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.
Visuals are proven to improve the results of social media posts.
However if you repeatedly reuse the same promotional visuals across all of your online outlets, you will bore your audience, and perhaps even lose some of your long-term followers if they deem your constant self-promoting updates to be uninteresting and worthless.
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.
The thought of running your first webinar with webinar software can be quite overwhelming. You want to make sure that everything runs smoothly and nothing goes wrong. In case there’s any doubt, it doesn’t look great when a phone starts ringing and your presenter decides to take the call. Yes, this actually happened to me!
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.
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!”
In the beginning of anything that’s new, we tend to apply old paradigms to the new medium. Usually, though, we grow into the new medium, figuring out which ideas work and which need to evolve to meet the unique qualities that the new medium brings.
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.
Don’t let the deafening silence of a disengaged audience derail your presentation.
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.
We all know the symptoms of Death by PowerPoint: badly designed slides, bullet point after bullet point, endless text.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
We know that keeping an audience engaged on a webinar can be tricky at times. So the online events team here at Citrix have put together their top 5 tips for webinar engagement, to help you with your next virtual event.
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).
Have you given up all hope of ever seeing the bottom of your inbox? Have meetings taken over your calendar? Are you unable to get anything done? If you answered yes to these questions, you’re likely a time-crunched manager – and it’s time you had help.
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…
Conventional wisdom has it that the majority of our communication is non-verbal, and just a small fraction of our meaning is conveyed by what we say. Whether this proportion is strictly accurate or not, our non-verbal behaviour is very powerful indeed, because that’s what people most immediately and emotionally respond to.
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?
For many, public speaking is one of the most feared aspects of business. And for some people who don’t like to stand up and deliver presentations, that fear extends to speaking in front of virtual audiences.
In a recent webinar, ‘Presenting with Style and Confidence’, Lynne Copp, director of The Worklife Company shared her top tips and techniques for effective presentations, both face-to-face and virtual.
Here are Lynne’s responses to three of the questions asked during the webinar.
When was the last time you cried?
Properly cried, all snot and spit, like Juliet Stevenson in the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply”?
When was the last time you laughed so hard that people could see your fillings and you made that funny snorting sound?
You can probably remember those moments in some detail. You know who you were with and you know what you were doing.
But can you remember the last time you felt a bit “meh”? Sort of OK, but nothing special?
Emotion helps memory move from short-term to long-term storage, and there’s research that suggests emotional memories are even prioritised in the consolidation process.
Here at Citrix we love a good webinar. We regularly use them as a lead-generation tool because they’re a cost-effective way to share our content with a big audience.
One of the most common questions we are regularly asked is “how do I engage an online audience?”
Your attendees are surrounded by a ton of distractions — emails, instant messenger, social media, phone calls, personal devices, colleagues — so the challenge to keep them watching your webinar is pretty fierce.
You know what it’s like — work can be pretty intense at times. With so many changes in our fast-paced world, keeping up isn’t easy.
Here at Citrix, we have been providing valuable research, reports and best practice guides for many years about the changing workplace, but we haven’t always had the opportunity to truly interact with you in the past. That’s why we wanted a new way to make you part of the conversation — a new way to share our insights on a different way of working.
This blog is our space to discuss how we can work better together. We’ll look at everything from how to prepare an outstanding presentation to how to be even more productive in the little time you have.