Share this article:
Top Ten Rules for Effective Presentations
I am of the belief that the majority of people can improve their presentations dramatically by focusing on eliminating bad habits. How often have you come out of a seminar and overheard someone say, "Wow, she was great! Did you see how effectively she used her hand gestures?"
That said, here are some ideas to help you become a better speaker. To get my FREE checklist for speaking, just visit our website at www.madeforsuccess.com
- Keep it simple
- Speak naturally
- Make eye contact
- Don't do crazy things with your hands
- Don't do much more than speak, i.e. managing props etc.
- Be impassioned
- Balance the format of your information
- Build the relationships beforehand if possible
- Get the audience to participate at varying levels if effective
- Show, don't tell. That is, use stories, not facts and figures
- Get rid of distracting idiosyncrasies
- Don't misinterpret people's actions and get discouraged
- Know your material
- Never, ever, go overtime
- Chris Widener
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success and Extraordinary Leaders. His brand new book is now available: Live the Life You Have Always Dreamed Of - and you can get it at www.madeforsuccess.com Get Chris' FREE weekly Made for Success Ezine by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 2003 Made for Success. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.