Most of us know what a good meeting looks, feels and sounds like. We do the prep work, we keep in mind the three principles of successful meetings, and we try not to waste anyone’s time. Unfortunately, most of us also know what a bad meeting looks, feels and sounds like: wayward conversations with no outcome or conclusion, no one keeping track of the time, the same people speaking over and over with the rest checking emails or covertly faffing around on Facebook to kill time.
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We all love to watch a presenter who appears cool, calm and confident. In fact, if a presenter doesn’t seem confident, it is uncomfortable to watch and we will have no confidence in the message they are sharing. But how is it that they are confident in the first place? Here are seven secrets that you can use to become a confident presenter:
Earlier on this year, we announced that GoToMeeting had been redesigned for Windows users. The new design was well-received but our Mac users were left wondering when they too would be able to benefit from a refreshed UI (user interface).
As you’d expect from a self-confessed presentation geek, the walls of my study are lined with a multitude of books dedicated to the topic of presenting. They vary by area of expertise, presentation technologies, design thinking and frankly, quality, yet there is one thing that the vast majority share – an obsession with what I would term ‘formal presentations’.
GoToMeeting has a handy feature to make scheduling, joining and attending video conferences that little bit quicker (actually, a lot quicker). It’s called the personalised meeting room.
Around 75% of us suffer from a fear of public speaking. For some, making a presentation can be ridiculously nerve-racking, to the point where you’d might even consider selling your hair to a wig maker in return for the ability to present just a little bit better.
As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this privilege comes responsibility – a responsibility to ourselves to ensure we don’t kill our credibility, but more importantly, a responsibility to our audience to ensure that our message is relevant and interesting to listen to.
Earlier on this year, we announced that Citrix GoToMeeting was looking sharp following a re-design to make it even simpler and faster to use than ever before. The new design has been well-received and we thought we’d share a few tips to make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your video conferencing software.
For many, public speaking is one of the most feared necessities of business. People don’t like to stand up and deliver a presentation to a group – and for some, that fear extends to speaking in front of a virtual audience.
So many online presentations are boring because presenters deliver long lectures with endless PowerPoint slides and a bit of Q&A at the end.
Whereas with online presentation technology, there are plenty of ways to create an interactive presentation, keep your audience engaged, and achieve your presentation goals.
A study carried out by ROI research found that people are 44% more likely to engage with a brand if an image is involved. On Facebook, a post that includes an album or picture receives 120% to 180% more engagement from fans than a text-based post. According to 3M Corp, our brains process visual content 60,000 times faster than text. Suffice to say, images are often the perfect way to bring a piece of content to life, in order to attract the highest levels of engagement.
Web conferences aren’t always the most natural of situations which can sometimes lead to some common pitfalls and awkwardness, as well as some pretty annoying phrases!
If you’re a regular to web conferencing, you’ve most likely come across some or more of these phrases at some point. Very often the problems arrive when you’re being asked to use an online meeting platform which is unfamiliar to you. I’ve learnt that it certainly pays to be prepared, allowing plenty of time to set-up the technology beforehand, run an audio check, and still be on time for the meeting. Investing in a good quality headset is another ‘must’, if virtual meetings are a regular thing for you.
When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.
A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of using the new GoToMeeting, you have to take a peek at the stunning new design.
Oh yes. GoToMeeting has had a makeover – making it even simpler and faster to use than ever before.
Meetings. They are a necessary part of business life. Sometimes they are wonderful – productive and even enjoyable. But we’ve probably all sat through other types of meetings – the ones that are unproductive, tiresome and agonisingly long. Unfortunately, we all need meetings. We need them for updating people, brainstorming options, exploring and agreeing decisions. We need them with individuals to update each other, to mentor or coach, to chew over a problem, or to support people with their personal development.
Ever sat down at your desk following a long, complicated meeting and looked at either a messy, incomprehensible scrawl of notes or a worryingly blank page where today’s meeting notes should have been? Fear not – many of us struggle for ways to take accurate notes in meetings that both enable us to follow up on our actions afterwards and make sure we and our team are up to speed before the next meeting. So what are some ways we can make sure our note-taking skills get better?
Brainstorming was invented in 1941 by New York advertising executive Alex Osbourne, who found that conventional business meetings were inhibiting the creation of new ideas. He proposed a set of rules that he believed would give people the freedom to think creatively and bypass any inhibitions or tensions. They were:
Welcome to the Citrix Weekly Round-up. Every week we’ll be bringing you a round-up of the latest and best posts shared on social media over the last week, grouped into key themes that affect our day-to-day working lives.
The theme for this week is public speaking. Read on for a selection of stories, tips and advice articles.
Love them or hate them, obsessively organise them or desperately avoid them, meetings are a massive part of working culture. From a quick team catch-up to a full blown brainstorm to the nervousness of a management meeting or client review, taking a group of people into a room often results in a series of personalities rising to the surface. How many of these have you encountered? (Clue: if you haven’t met one, you quite possibly are one!) And how do you use them to your advantage to make the most of the time?
Despite the fast-paced online nature of business these days, presentations are still a cornerstone of communication — be it for an internal meeting, industry conference or pitching to a potential client or investor.
But so often, audiences remember very little from presentations, since they’re commonly seen as a chore and thrown together in a slapdash kind of way with the main consideration being “get everything in!”