I have been giving presentations in front of audiences for over 15 years. During this time, I have experimented with a variety of presentation remotes. Some of them have been great while several others have left a lot to be desired. My actual personal favorite is the Logitech R800 which I’ll cover in the another video. So, when Logitech released their Spotlight a few years ago, I was eager to try it out.
If you don’t want to read the rest of this post, I’ll share the headline with you now. I’m neutral with it. I don’t love it, and I don’t hate it which means it is not my go-to choice for a presentation remote. There are several reasons why I feel this way and I’ll share them with you now.
One of the astounding features of this clicker is that it does come in a very small footprint. The remote fits nicely in your hands and I love the slim and compact feel of it. It feels like a quality product and almost an extension of your current...
I have worked in the presentation and public speaking industry for over 15 years now and people often ask me what makes a great presentation. My response is typical:
"You need to be a great storyteller or make sure you keep your message simple."
"Don't forget to practice your talk 7-8 times before you get in front of the room."
"Make sure you have a compelling call-to-action when concluding your talk."
These are solid suggestions and recommendations I still stand by but I actually never thought about simplifying the material with a simple analogy or illustration. Granted, I have systems and blueprints I have created for my company, Ethos3. But, I have yet to create a workable and impactful analogy until today.
A presentation can best be described as a ship. All parts of the vessel are essential to get you to your destination. I'll explain in more detail below.
What you choose to include in your ship is your content. The updates, data, significant findings - all...
Trust. We desire it in all of our relationships whether it is our spouse, parent, or best friend. Why should presentation environments be any different? The best presenters know how to build and maintain trust with their audience. They establish it in the beginning, hold it throughout their talk, and finish with it.
Are you curious how you can create and maintain trust? I've got six recommendations for you.
Presentations that are built on trust add value. Plain and simple. The speaker has the intentional goal to improve the lives of their audience. The lift them up, and they empower them with information they did not before the session.
The question to ask yourself: "Am I adding value?"
We live in a very Google-centric society where anyone can find anything they are looking for at any given time. So, you have two main challenges: 1. Is your information accurate? and more importantly, 2. Does the information you are providing help with the business decision...
The new normal is here and so you may find yourself challenged by the prospect of having to give another virtual presentation. Presentations are challenging enough and then to stack on the difficulty of presenting in place dependent on your computer, your webcam, your office lighting, it can be become a complete headache.
I've been there and I feel your pain. The purpose of this post is to help eliminate those anxieties and frustrations so I want to offer 5 tips for your next virtual presentation from a technical standpoint.
The first point worth addressing is audio for your virtual presentation. You may have a terrible webcam, a slow computer, and maybe even bad lighting and that is all par for the course. But, if you can at a bare minimum capture great audio you should be in great shape for a majority of virtual presentation scenarios.
As you explore your options, there are several microphone options including cardioid, omnidirectional, and shotgun. In a nutshell,...
The best presenters respect their audiences. They showcase this level of respect by understanding one critical element: cognitive load theory. What is it?
Cognitive load theory (CLT) implies that our brains can only retain so much information. In other words, our working memory is limited and our brains do have a certain ceiling when presented with new information. The human brain need to time to digest and sort through the new material and when maxed it has officially hit its cognitive load. This load is made up of three demands: intrinsic, extraneous, and germane. Let's tackle each one separately.
Have you ever noticed that some content is easy to learn while other subject matter is difficult? For instance, learning a chord or two on the guitar may be easy but playing like Jimi Hendrix is difficult. That's because playing multiple notes while mixing in certain other elements like guitar pedals is a bit more complex. Hendrix's style of...
I love presentations that make an impact. You remember what has been shared. You have actionable takeaways. And, if you are lucky, you exit the Zoom meeting or conference feeling inspired. Those are the good ones.
The common framework that exists among these impactful presentations, is an engaging speaker. They are confident, well-prepared, but more importantly they are wise with their word usage and that's what we tackle today.
So, how do you become a more engaging speaker? It's starts with how you choose your words.
Most presenters today feel the pressure to use a vocabulary they typically don't use in everyday life. For instance, I'll see big words like:
"Notwithstanding our commitment..." VS "In spite of commitment..."
The prior is a lot more formal and creates an unnecessary barrier or hurdle between you and your audience. Always choose the easy word. You'll audience will appreciate it.
In the same spirit of keeping your content simple, you...
Back in 2012, I failed at my first attempt to complete an Ironman. I logged the miles. I did the research. I improved my diet. I did it all, but it wasn’t enough. So, I hired a coach and a short six months later I finished my very first Ironman.
Hiring a triathlon coach was an amazing decision and one I will never regret. He saw things I could not see. He streamlined my swimming technique. He taught me where and how long to ride. And, he made me a faster and stronger runner by analyzing my diet and fluid intake. He had experience that I simply did not have and that was the critical difference maker. The same is true with almost every other aspect of life. Coaches have experience that will help you obtain results faster and more efficiently.
That’s where I sit in the world of presentations. I have been coaching and training executives on public speaking now for over a decade. I have seen some good ones, and I have seen some bad ones. Some are confident while others are...
This post is an excerpt from my book, What's Your Presentation Persona?
The day was February 11, 1990 and the location was Cape Town, South Africa. On this day, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years behind bars. Twenty-seven years. There are some of you reading this right now who aren’t 27 years of age. That’s a long time to spend in prison for trying to protect your country from an oppressive regime.
Despite the abuse, the mistreatment, and unfairness, Mandela was still able to focus on his audience rather than himself when giving his speech shortly after being released. Here is a part of his opening:
Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans.
I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all.
I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.
I often get asked for presentation tips, tricks, and hacks. You asked, so I am providing. Here are 22 presentations tips to improve your public speaking skills.
1. Double tie your shoelaces literally and figuratively.
Don't trip over your feet or your unprepared-for presentation.
2. Squeeze a Lemon
A little lemon juice in your water will help to clear your throat more effectively than just plain H2O.
3. Empty your pockets before you take the stage.
This will help you resist the urge to put your hands in them and will insure that you're free to gesture like a pro.
4. Turn off your cell phone!
Seriously. Turn it off or put it in airplane mode.
5. Make a list of keywords for each of your slides.
This will help you to reinforce each point clearly and precisely. It also gives you a backup in case you need to deliver your presentation without your visuals.
6. Never turn your back on the audience.
It's amateurish at best and down right rude at...
I get asked all the time about the fastest and easiest ways to improve presentations. It usually goes something like this:
Scott, if you can offer the listeners/the audience three tips to improve their presentations…what do you suggest?
You asked. So, here are my three ways to improve your presentations right now.
1. Care More About Your Content
Your presentation narrative is the most important part of your presentation yet so many presenters tend to want to neglect it or just out right ignore it. You can’t do that. Focus on your storyline and try to get all of your content condensed into three main points.
2. Opt for Photos Over Bullet Points
The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text based information (a.k.a. bullet points) So, the tip is simple. Delete your bullet points and choose full bleed photos instead. This means that instead of having one slide with 5 bullet points, you are going to have 5 separate slides.
3. Rehearse, Don’t Memorize
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