Effective Presentations

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Presentation tips and topics curated by Venice Institute for Performing Arts. VenicePerformingArtsCenter.com

Here's How to (Literally) Rock Your Presentation

You don't want to be the person your audience wishes would sit back down. Here's how to supercharge your powers of charisma.<p>Dull presentations, sermons and lectures are an inevitable part of life. But if you're the one in front of the room you certainly don't want to be the person your audience …

Public Speaking

6 Steps to Mastering Professional Public Speaking

If you're still not sure how to master your speaking skills, this formula will help you get there.<p>So you are starting up a second--or first--career as a professional speaker. Excellent choice. With cities fighting each other to host professional conventions and trade shows, everyone is looking for …

Public Speaking

Use This Presentation Strategy to Be Instantly More Persuasive

Persuading people to buy into your way of thinking or seeing things is hard. Try this strategy to up the odds that you'll break through and get people on your side.<p>Persuasion is hard. There are the people who oppose you, the people who like you, and the people in the middle who are undecided.<p>Casey …

Storytelling

3 Powerful Secrets Pros Never Share About Public Speaking

It's worth getting over your fear of public speaking, and it will be much easier once you understand these three secret principles the pros know<p>Few acts are a divisive as public speaking, as half of us want to be on the big stage and half of us want to stay away from it as much as possible. As …

Public Speaking

9 Ways to Hack Presentation Anxiety

Avoid Death by PowerPoint with 3 Tips From the Top TED Talks

Are bullets killing your presentation? Breathe life into your slide deck with visual design tips from the top TED talks.<p>Humans are visual creatures. MIT Neuroscientists have found that the brain can recognize images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds. In fact, web pages with images draw 94 …

Public Speaking

Try These Two Ways to Structure a Presentation

One was good enough for the greatest American speech every delivered, and both borrow from Hollywood--home to the best storytellers in the world<p>I caught a glimpse of my childhood home on Google Earth.<p>First, I spied it from 30,000 feet, then zoomed in and saw my mother's herb garden at the bottom of …

Public Speaking

Why Over Using PowerPoint Is Hurting Your Ability to Influence People

Here are three easy questions that will help you determine if you should use PowerPoint or ditch it for your next meeting.<p>Giving a good presentation requires a lot of things. There is even some science behind how to combine good content, good delivery, and good visual elements. And if standing in …

Public Speaking

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Speaker's Don't Know They're Making

What you need to know now about speaking.<p>I am a professional speaker, and I have given thousands of presentations in the last 28 years. I have seen hundreds of people give presentations. I am sure you have too.<p>Most presentations are, sad to say, just awful and boring.<p>Why?<p>People who speak often …

Public Speaking

Use personal stories in your communications

“In a sea of competition, you’ve got to capitalize on what makes you unlike anyone else.”<p>This advice from “Feel Great Naked: Confidence Boosters for …

Make Your Presentation Powerful With a Pause

Taking a minute or two to silently think in front of the room can be a powerful move for a public speaker.<p>A Neglected Art<p>Consider this quote from Carolyn Kane in "Thinking: A Neglected Art," in <i>Newsweek</i>, December, 14 1981.<p>"We Americans are a charitable and humane people: we have institutions devoted …

Public Speaking

How to Excite Your Audience: A Dog's Guide to Public Speaking

Man's best friend will walk you through presentation advice, and it's more than how to sit, shake paws, or roll over.<p>Our four-legged friends have a great deal of wisdom to offer. It seems offices and businesses are realizing the merits of our canine family members and even welcoming them into the …

Public Speaking

Add Emotion to Your Message to Grab Attention and Engage Audiences

Feelings Matter. Make sure your talks use emotion to spark feelings in your listeners or you won't be able to make them budge.<p>Daniel Gilbert is psychologist teaching at Harvard. In his book, <i>Stumbling on Happiness</i> he writes about the importance of feelings in judging things to be good or bad. To be …

Public Speaking

How Should You Respond to Negative Feedback? 13 Experienced Speakers Share Their Secrets

Negative feedback or bad review? Do this first.<p>It's happened to all of us. You've given a presentation, written an article, or launched a new product. And a customer, reader, or audience member tells you that you missed the mark. Your presentation fell flat, or your product just isn't what they …

Leadership

Great Presenters Do 1 Thing That Most of You Don't, Science Says

Here's some eye-opening research about what actually influences your audience, and how you can use that to prepare and deliver better presentations.<p>Last week, I wrote about the science of influence based on the research of renowned social psychologist Robert Cialdini. It got me thinking about one …

