The Mindful Presenter

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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

2 Ways to Evolve with Your Audience

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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

Meet and Greet

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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

3 Ways to Frame Expectations

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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