In this insightful presentation, Jeff Davidson discusses how to persuasively impact audiences, in meetings large and small.
To diminish the "fear of public speaking" he'll focus on the basics of effective public speaking, and then include advanced topics such as how to avoid excessive perspiration while speaking, and what to do if you "blank out" in mid-presentation.
He'll cover such topics as:
Why should you Attend:
- Reinforcing what you say to an audience with participant packets, formally known as handouts. They could be distributed before, during, or after your presentation, based on your method of delivery, how you want audience members to interact, and what you want them to retain. Opt for a shorter, rather than a longer, participant packet. Lengthy packets may overwhelm audience members.
- Shortening your lists. Rather than give them a list of ten things to consider, give only five. People are exceedingly busy these days, and having five, or even three, things to do is much more palatable than ten.
- Spoon feeding your audience at every opportunity. The old saying, "tell them what you are going to tell them; tell them; and then tell them what you told them" has never been more important. However, you need to do this in a creative way.
- Mixing your brilliant high-content how-to information with some stories and anecdotes. There is nothing worse than listening to a brilliant speaker who overloads the audience with observations and insight, facts and data, but doesn't break up the material with stories. These stories give listeners a visual picture.
- Recognizing the listeners' pain throughout your presentation. If they are in customer service, acknowledge the kinds of ordeals that they experience on a daily basis. If they are in sales, find out the burning issues that confront them, and keep acknowledging them throughout your presentation. Nothing will endear you to your audience faster and help maintain that precious relationship more than a keen display of your knowledge of their hardships and predicaments.
As your progress in your career, don't be surprised if you're asked to give more and more presentations. Fortunately, there are many ways to successfully deliver a presentation, but many more to fail at it.
Three common mistakes, for example, that speakers make include:
Not Understanding the Assignment
Before ever leaving your own office, it is critical to understand why you have been scheduled to speak to this group at this time. Such understanding necessitates that you read about the organization, get information about the audience's current challenges and hot buttons, and learn what the meeting planner has in mind for the presentation. Five-minute conversations over the phone don't tend to supply you with all you need to know in that area.
The people in the seats desire to hear things that directly relate to the professional and personal challenges they face. Or, they want to hear about issues of universal importance, i.e. affecting their communities, state, nation, or the planet. The only way to come armed with the proper information about the scenario and setting is to spend at least an hour researching the group and the situation.
Failing to Know Your Audience
Beyond understanding the setting and why you are invited to speak, knowing the audience is itself an art and a science.
- Who are they?
- What is their age range?
- What is their educational background?
- How long have they been with the organization?
- What is this particular meeting designed to do?
Probe even further. How far have they come? Do they know each other or are they assembling for the first time? What will they hear before and after the presentation? What did they hear last year or at a similar meeting? How would they like to feel and what would they like to "get" as a result of your presentation-when they leave the room, how will they be changed?
Unless you find answers to these types of questions, and there isn't much more that you could know, don't accept the presentation. Without this information, your presentation may hit the mark if you are incredibly lucky, but chances are that you will simply dance around the periphery of what you need to do and say to be successful.
Not Arriving With Sufficient Clearance Time
Whether your presentation is across the world, across the country, or across town, increase your probability of success by arriving in plenty of time. This may require coming in the night before you're scheduled to present.
When you arrive early, you gain a considerable advantage which can often be the make-or-break factor in the success of your presentation.
You get to settle in, calm down, check out the facilities, walk the room, talk to people, check out equipment, and arrange things. In doing so, you give yourself the edge over the speaker who arrives "just in time."
Areas Covered in the Session:
Who Will Benefit:
- Some of the fastest ways to quickly get better at public speaking
- How to organize your notes for smooth delivery
- Why "knowing your audience" plays a big part in being effective
- How to pace yourself so that your delivery well-received
- Ensuring that your content is fresh
- Managers, and Executives
- New Recruits
- Team Leaders
- Tram Managers
- Team Sponsors
- Project Staff
- Project Manager
- Project Directors
Jeff Davidson, the Work Life Balance Expert®, can move an audience like few others. He offers dynamic learning keynotes and seminar presentations. He combines outstanding content with humor, flair, and inspiration to help listeners manage information and communication overload. Jeff supercharges his audiences to master their to-do lists, manage interruptions, and take action.
Frequently quoted or featured in USA Today, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times; in Fortune, Forbes, and Businessweek; and on 175 talk shows, more than 2,316,000 people have found Jeff’s award-winning books (cumulatively selected by book clubs 41 times), audio-books, videos, keynote presentations, and executive seminars to be enlightening, entertaining, and transformational.
Jeff’s ground-breaking book, Breathing Space, reveals how to avoid racing the clock and gain more control over each day. His Amazon Kindle #1 best-selling book, Simpler Living, with a foreword by Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul, is the definitive work on simpler living, offering nearly 2000 tips arranged by every aspect of life! His first gift book Dial it Down, Live it Up sells all over the world.