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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’.
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.
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.
We live in the age of information where people hardly have time to hear themselves think clearly, let alone absorb the plethora of instant communication they are bombarded with.
That presents a significant challenge in itself for most speakers when they are called upon at work to impress their colleagues with that all important presentation. Intelligent, busy people who are working extremely hard to meet deadlines and deliver unreasonable targets often find themselves just striving for survival in the cut and thrust or corporate complexity.
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.
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.
I still remember the very first time I was invited to make a presentation to my senior management team. I couldn’t sleep for days; my mind was filled with dread, and every nerve, cell and fibre of my entire being felt like they were preparing for a major meltdown. I was only in my early twenties, but I believe that even the cuff on a blood pressure monitor would have been trembling.
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.
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!”
I hate boredom. And even more so when it comes in the form of a boring presentation with visually poor slides. That’s just torture.
Pinned to my seat in a packed auditorium, I evaluate my potential escape route. The only thing that holds me back is the embarrassment and awkwardness of trying to slide past eight other people sitting in my row.
Whether you’re running an online meeting, conducting an online training programme, or presenting a webinar, you want your audience to take action after your event. But it’s not enough to simply state the facts and hope they take action. To be truly influential, you have to persuade them to change their current thinking and take the action you want.
We’re getting closer to finding out who will be named this year’s winner of the prestigious partnership with Lord Sugar himself, and we think this might just have been the best season of The Apprentice yet. There’ve been the usual personality clashes, the hilarious soundbites and the fist-bitingly awful gaffes, but that’s precisely what makes the programme such an addictive watch.
The theme for this week’s round-up is giving presentations & public speaking – a topic we discuss a lot on this blog and that is certainly a popular one in general.
From tips to improve your speaking style to ways to make your presentation more engaging, see below for some of the best recent articles on presentations.
If you want to make your presentation more visually appealing — and go beyond the standard Microsoft clip art — there are many online libraries of free and paid images available.
Knowing what you can and can’t use however can sometimes cause confusion, so here are some pointers as well as 15 sources for both paid and free images to help make your next presentation stunning (and legal).
The tenth series of The Apprentice kicked off this week, with the usual array of buzzword bingo, bombastic music and talk of “becoming the next big thing” in business. Despite the artificial context and editing, it’s interesting to see how the candidates tackle a real-life challenge: making a good first impression that sticks (in the right way).
My grandmother has a set number of stories that cycle ‘round like the seasons; lots of grandmothers do it, and I’m glad that, at 92, she’s as prolific as ever.
One of the stories involves a version of “The House That Jack Built” but recited as formally as possible. She’s always said that her father used to recite it to her. It’s called “The Domiciliary Abode Constructed By John,” and it goes something like this…
It happens to you too, doesn’t it? Every time you host a webinar there’s this nagging feeling of doubt. Your mind probes after the echo of each fading word, reading into the menacing silence of the muted audience.
You can’t help but wonder: Is this going well?