Designing a presentation starts with the creative process, which can be messy. PowerPoint is tidy, but should only come in later when preparing a presentation. I love PowerPoint. Maybe you do too? Remember, however, that PowerPoint is a visual aid.
If you haven’t heard the story of how I launched my speaking career, here’s a snapshot. Read below or enjoy this brief video, recorded at one of my events for speakers, coaches, consultants, and trainers:
Tell me what you say you want. Show me one week of your life and I will tell you if you will get it. The start of a new year is naturally a time to challenge everything you do, expand your thinking, refocus your efforts, and rededicate yourself to your future. If you haven’t done this already this year, why not do it today? Adopt these five practices to reach your career goals:
5 Ways to Get The Professional Life You Want
1. Take advantage of every opportunity.
Before I became a Hall of Fame keynote speaker and in-demand executive speech coach, I started my career as a15-year-old shampoo girl at the Carlton Hotel in England. As I said on 60 Minutes, “I used to work on the outside of peoples’ heads, now I work on the inside, so there’s only half an inch difference.” How did I do it? By preparing for, noticing, and seizing every chance that came my way. Continue reading
Close your presentation with words that support your message and maximize your impact. Never end by announcing, “We’re out of time,” even if you are. Never end by thanking the audience for being there. Never assume you can “just wing it.” Plan, script, and rehearse exactly how you will close your presentation. Here are six examples of how to close a presentation with power:
Six Ways to Close Your Presentation
1.) Ask a rhetorical question.
Ask your audience a rhetorical question based on your premise. The question, “How do we perfect our presentation skills?” would be one way to close a presentation about presentation skills. A rhetorical question will help your audience focus in again on your central theme. Continue reading
At every stage of your career, when you open your mouth you sell yourself, your ideas, your value, and your ability. Fortunately, even if you’re not a born communicator, the ability to deliver a powerful presentation can be learned. I share this story about one intelligent and ambitious MBA:
Mary might have been the smartest in her class, but public speaking wasn’t part of her MBA program. Even with extensive planning and preparation she made some very common mistakes. These mistakes bored, and ultimately lost, her audience. When you learn the right way to prepare a presentation you will actually save yourself time. You will deliver your presentation knowing that your words will not bore your audience, but will hold their attention and get your message heard.
When you improve your public speaking and presentation skills, you increase your confidence and gain a valuable tool in furthering your career goals. If you avoid public speaking at the high cost of your success, why not get the training you need to speak confidently in public? Continue reading
Q: What is the secret of delivering a good presentation?
A: The audience is interested.
Q: How do I know that they will be?
A: If it is interesting, entertaining, and your audience can see themselves in your presentations… your audience will be interested.
Therefore, ask yourself these three questions:
- Who is my audience?
- What is their interest in my subject?
- If they embrace my subject what is the result to them?
In other words, we are often “selling” the result of what we are addressing in our presentation, not the presentation itself. I share more on capturing your audience’s interest in this brief video:
Imagine a community dedicated to improving presentation skills… Powerful Presentations and Successful Sales with Patricia Fripp is my new Facebook Group. After just a few weeks together, we are already enjoying a lively exchange of strategies, techniques, and best approaches to public speaking and presentations.
Members are posting videos of their own presentation openings to our group competition. I’m reviewing all submissions and will select three winners to receive a one-hour coaching session with an elite and in-demand Executive Speech Coach – that’s me! Why not join and enter too? Become a part of my Facebook community. Together, we’ll perfect our presentation skills with others who understand the competitive edge and life-long value that comes from great communication and speaking skills: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PatriciaFripp/
If you’re already a group member sharing your videos and thoughts, thank you for taking part and helping to create our exciting new community, Powerful Presentations and Successful Sales with Patricia Fripp!