presentations

Pace Your Speech By Slowing Down At The Vowels

When we’re nervous giving a speech, we often speak too fast. Slow yourself down by pausing on the vowels.


Put Your Best Line First For A Good Extemporaneous Speech

Even people who are unafraid of public speaking get uncomfortable when asked to talk off-the-cuff. In the few minutes before you have to go up on stage, think of the main line you want to say and lead with it.


Five Reasons Your Presentation Is Letting You And Your Audience Down

Let’s face it, whether at work, university, school or a seminar, most presentations today are dull and predictable. We’ve fallen into a rut as presenters.


Pause For 10 Seconds If You Lose Your Place In A Presentation

If you lose your train of thought during your next presentation, don’t sweat it. The audience will know if you get flustered and it will just make it worse. Instead, take a simple 10-second pause and people will assume it’s on purpose.


Memorise Your Speech Opening To Reduce Anxiety

Public speaking can be nerve-racking. Even if you have notes, memorising your opening can reduce your anxiety and let your presentation flow better.


Remember The 'Jesus Pose' To Connect With Your Audience

When giving a speech, you may be tempted to keep our hands in front of you so you don’t feel exposed and vulnerable. Audiences can pick up on that body language, so try the “Jesus Pose” to connect with them.


Focus On Creating An Importance Hierarchy When Presenting Information

Presenting information is an art unto itself. Whether it’s an email, PowerPoint or a speech, there’s a tendency to pack as much information into as little space as possible. It turns out it may be more important to create a hierarchy of information first.


Use Your Audience To Prove Your Point Instead Of A Slide

Often, when giving a presentation, we have to show statistics to illustrate our point. Instead of using a slide, consider getting the audience involved to help them understand the numbers.


Design Presentations Like A Science Fair For Better Interactions

Meetings and presentations can be a waste of time if they aren’t handled well. Designer Michael Dearing suggests taking inspiration from science fairs to make exhibits that are more engaging and interactive.


Use The HAIL Method To Be More Persuasive And Trustworthy

Being persuasive is often a function of being (or at least appearing) trustworthy. The more people trust you the more likely they are to listen to your words and do what you want. For that purpose, the HAIL method can guide you.