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Do you want to
be more organized, less nervous, and make a memorable connection with
your listeners? Then this book is for you. The first in a series of
four, Jump-Start Your Presentations, will show you how to design
and deliver your message with confidence, conviction, and passion.
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10 P’s of
Powerful presentation considerations such as
Planning, Preparing, and Persuasion are mandatory when you have a career
“make or break” message to deliver. Incorporate the 10 P’s and vault
yourself into the winner’s circle.
Everybody loves a test – especially when
you’re only grading yourself! Here’s a little quiz you can take to
determine your skill as a presenter. Its fun and it will provide you
some great insight into your presentation approach and where you might
need to focus your improvement attention.
Presentation Backwards Makes Sense
The way we have always designed our presentations seems quite logical .
. . we’ve always done it the same way. When preparing a presentation we
first write the introduction, outline three key points, and conclude
with the ending. Well, here’s a strategy that will not only change the
way you organize and prepare your presentation but will provide you with
a remarkable can’t miss formula for success.
Butterflies in your stomach, cold sweaty
palms, dry mouth, weak knees . . . have you ever experienced any of
these symptoms prior to getting up and giving a presentation? Of course
you have. We all have. And some of them we may never be able to get
rid of, but you can manage them effectively. Here are several
creative steps you can take to control nervousness each and every time
you get up to speak.
With Your Audience
You may think connecting with the people you’re speaking to is the
easiest part of your presentation, but if you don’t take specific steps
to connect with your audience then they will never connect with you. You
can forget ever deriving any meaningful results from your message. Here
are some very simple but powerful techniques you must use if you are to
win them over.
“What do I do with these hands?” I’m asked
this question more than any other during my presentation skills
workshops. It’s not necessarily what you do with your hands but the way
you use them to make your presentation more meaningful and memorable.
Achieve an Objective
When your presentation is over, how do you
want people to be different? What do you want them to do? Everything
you’ve said during your presentation hinges on a powerful ending that
provides some sort of call to action for your audience. Read this
chapter to learn how to end with a subtle punch. And get the results you
It’s not who you are or how well you do what
you do that’s important. It is the perception; it is the belief that
your listeners hold in their minds that will cause them to be influenced
by what you say. Failure to understand and address their perception can
derail even the best of presentations.
If you want to be
a better presenter, a better speaker, this is where you start. Now you
can make a difference, get the results you want, while delivering a
message you can be proud of.
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