​PowerSpeaking Blog: Tips and strategies for crafting presentations

Center of Attention: Dealing With Audiences and Devices

The prevalence of personal devices — from laptops to smartphones to tablets and now even smartwatches — poses a challenge for presenters. When you're speaking, you are trained to want an audience's undivided attention. It's natural to feel irritated or disheartened during a presentation when you see people looking down at their phones as opposed to looking up at you.

In today’s world, as a speaker, we may need a new mindset. An audience glued to their devices isn't always the kiss of death. In many ways, devices are simply another tool to help enrich and enliven your presentation — or at least something you can simply work around. Here's how:

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Behind the Scenes of TED Presenters

 

TED Talks — an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, and Design — are almost universally considered the gold standard for successful public speaking. Curated by author and entrepreneur Chris Anderson and the TED leadership team, videos of TED speakers at conferences routinely go viral, racking up millions of views from all over the world.

The short, compelling presentations are delivered by thought leaders, craftsmen, artists, scientists, executives and innovators in a variety of fields. Filmed at TED conferences nationwide, speakers vary greatly and have included countless luminaries, including Sarah Silverman, Tony Robbins, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Al Gore, J.K. Rowling and many, many more.

What unites all these different figures? They have all harnessed the most effective presentation skills to deliver persuasive, insightful, funny, emotional and — most importantly — compelling speeches to rapt audiences on the TED stage. Here is a guide to what makes a TED talk so engaging and what tools subject matter and technical experts can use to make their own presentations as compelling — straight from the experts themselves.

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Managing Presentations with Live and Virtual Guests

 

Executive presence is a powerful part of any presentation. So how do you maintain authority and control when you and your audience aren't in the same room together?

Technology has facilitated virtual communication and remote presentations in a way that makes it easier than ever to integrate live and virtual guests — both audience members and presenters. At the same time, as people, we are still used to listening and paying attention to the person in front of us speaking. To conquer the audience’s impulse to get distracted and tune out, foster engagement in remote settings by following these virtual presentation techniques.

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The Goal is Presence: Lessons from Amy Cuddy’s Book

 

“The state of being attuned to and able to comfortably express true thoughts, feelings, values and potential.” 

This is how Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy defines Presence in her book of the same name. 

Cuddy has followed up her "fake it until you become it" TED talk, which illuminates the positive effects of ‘power posing’ on confidence, with this new work, subtitled “Bringing Your BOLDEST SELF to your BIGGEST CHALLENGES.”  presence.png

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What Do You Do with Your Hands as a Presenter?–Tips by The Washington Post

What to do with the hands baffles most presenters. There are many schools of thought that offer conflicting advice. A recent leadership article in The Washington Post spotlighted what’s most impactful when it comes to presenters’ gestures. Below we summarize the recommendations:

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Stealth Strategies for Calmer, More Confident Presentations

Nerves impact everyone and are often the #1 reason people seek help for their presentations. How do you tame the butterflies in your stomach? Or avoid the ‘melt down’ feeling right before a talk? We offer 5 simple tips for before you even get in the presentation room. We call them Stealth Strategies for calmer, more confident presentations, since you do them way ahead of the talk.

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6 Tips to Take Your Presentation to the Next Level in 2016

Building your Presentation Skills Muscles in 2016

With a new year upon us, most of us resolve to eat healthier, visit the gym, do more yoga or set other goals. 2016 also offers a chance to strengthen habits and skills for presentations during the coming year. Here are 6 easy, fun tips to take your presentation skills to the next level in 2016.

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