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Presentation hot tips for the true professional

1. Know that less is more

We’re constantly being bombarded with information at every turn, so it pays to keep things brief.

2. Keep it relevant

Keep the mood fresh and engaging, invite questions and audience participation, and if you have a longer presentation, incorporate an activity or exercise that gets people involved while driving home a key point.

3. Be enthusiastic

Likeable people keep us interested and engaged and enthusiasm is contagious.

4. Know when to hold ‘em

It is positively baffling how many speakers and presenters don’t know how to simply and effectively use PowerPoint. Used properly, these tools can enhance a presentation, drive home key points and
keep the focus where it belongs; on the speaker. Anything else becomes a distraction that leads to boredom.

5. Meat and potatoes

Be sure to structure your presentation so that it has plenty of Meat (subject matter, new information, useful tips) as well as potatoes ( supporting explanations, demonstrations, hands-on experience designed to reinforce the key points.

6. To thine own self be true

Be authentically you and you will win your audience over every time – even if the “real you” isn’t witty, funny or outgoing. Additionally, when you are being yourself, you will find that presenting becomes easier and more natural, since trying to be anything else can only serve to increase your nervousness.

7. Effective use of humour

Humour should enhance your talk and engage your audience. You don’t have to be the next comedian.

8. Breathe

Take some deep breaths during your presentation – this will help keep your head clear and ensure that you maintain true focus.

How often do you say “no” and mean it?!

You have to learn to say “no”. You can’t always take care of everyone else and if you spend more than half your day on the phone, you’ve got to figure out a way to scale back.

Spending more than 4 hours a day on the phone is taking away from other valuable opportunities. It is literally impossible to be focused 100% on more than one task simultaneously and if your multi-tasking while talking on your phone – someone or something is missing your full attention.

How much time do you spend typing and replying to emails each day? How much of that time is spent on essential emails? By essential I mean emails that are directly related to the execution and completion of the job you do. It is estimated that only 10% to 20% of emails that most people get each day require their attention and are essential to their job. Are you distracted by those Facebook email updates?

One way to reduce this email frenzy is to politely request to your email contacts that you are removed from non-essential bulk emails lists. This can also be applied to your personal email.

How to give powerful presentations – Top 10 tips

  • 1. Prepare, prepare, prepare – well prepared presentations will show your confidence when delivered
  • 2. Practice, practice, practice – be confident in your delivery and the success of your presentation will increase ten fold
  • 3. Everyone gets nervous! Remember nerves produce adrenaline which gives you focus
  • 4. Dress appropriately for your audience – remember first impressions are lasting impressions
  • 5. Begin and end your presentation on time – show that you value your audience’s time
  • 6. Don’t use inappropriate humour
  • 7. Vary your speech tones – monotonous speakers will lose their audience within the first 15 minutes
  • 8. Don’t fall into the trap of information overload – stick to your message
  • 9. Use silence effectively to provoke questions from your audience
  • 10. Remember that your audience has come to see you!

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Does Networking Really Work?

Starting a new business can sometimes leave you feeling lonely and isolated. You have your head down, trying to market yourself without really having any support from co-workers and fellow professionals.

I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to a number of networking events; from free to those where a subscription is required. As you can visit all networking groups as a visitor, you will soon know if the format is right for you and so my best advice is to try as many different forums as you can.

So, what the benefits?

You can share connections, as well as making new connections, create long lasting business relationships, create opportunities and collaborations that you didn’t even know existed and most importantly of all, enjoy the social aspect. It also allows you to share the good and the bad with individuals who have more than likely gone through the same ups and downs.

So next time you are invited to a networking event – say yes!