Everyone is fallible … even public speaking superheroes. Sometimes we make mistakes because we don’t know any better. Sometimes because we are tired or jaded. And sometimes because we simply forget. Whether you are giving a lecture, conducting a business meeting or performing a sales presentation, you might want to […]
Category Archives: The Power of Visual Aids
Have you ever wondered, “What did presenters do before there were computers?” Well, I can say this — since I’ve experienced it first hand — they put in a lot more work on their presentations. I remember creating visual aids on a large 3′ x 4′ notepad! Slides on a […]
Every year, SlideShare shares the “zeitgeist” of the uploaded presentations for the previous year. Most of the information is just interesting, but there are sometimes gems that can help you create better slides for your presentations. This is what I’m taking away from the 2011 Zeitgeist presentation. You want to […]
Sometimes you’re not going to be the center of attention. Sometimes your speaking opportunity is to facilitate others in giving their presentations or in experiencing an event. You could facilitate a panel discussion, a meeting or a support group. Being a facilitator is a like being a guide or sherpa. Everyone else is really doing the work, you’re just showing them the path. What follows are some tips for facilitating that will help you do a more effective job.
Before the Event
Get clear on the purpose of the meeting so that you can organize the best flow to accomplish that goal. To do this, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions:
- How much time do you have?
- What outcome should attendees expect by the end of the meeting?
- What options are available to create those outcomes?
- What resources and facilities will you have access to?
Now you can determine which activities can be done given the time and resources, as well as in what order to schedule them.