Be a boy scout…

The “Be Prepared” motto has been used by the boy scouts for over 100 years. Being prepared means being in a state of readiness to do your duty; it’s about making the necessary preparations to handle situations that will or could occur. As a presenter you need to be prepared to deal with a variety of situations that can throw you off or cause the audience to disengage from your presentation. This can dilute the message you are trying to get across. I’d like to share some of my experiences about what can go wrong, and how to be better prepared. Technical problems If you are presenting at a conference, make… Read More

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Connect with the audience … Knowing me, Knowing you

I went to an ABBA tribute band performance a couple of weeks ago.  They were theatrically and musically very good, however for the first half of the concert they did not connect with the audience.  For me this was puzzling; ABBA songs are upbeat and popular.  But the applause was only polite, there was no clapping, people did not sing/dance along when invited, and it actually became uncomfortable.  As I thought about what they were doing/ not doing to cause this disconnect, I realized that these are the same things that apply to presenting. From a physical perspective the singers were mostly at the back on the stage, even though… Read More

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When they lose their buzz…

Is it time to think outside the box and retire some buzzwords (or buzz phrases) from your presentations?  Read this quote and see what you think: “It’s not exactly rocket science or brain surgery to figure out that they are not the cream of the crop when it comes to language. But perhaps at the end of the day we’ll find that we won’t have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, we’ll push the envelope and have our fingers in every pie.”    www.conversationmatters.com Buzzwords lose their “buzz” over time and become ambiguous worn out clichés. Simple words lead to clear communication and make you sound human, and fresh. This is also mentioned… Read More

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