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Your body movement during your presentation has the ability to strengthen the impact of your message … or it can be a serious distraction.
One of your goals as a speaker is to look so natural with your movements and with what you say that no one even notices that you are using intonation and inflection or body movement as a means of emphasizing the points of your speech.
So, what kinds of mannerisms are distracting?
One of the most common reasons people fear public speaking is that they blank out and forget their entire speech. I remember when I was competing on the speech team in high school, I did a speech on memory. In the middle of the speech during the competition, I blanked out and ended up saying something stupid like, “And it does this [blanked out, paused] for many reasons.”
Sometimes it feels like you can practice and practice and practice and when the moment comes that you need to remember your presentation, everything goes blank!
However, there are ways that you can fool proof your message so that the parts you actually have to memorize are minimal. You do this by incorporating triggers into your presentation. These triggers can be things like power point slides, props, and stories that you scatter throughout your speech.
What the triggers do is prompt you to talk about the next point in your presentation. The triggers also serve as a spring board for helping you remember what to say next. There are four primary ways to remember your presentation.
The real success of every presentation is leaving your audience with something of value. What do they get out of spending time listening to your presentation?
Many people believe that they need natural brilliance in speaking and presenting well. They believe that they need to be polished, smart, witty and charming all before they actually start to build a speech. Those attributes can come naturally, but most often, they come as a result of passion, knowledge and practice.
One of the most important factors in a successful presentation is serving the needs of your audience.
Going back to the idea that you need to leave your audience with something of value, caring for your audience’s needs doesn’t require perfection.
You can make mistakes during your speech and it’s going to be okay.
As a professional speaker, everything you do the minute you walk into the room sets the tone for your message. Without even speaking one word, you can determine just how many people you will reach because their engagement with your message depends on you; not on them. You can have a great topic and great presentation skills, but if you are not able to communicate the passion you have about your topic, none of it really matters.
Expect the Best
Go before your audience expecting to make an impact. People aren’t interested in what you know. They want your information for themselves and passion is the “grease” that lubricates that passage of information.
- Do you expect your audience to receive what you have to say?
- Do you communicate that you’re excited to be there and you’re excited that they are there as well?
Be Mindful of Your Audience
This is the fifth and final post in a series of five posts about classical techniques of rhetoric used by famed orators such as Socrates, Plato and Cicero. If you missed any in the series, you can find links near the end of this post.
O.K. The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Peroratio or final appeal. This is where you make your last stand and close out your presentation.
The key ingredients to a good Peroratio are:
- The strongest and most eloquent arguments in support of your topic,
- Just enough emotion to evoke a response in your audience,
- A call to action.
Here are some examples:
This is the fourth in a series of five posts about classical techniques of rhetoric used by famed orators such as Socrates, Plato and Cicero. If you missed any in the series, you can find links near the end of this post.
Now you must go through what the classical Greek and Roman orators called the Refutatio. This is the part of your presentation where you address counter arguments, doubts and concerns.