Public Speaking – How to Deliver a Better Business Presentation

Public speaking is an important topic especially in the business world. Everyone in the business world has to speak in public at some point in time. And one of the best ways to get a raise in pay is to totally blow your boss away. Giving a good speech or presentation in public can extremely boost your career.

How do you deliver a better presentation? I hope to answer this question in the following article.

Use Visual Elements
Studies have shown that people are better able to remember something when it’s something visual like a picture or a chart. You can of course use that to your advantage in your presentation. Make a nice chart on your topic which includes lots of relevant information reproduced in a new way. You can also simply use flip charts or draw something on a board. But don’t use too much images otherwise your listeners will be distracted by them and won’t listen to you anymore.

Good Body Language
Body language is something that is often forgotten when holding a presentation. But there isn’t almost anything that is more essential than a good posture. To appear confident you should straighten yourself and set your feet shoulder-wide apart. Chest out, shoulders back. Then the last thing you need to keep in mind is your eye contact. It should feel natural looking at your listeners. Don’t look at them for too long but also don’t look at them for a glimpse of a second.

Videotape Yourself
Taping yourself while holding a speech is one of the best ways to get better at public speaking. The reason is that normally you do things you don’t even notice while holding your presentation. The videotape will help you see these things and will help you correct them by making your more aware of them. Bit by bit you will get better.

6 Negotiating Steps Used By Effective Leaders!

In, my, over four decades, of involved, in, nearly, everything related to effectively, leading, from identifying and qualifying, to training, developing and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or, potential leaders, to serving, personally, as a leader, on several occasions, I realize, how challenging it is, to be a good leader! Unfortunately, far – too – few, organizations, consistently, use, a well – considered, relevant, professionally – designed, leadership training program, and, even – fewer, are sufficiently trained, and prepared, in all the necessities, needed, to be a quality, reliable negotiator! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, 6 essential, negotiating steps, the most effective leaders, must use, effectively!

1. Know what you seek/ want/ need: Whether, it’s negotiating, for events, important contracts, or seeking a meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good, if you hope to be a leader, you must, begin, knowing and identifying, what you seek, want, and need, and how your organization, might benefit, by keeping these, in – mind! How can anyone, effectively, negotiate, unless/ until, you understand, what is needed, perceived, wanted, and sought, by your group, and its constituents?

2. Consider options and alternatives, with an open – mind: One must realize, effective negotiations, occur, when two parties, decide, it makes sense, for them, to come to some agreements, based on a meeting – of – the – minds, for the greater good! To do so, one must consider, with an open – mind, a variety of potential options and alternatives, which might bring about desired/ desirable results!

3. Know your negotiating adversary’s goals, needs, etc: Before negotiating, it’s important to do your homework, and, better understand, what your adversary, needs, seeks, and wants! How can you find common ground, without doing this?

4. Effectively listen: Although, for most people, their favorite sound, is their own voice, quality leadership, and especially, negotiating, demands, prioritizing, listening, effectively, and discovering/ understanding things, from their perspectives, in order to proceed, consistently, with the ultimate degree of genuine empathy!

5. Common ground/ win – win: Many individuals, falsely, believe, the objective of negotiations is what they believe, is winning, and/ or, defeating, the other party! However, I have learned, and strongly believe, after over four – decades, and about a thousand negotiations, discovering common ground, and creating, circumstances/ results, where both sides, feel satisfied/ content, in a win – win negotiating, approach, is the needed mindset!

6. Meeting of the minds: The ultimate goal of any, quality negotiations, is bringing about, a genuine, meeting – of- the – minds, for the greater good!

If you hope to be a quality leader, learn, and pursue, being a meaningful, effective, professionally – prepared, negotiator! Are you up to these tasks?

Your Presentation Skills May Be Great, But What About the Sound of Your Speaking Voice?

I have belonged to a public speaking network for some time now and it never ceases to amaze me that the members do not talk about the actual sound of the speaking voice. From topics covering the value of content versus delivery to the elimination of nervousness and even ways to find speaking engagements, they never discuss the image of the voice and what it says about them.

If your delivery is dynamic but your diction is hard to understand, then it really doesn’t matter how great your presentation skills because your audience is left unable to receive your message. Perhaps you speak too softly and they cannot hear you comfortably. On the other hand, maybe you are too loud and your sound being amplified by a speaker is painful to your listeners’ ears.

Your voice may be excessively nasal, whiny, shrill, wimpy, young-sounding, old-sounding, hoarse, gravelly, quivering, or just plain unattractive. What do you think any one of those characteristics would say about you? As a public speaker, your voice is the vehicle for your words. If you take courses in and read articles about presentation skills, would you not want to do something about your vocal image – that which is transporting your message? (By the way, I’m talking about the voice you hear on your answering machine, not the one you hear in your head!)

What is fascinating is that we all have a better voice inside, we’re just not aware of it. It is richer, warmer, deeper in pitch, resonant, and has the ability to be projected without shouting. In addition, your ‘real’ voice – versus your habitual one – can last for greater lengths of time without doing damage to your throat and vocal folds (cords). This is known as vocal abuse and is common among politicians and public speakers. Hilary Clinton and Anthony Robbins are two very good examples of vocal abuse. The latter’s voice has deteriorated to such a degree that he needs steroids in order to speak for great lengths of time. That should never have happened.

Voice training is something all public speakers should consider because the voice is truly the fundamental, the building block. Everything else is the icing on the cake. Without a voice, there is no public speaking. Without the cake, the icing really doesn’t matter.

I discovered my real voice many years ago and it is only improving with age. It’s a marvelous feeling to have total control over your voice no matter what the situation. What image is your voice projecting?