Why Your Audience Needs to See You During a Presentation

A presenter only has a matter of seconds to capture the attention of their audience. Within the first few moments of the presentation, the audience decides whether or not they trust the speaker. With so much at stake, presenters need to make the most of this precious time. If they fail to connect with the…

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Tips for Smiling When You are a Nervous Presenter

Speaking in front of an audience is a daunting task for many people. Your stomach gets queasy, your palms get sweaty, and your heart begins to pound. When these nerves take over, it can become difficult and even awkward to smile. Nonetheless, smiling is a powerful communication tool for presenters. When you smile, the audience…

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How to Use Lighting and Audio Properly During a Presentation

Setting the stage for your presentation might seem like an uncomplicated task compared to creating the content. However, the success of the presentation delivery depends greatly on those sometimes overlooked details like lighting and sound. Those eye catching slides and interesting narrative will lose their impact without the right microphone, lectern, and stage lights. Consider…

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How to Make Eye Contact Without Staring at People in the Audience

Eye contact is single-handedly one of the most powerful ways for speakers to connect with their audience. Proper eye contact is essential in building a rapport with the audience and conveying a sense of trust and authority. Looking at the audience in the eye makes your message more personal and helps persuade the audience to…

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How to Choose an Attention-Grabbing Image for Your First Slide

Presenters have approximately 30 seconds to grab their audience’s attention and motivate them to listen. If you want to deliver a powerful message, these first few seconds are critical. This is your chance to hook the audience and form a strong impression. That said, capturing the attention of the room can be a challenging task…

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Six Tips for Connecting With Your Audience

Whether you are presenting to a large group in an auditorium or speaking at your next team meeting, it’s important to build a connection with your audience. This is a skill that many presenters need to develop. All too often presenters are self-focused out of fear of messing up. They want to do a good…

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How to Show Your Passion Without Seeming Obsessed

  It should come as no surprise that one thing great public speakers have in common is a passion for their topic. Passion is an essential ingredient to a great presentation. Speakers who infuse passion into their presentations are exciting, enthusiastic, and entertaining. That enthusiasm is infectious and entices the audience to want to hear…

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How to Focus on Your Audience

The secret to a good presentation is connecting with the audience. This can be difficult, given that most people aren’t naturally enthusiastic about sitting through a presentation. The problem is that we have all been the victims of a painfully boring presentation at one time or another. That’s because presenters often develop a speaker-focused perspective…

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Four Reasons Why You Need to Keep it Simple When Presenting

There is nothing worse than sitting through a presentation that is too complex, cluttered, and difficult to understand. Many presenters find it difficult to convey their message in a simple, clear manner. All too often their slides are cluttered and packed tight with text, their information sounds like an advanced Calculus course, and their PowerPoint…

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5 Ways to Concentrate on Your Core Message

As a presenter, your main goal is to make sure your audience remembers the main points of your presentation. This is easier said than done, however, if you have several important points to discuss. Too much information can actually leave your audience feeling confused and overwhelmed. That’s why it is so important to craft a…

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