Today's FlashbackFriday and I wanted to take us back to a post from 2015 on "Four Tips for Fluid Speaking" (Teams365 #651). These are four quick things we can all keep in mind prior to our next presentation. Enjoy!
Here it is:
In keeping with our theme of enhancing your public presentation skills, today's post includes four tips for fluid speaking. Consider these tips next time you are scheduled to deliver a presentation, give a webinar or lead a class:
Practice, practice, practice - practice makes perfect. Run through your presentation several times, speaking it out loud, not only reading it through.
Visualize yourself giving the presentation . Imagine yourself giving he presentation and the audience reaction. Consider where you want to put the most emphasis, picture the location, think about the close. Visualization from start to finish has been shown to be an important strategy for professional athletes. Why not try it out for your nets big presentation.
Consider what can be expanded if you are moving more quickly and what can be compressed if you are moving too slow. In From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching I refer to this as the "accordion" effect. This can be a great strategy for ensuring flow, and a lack of panic.
Really hone your start (and end) -the start of a presentation can be the most stressful for many of us, and this is a key phase as first impressions are critical, as ae the first few minutes for connecting with your audience. Consider your start and how you will engage the audience - is it a question you will pose? A story you will share ? Something else? Hone your start and end.
Consider putting a focus in these areas in preparation for your upcoming presentation and let us know what impact it has for you."
Have aa terrific weekend!