Recently I’ve been researching and practicing mindfulness. Not to be confused with the traditional image of mediation , being mindful is simply training your mind to focus on one thing while staying grounded in the present.
When it comes to presenting, being in the present is critical. We all make mistakes, and making them won’t necessarily ruin a presentation. Success or failure depends on how we handle our mistakes. Continue reading
For those of you who teach lengthy courses or run a series of seminars, it’s important to check in on your audience’s needs and wants from time to time. Regular readers should know that it is crucial to know your audience at the beginning of a course or seminar series, however many presenters forget that audience needs evolve over time. The best public speakers evolve with their audience. Here are two concrete ways to do so: Continue reading
According to research in Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes over 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. However, you don’t have to wait that long to help your audience achieve success. Continue reading
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Nancy Duarte’s “Like Yoda You Must Be” has been posted on LinkedIn for a while, but I just now got around to reading it. Hopefully, however, it will be new to most of you. Not only is it great advice for making your audience the center of your presentations, but it also addresses a problem I often see in my line of work. Continue reading
One of the things that separates driving enthusiasts from daily commuters is that enthusiasts know how to take a corner. While most drivers ride the brakes or coast through the entire curve, a skilled driver is on the gas just after hitting the apex. A similar thing can be said about skilled public speakers. Continue reading
As I mentioned before, planning and rehearsing are critical for successful presentations. There is, however, one thing that you might have to do on the spot: a meet and greet.
For those of you who do a lot of one-off seminars, you might not have a clue about your audience beforehand. Yet, as previously discussed, tailoring your content to your audience is critical. So dos this mean that we are at an impasse here? Not at all. Continue reading
For my business English seminars, I’m often asked by my clients (internal or external) to cover vast topics in relatively short amounts of time. When this situation arises, I always make sure to inform the audience at the beginning of the seminar exactly how far we’re going into a particular topic. I bookend this at the end of the presentation by either sharing methods or resources to further study the topic or by promising future seminars within the same field. Continue reading
Many of my American friends and family members often wonder how I can take on such a seemingly overwhelming language as Japanese. Well the answer to that, as well as an excellent example of audience involvement, can be found in today’s case study. Continue reading
Any article, book, website, or blog will tell you that reading from your notes or slides is poor presentation form. Unfortunately, these sources often lack specific, field-tested techniques to help you avoid this pitfall. Well, let’s take care of that little problem today. Continue reading
The tittle of this article, courtesy of Lifehacker (by way of the Harvard Business Review), may seem simplistic, but it’s loaded with good advice. In fact, the article has a lot of synergy with what I’ve been posting here. To be specific, it offers another perspective on three of my favorite pieces of advice: Continue reading