Category: Audience Contact

Break Down the Wall: 8 Simple Steps to Connecting with Your Audience

Making a positive connection with your audience may be the most important single element of successful presenting. Yet it seems like many presenters are either unaware of this point, or in the dark about how to go about it. Here are 8 actions you can take to break the audience barrier: #1: Make Yourself Real […]

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Taming the Trauma of the Question-and-Answer Period

“Does anybody have any questions?” For some presenters, these words are the lead-in to the most nerve-wracking part of any presentation. Why? Ordinarily it’s because they aren’t fully prepared; this tends to make them feel reactive and defensive. Fortunately, none of that is necessary – and it’s not even hard to prevent it. That’s a […]

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8 Signs That Your Presentation Will Blow Your Audience Away

All serious presenters have one goal—to create an impact on the audience.  If you’re invited to present and you want to leave a positive impression, keep these 8 key points in mind as you build your presentation. Here they are—the 8 signs that your presentation will blow your audience away:

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9 Presentation Pointers to Keep Your Audience Engaged

Guest post by Mike Kamo “You can see by the chart here that, by purchasing our fantastic widgets, you are going t…” Blink. You’ve lost them. Your sales presentation is over before it started. You’ve got a poor presentation there, my friend. Well, are you ready to get a win at your next sales presentation? Sure, […]

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Got Stage Fright? 3 Mindfulness Tips for Calmer Presentation

The thing is, no matter much you hate (or fear) giving presentations, there are probably times when you just have to do it. Professionals in a variety of job fields routinely give presentations of some sort, whether they’re in business, social work, medicine, or university teaching. Seriously, even poets – you know, the shy, reclusive […]

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Flip-Chart vs. PowerPoint: Add Chart Advantages to Your Ppt

It’s a debate that’s been brewing since PowerPoint was born (around 1987, that is). Is PowerPoint a better presentation tool than the old-fashioned flip chart? The answer to the flip-chart versus PowerPoint question may depend on the audience type and what you’re trying to convey. A flip-chart could be the obvious winner in a small […]

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Why You Should Use Presenter View in PowerPoint 2013

In an important presentation, the very worst thing you can do is overload your PowerPoint slides with text—and then read the slides to the audience. Why would a presenter do this to his or her audience? Usually, it’s based on fear. If you don’t know your material thoroughly inside and out, or if you’re expecting […]

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Everything You’ve Read about “Cool Presentation Ideas” is Wrong

I’m going to make a suggestion – no, a strong recommendation. This is for the good of all humanity. Ready? Here it is: Never type cool presentation ideas into a search engine ever again. Or creative, or quirky, or any other word that stands for “Please save me from the stultifying non-interactive boredom of lecture-style […]

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6 Body Language Mistakes You May Be Making and How to Fix Them

A strong presentation is only as strong as the presenter himself.  A good presentation can be easily ruined by an unconfident presenter, or someone who is saying one thing with their mouth, but something entirely else with their body. Though it is heavily debated on how much of communication is based on non verbal cues, […]

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8 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Audience

Connecting with your audience is probably the most important part of presenting, and it often seems like many presenters do forget about it. Creating this link is all about getting on the same level as the people you’re talking to. By breaking down the barrier that is often present between audience member and presenter, a […]

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