Public Speaking

PowerPoint Isn't Dead Yet: Three Presentation Tips That Still Work In 2017

You don't need to be a graphic designer to add clear, comprehensible images to your talk.<p>When you're in a meeting and somebody flips on a PowerPoint presentation, chances are you're instantaneously bored or annoyed. Most people probably wouldn’t mind if they never had to watch another PowerPoint …

Want to Be a Brilliant Public Speaker? Take a Cue From One of President Obama's Quirks

Love him or hate him, President Obama's predictable habit of hesitating when talking speaks volumes about his intelligence and communication genius.<p>If you want to be...the best public speaker you can be...you might just want...to insert some pauses...into every speech you give.<p>At least, that's what …

Public Speaking

Ditch These 3 Resolutions to Become a More Powerful Public Speaker

Want to become a more powerful public speaker? Start by breaking these New Year's resolutions--guilt free.<p>At the start of the year, everyone is trying their best to stick to the resolutions they swore that this year they would keep. Then mid-January rolls along and most of us begin to relax our …

Public Speaking

Want to Be a Great Speaker? 7 Key Lessons From Martin Luther King Jr.

King was a great leader--and a great orator. Here are 7 things to learn from his example the next time you have to talk to a group.<p>//<p>//<p>If you know nothing else about Martin Luther King Jr., I guarantee you know this:<p><i>"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where</i> …

Public Speaking

10 Tips to Make You a Powerful Public Speaker Now

Preparation is key to being a successful speaker. These tips will help you hit a home run on your next speaking gig.<p>Public speaking consistently tops lists of Americans' greatest fears, beating out heights, bugs, ghosts, and even those scary clowns that keep popping up in the woods.<p>Many people are …

Public Speaking

3 Traits of the Most Liked, Most Effective Public Speakers

What are the great presentation skills that lead to successful outcomes?<p>I came to the career of speech coach from the world of theater. For 15 years I was an actor, and an instructor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and at the Michael Chekhov Studio.<p>Family life intervened. My wife and I had a baby …

Public Speaking

10 Tips For Giving Effective Virtual Presentations

What to know before you go live.<p><i>- By Matt Abrahams | Stanford Business lecturer</i><p>As audiences go global and you need to reach more people through technology (including webinars, conference calls and teleconference), you must consider the challenges to connecting with a virtual audience. Here I …

Education Technology

The Best Way to Communicate Absolutely Anything? Steal This Idea from Hollywood

Screenwriters do this. So do producers. Now it's your turn.<p>I know what you're thinking: What does glamorous Hollywood have to do with IT services, internal programs, accounting or whatever else I have to communicate?<p>As it turns out, no one is better than Hollywood's movie studios at distilling a …

Business Strategy

Three Ways For Speakers To Ensure Excellence In 2017

<i>(The second of two articles about preparing for 2017.)</i><p>It’s official: we are living in turbulent times. I’ve never seen such a high level of anxiety among fellow speakers, in the audiences speakers address, and in the industry itself – among the meeting planners, conference organizers, and speaker …

Public Speaking

14 Tricks To Overcome Stage Fright and Rock Your Presentation

Here are a few tricks that can help you turn your performance nerves into presentation fuel<p>Stage fright is horrible. The nerve-wracking anxiety that you're going to lose your notes, forget how to speak in public, or suddenly discover that you've arrived on the wrong day all contribute to many …

Public Speaking

How to stop using filler words like ‘um' and 'uh' in your speech

Americans are notorious for using filler words. While moderate use in a casual environment could be helpful it is advised to avoid excessive use, especially in a professional setting. If you're using too many filler words, it is time to stop the habit.<p>Sources: Language and Speech, BBC<p><b>Follow Tech</b> …

Public Speaking

10 Tips For Giving Effective Virtual Presentations

Presenting online? Try these suggestions to improve your results. | Illustration by Tricia SeiboldAs audiences go global and you need to reach more …

Public Speaking

TEDx club to hold student speaker auditions

Palo Alto High School students and faculty gather in Paly’s Media Arts Center to listen to a TEDx talk during the 2015 conference. Photo: Adele …

Public Speaking

9 Tips For Communicating Science To People Who Are Not Scientists

Many of the most complex and divisive topics of the day involve science. While deep ideological chasms cloud some discussions, the reality is that large segments of the American public are simply not trained as a scientists. For this reason they may tune out when scientists try to explain difficult …

Science