I hate when that happens! I am either left disappointed in my choice – or prompted to leave the room in hopes that I can still get a seat in the session I originally chose to skip. Either way, not a good conference-going experience.

Talk about What You Said You Were Going to Talk About!

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 487 times… “Thank you for choosing this session. I know you had so many others to choose from…blah, blah, blah.”

It’s not the way I would choose or recommend to start out a presentation. But it is an important point to remember as you craft your conference presentation. Your audience members chose you! And unless you just have groupies that come to any session you happen to present at (and I know there are those of you who do), then be sure to deliver what you say you’re going to deliver.

But Kelly, I Had a Newer Idea… a Better Idea… a Different Idea… an Idea that Interests Me More

You submitted your program descriptions months before the event. The event organizer chose your program based on that description. Deliver what you promised.

Does that mean you can’t add additional information in to benefit the audience? Maybe. Maybe not.

Ask yourself…

  • Does the additional information create overload for the audience? If yes – leave it out.

  • Does the additional information enhance the promoted content? If yes – add it.

  • Does the adding the extra information mean you won’t have time left to cover the promised content? If yes – leave it out.

  • Does the new content address real time changes going on in the world and the topic today? Does it supersede information you’d planned to present? If yes – then of course you’re going to want to give your audience the best information.

  • Do you want to change the topic focus because you’re bored presenting the same information at yet another conference? If yes – leave out the new topic, deliver a great presentation on what you planned to discuss, then stop delivering that presentation and change jobs.

Your audience members are counting on you. They made a choice to come see you based on the preview in your program description.

The event organizer is counting on you. They chose you as a speaker because of the preview in your program description.

Please. For your audience’s sake. For the event organizer’s sake. And ultimately for your sake if you want to connect with your audience and honor the relationship with the event organizer, deliver what you said you’d deliver. Period.

Make everyone happier knowing they made the right choice in choosing you. And no one will be disappointed based on the preview.

“Presence” Vs “Presents” – How to Have a Creative Holiday Season

It is no coincidence that “presence” and “presents” sound so similar. What do you remember the most from your childhood holidays? The presents? Or was it the time spent in the presence of friends and family, doing things together to celebrate the season?

Radio, television, billboards and yes, even the internet, would have you believe that Christmas is all about the presents. Your worth and success as a parent is determined by how many packages are under the tree Christmas morning. Seems a little silly and sad, doesn’t it?

There are many ways you can cut down on the commercialism of the holidays and get back to what really matters – creating memories and spending time together as a family. Here are some ideas for having a less commercial Christmas season.

Plan Ahead:

The easiest way to have a memory-filled holiday season is figuring out what you want. What is important to your family? Do some research and pre-planning and figure out the big things. Will you be going anywhere for Christmas? Do you have commitments or traditions you need to plan for? Do you have family downtime built into your schedule? What activities and events are going on that your family would like to experience?

Next, have a family brainstorming session and include all your family- even the little ones can give you their input! Discuss different options for family activities and make sure you include something for everyone. Create a calendar together and put it in a prominent place. This will allow you to see what is going on next and will provide you with a reminder that you have things that are important to your family scheduled and it will make it easier to say no to things that do not fit with your family’s holiday plan.

Embrace the Commercialism:

There is no escaping the commercialism of the holidays. I saw my first commercial for Christmas-colored cereal on TV at around 10:40 pm, October 31; that’s one thousand, two hundred ninety-seven hours and twenty minutes before Christmas, or seven hundred twenty-one hours and twenty minutes before December. Your family would have to go on a complete media fast to avoid overexposure of holiday commercialism, and while that’s not a bad idea, you can also turn commercialism into a learning tool.

Even very young children can pick out holiday advertisements. It is never to early to discuss media and their messages with kids.

When you see or hear an advertisement, examine it with your child. What product are they marketing? What words do they use to make it sound really neat? What makes this product or version of the product different than normal? How much use or fun would you get out of a product like this? How much allowance would you have to say to get this product? Would having this product make you happy?

Children may not notice many of the marketing messages they are exposed to, but these messages can still influence them. Why not control HOW it influences them instead of leaving it to chance?

Every time your child sees or hears an advertisement, get them to point it out and keep score. This number will climb frighteningly fast. Decide to cut the commercialism by giving back. For every advertisement your child can spot and discuss with you, donate 10 cents (or whatever amount you like) to your family’s charity of choice, or put 10 cents away to help buy creative activity supplies. This exercise allows for lots of education and a chance to bond with your kids over the very advertisements that are promoting consumerism and commercialism.

Advent Activity Time:

Many families have an advent calendar for Christmas. Most of these are commercially-made cardboard calendars that contain rather bad chocolate. It doesn’t have to be this way! You can start an Advent Calendar tradition that will create great memories very easily.

One way to do this is to create advent calendar coupons – one for each child for each day of the month of December. These should include quality time coupons. Some might have to be redeemed that day, or others can be kept and redeemed whenever the child wants. These could be for things like playing a family game together, a day trip to volunteer at a local charity or a visit to a museum or other worthy ways to spend a day, one extra bedtime story, a special “date” night with each parent, making a favorite treat together, etc. You can give these coupons each day by themselves or with a single wrapped candy or piece of chocolate. You could mix lists of things you love about your child, or admire about them with the coupons. Each child is unique and it is important to let them know you see it!

By having a plan and identifying what is important to your family, you have the opportunity to create lots of memories and new traditions while giving your kids the best present possible: being present in the moment and enjoying the holidays together.