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Professional Presentation Skills (Why you suck at presenting, and why you shouldn't!) Part Three

Here is Part One

Here is Part Two

Part Three

In the last installment I finished with my personal mantra:

So, what do I do?

  • I try to really know my material.
  • Any hesitation is misconstrued as fright.
  • I try to prepare as mch as practicable..
  • Write down the key phrases.
  • Get enough sleep and be alert.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

Let's say you are faced with a situation that prevents the above. It happens.

I believe we can all do ad-lib, spur of the moment speeches and presentations. It does take a bit of understanding but here's my theory.

We are all awful at this.
We are all the best at this.

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Professional Presentation Skills (Why you suck at presenting, and why you shouldn't!) Part Two

Here is Part One

Part Two

I have been teaching Presentation Skills professionally for over 15 years. My courses are about developing and attaining your natural style in front of people. Being yourself. You are quite interesting!

The other courses out there and the organizations like Toastmasters have a different approach. I believe wholeheartedly that if we can learn the techniques that allow us to be ourselves and natural in front of people, and not by learning an "act" or "schtick" or "gimmick", we will be far more believable, confident and successful. And effective!

NERVOUSNESS

Glossophobia
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When people were surveyed about their greatest fears, there was one that surpassed death, spiders, snakes and losing a job. The dreaded fear was speaking in public or 'glossophobia'.

So, guess what? You're not alone at being nervous. I will let you in on a little secret, it is considered a normal reaction we humans have. This is especially true when someone asks that you speak to a group of people, and even more so when you do not know any of them. We all have that tendency to become nervous. I do not care who you are, some are just more nervous than others.

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Why you suck at Presenting

A couple of things have nudged me to start a new series on presenting.

First, was the last three conferences I attended which were abysmal, and second, Jay Dolan's blog The Anti-Social Media. Fun stuff!

So, here is the first installment, of many, on – Professional Presentation Skills. (Why you suck at presenting, and why you shouldn't!) 

Now, some background … I have been teaching my version of Professional Presentation Skills for over 15 years, I have lectured at three Universities and have been honored to have clients like AMEX Global, Bell, Deloitte, TD Bank, Atomic Energy Canada to name a few on the client side, as well as, Interbrand, TAXI, Bimm Communications and numerous other top-ranked agency-side clients. There are also hundreds of keynotes and conference sessions notched on my belt. And it works. It works because people have told me it works. It has gotten them clients, promoted and new jobs. That's good enough for me.

Also in this day and age when everyone blurts out phrases like Usability and User Experience I believe they should practice what they preach. User Experience during your presentations should not end with folks tossing tomatoes at you, or worse … not getting the client!

This presentations thing has been a passion of mine, effective communications more specifically, and because we are doing more and more presentations this is a big part of communications. A bigger part of our jobs.

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