Dra. Mary Rodriguez
said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:
If I had only 5 minutes to coach presenters, here’s what tell them:
1. Forget the warm-up drill as an opener. “Good morning. My name is …” does not set you apart in the line-up of presenters or the marketplace. Start with a high-impact opening that immediately engages listeners in your topic.
2. Make your information or facts tell a story. Don’t just dole out data. Turn your ideas into communication. Take a viewpoint, and shape your information persuasively to lead to a specific message. Connect with an audience to push them to action or a decision.
3. Punch key points—do not swallow them. Avoid rambling on with repetitious statements. Say it; then stop.
4. Strive for simplicity. The ability to make a complex subject understandable to the layperson is the mark of an effective communicator.
5. Never use a $100 story in a three-minute time slot to make a nickel point. Stories make your points and information memorable—but they must be shaped, edited, and delivered well. The longer the story, the better the point must be.
6. Add a touch of humor, but make it relevant to the topic and the situation. A humorous anecdote, illustration, or one-liner adds an element of class and distinction. Humor also reduces resistance and opens minds.
7. Make your presentation both a performance and a conversation. Your passion, energy, and topic make the presentation a performance. Your natural speaking style and relaxed but confident body language make it a conversation. Gestures, posture, movement, facial expression—these all either support or sabotage the impact of your content.
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