Public Speaking & Business Presentations – Feel and Share Your Passion For Self, Subject & Audience

Among the qualities great communicators personify, whether in public speaking or in business presentations, are passion, sincerity, confidence, humility and credibility. Your ability to effectively persuade an audience, will directly correspond with the level to which you personify these qualities.

Of course, great presentation skills require that you first are knowledgeable about your subject of discussion as well as articulate in your presentation of this subject.

To be a great public speaker, first inhabit and own knowledge and passion about yourself. I don’t mean this in a vain or narcissistic way, but in an organic, appreciative way. We are most taken and moved by people who truly know themselves, believe in themselves and have a passionate position about an important subject that they need to share with us.

But as a great public speaker or business presentations expert, your self-appreciation should be balanced with an even greater dose of humility and appreciation for others, your audience in particular.

Next, as a great public speaker, be passionate and knowledgeable about your message. Not just the subject of your message, but your personal perspective on your message. Audiences don’t want overly opinionated speakers, but they do want to hear your perspective, expertise and passion.

Once you begin your speech, your passion, focus and intent is on the audience and your need to reach and move them with your important message. This is the most important of public speaking and presentation skills. The ability to connect with your audience visually, intellectually and emotionally.

It’s important to reiterate that kind of self-knowledge and self-enthusiasm that you, as a great public speaker, want to personify is not the egotistic, self-centeredness we find in self-absorbed people. The effective public speaking pro wants humanistic self-awareness, as well as other-people awareness.

In public speaking and in business presentations, inhabit and express enthusiasm and joy to be alive and part of the interconnected whole of being in general, and a part of this group you speak with in particular. This includes an awareness and appreciation that the people you seek to motivate are an equal part of this greater beingness of humanity and that everyone benefits from your message.

In public speaking, business presentations or any other kind of presentation, your audience will buy your message based on emotion. We are all persuaded most by our feelings, not by our intellect.

You want to reach into people’s lives and minds, but most of all, their hearts and souls, and let them know that you understand their pain, their joy, their fear, their needs; that you too have been or are there or at least you understand and that you have knowledge, tools, information and inspiration that can support them in their mission to emerge victorious. You have the genuine concern, understanding and sympathy regarding their needs and life experience and you have tools that will fill the gap between where they are now and where they want to be in life.

To gain the confidence of your audience and their commitment to act on your message, you must inhabit passion (for your subject of discussion in particular), sincerity, confidence, humility and credibility.

Presentation skills can be learned. Few of us are born speakers. With commitment and practice, you can become a brilliant public speaker or presentation expert and rock your business and income.

Perfect PowerPoint Presentations on Your Mobile or Tablet

If you’ve ever had to give a PowerPoint presentation away from your office, you’ll know that it usually involves dragging a laptop along for the ride, or keeping your fingers crossed that the hardware in place is compatible with your memory stick or version of PowerPoint. With the increasing popularity of smart phones and tablets, how feasible is it to use one of these devices for that all important presentation? There are now various adapters and software applications that promise to make this a reality, so what options are available?

The best strategy for giving a PowerPoint presentation from your mobile or tablet is to create the presentation on a PC or Mac using Microsoft PowerPoint, then use specific viewing software from your mobile device when giving the presentation. You can prepare the slides as normal using your PC or Mac, add as many new slides as required, populating them with text and images where necessary, save your presentation when complete.

Gather together the hardware parts that you’ll need, this will include your mobile or tablet along with any cables and adapters that are required. Most projectors tend to have two types of ports, a digital HDMI or analogue VGA, or possibly both. Newer projectors will probably have both, but older machines are likely to have only a VGA type connection. If you’re giving a presentation away from your home base, make sure you check what type of connection you will need. Apple can supply proprietary adapters for their devices, cables are non- proprietary but may still be required. Android phones and tablets vary, but many come equipped with a mini HDMI adapter which with the correct cable will plug straight in to a HDMI projector port.

The next thing you’ll need to do is install a PowerPoint viewing app on your device. There are a number of different apps depending on your requirements and platform. Quickoffice Pro offer an app for both Apple OS and Android devices. Slide Shark is another app specifically for viewing PowerPoint presentations, it’s currently only available for Apple OS although an Android version is planned.

Once you have found a suitable app for viewing, you will need to load your file onto the mobile device. There are various ways to achieve this, emailing yourself or using flash memory card to copy (if you have one) are popular methods. Alternatively you could use a cloud based solution such as Dropbox or Google Drive, some viewer apps may have the option to upload to an online account.

Now that everything is in place, be sure to test and verify that everything is working as it should. You can connect to a computer monitor to test a VGA connection, or a modern TV will usually allow you to test a HDMI setup. Open your PowerPoint file and press play within your presentation application and away you go.

Next time you have to give a presentation, especially if it involves travelling some distance, consider whether you actually need to bring your laptop, with the right connectors and software you could give a full sized presentation from a smaller portable device.

Presentations That Sell – Seven Fatal Flaws and How to Fix Them, Part 3

You are serious about sales and you want to be the poster child for saying it right–so you can repeat your successes and avoid the failures.

Here’s the problem. As technology becomes increasingly complex and every desk becomes a wireless hub, a printing press, a research library and a record archive, it is clear that machines are getting better and better at communicating with each other and people . . . are not.

We now have broader bandwidth, instant connections and wireless access–and nobody talks. We have telecommuting, teleconferencing and automated messaging–and nobody responds. Most PowerPoint presentations are better than Thorazine for putting an audience to sleep and most presenters are a pale imitation of R2D2 whose delivery style could be described as practically giddy by comparison.

It’s time to get real, time to put people back in business, to make person to person connections–the heart of the sales process. So what can you do to make your presentations come alive? Eliminate the third fatal flaw.

You deliver “professionally”.

Hands serenely at your sides or carefully clasped like a member of the choir, you begin with the tried and trite, “Hello. My name is (fill in the blank) from (fill in the blank). Thank you for inviting us to present our (fill in the blank). We’re very excited to be here today representing (fill in the blank) and we have a very exciting presentation to show you. But before I begin, I’d like to introduce my team. This is (fill in the blank) from (fill in the blank). This is (fill in the blank) from (fill in the blank).”

You may think you look professional when in fact, you simply look weird. You may think you sound like a pro when we all understand intuitively that professional speakers are warm, animated and engaging. And if you think anyone in your audience will remember a single name you have recited, you are sadly mistaken.

A brilliant presentation is one that feels to your listeners like a conversation among friends. When friends talk to each other, they look friendly. Real people move easily. They smile often. They tell stories to illustrate important points and they punctuate words with gestures and real, human expression.

If you are presenting “professionally” it’s time to free yourself to be yourself. Be real when you present and your audience will respond with real pleasure. They’ll have found a “friend in the business” which means they will like you. When they like you, you win–because we all know that people buy from people they like.