Effective Presentations

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

7 Lessons I Learned When I Started Speaking Internationally

7 Ways to connect with the audience despite your cultural differences.<p>Getting up to speak in front of a live audience can be a nerve-wracking experience. Those nerves are heightened even more when the audience you're speaking to is a global one.<p>Today there are almost 7.5 billion people in the …

Multiculturalism

Richard Branson Reveals His Most Valuable Tip For Anyone Who Pitches An Idea

If your pitch cannot pass the ‘Richard Test,’ billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson isn’t interested in your idea.<p>The Richard Test has two components. First, the pitch must be free of jargon. Second, the pitch must be short enough to fit on a drink coaster. “If your pitch can’t fit on a beer …

Success

Here's what to say when you only have 3 minutes to make a great impression

• <b>Every unplanned interaction with your boss is an opportunity to advance your career.</b>• <b><br>If you only have a few minutes of their time, ask a substantial question about a meeting or comment on a successful project.</b>• <b><br>Later, follow up on your conversation with a scheduled meeting or email that expands on</b> …

Networking

The 4 Things Every Great Speaker Must Do Before Delivering a Presentation

Warm-up like an actor, perform like an athlete, succeed like the speaker you are.<p>What do athletes, actors and speakers have in common? They need to perform--and do it well.<p>With every public speaking engagement, speakers need to "step up to the plate" and "hit their mark." Eloquent delivery and an …

Public Speaking

Sheryl Sandberg Mastered 3 Presentation Skills in 3 Minutes. And You Can, Too

Being a memorable, persuasive speaker requires building connection, being current and boosting credibility.<p>When it comes to making a persuasive presentation, there are several elements that are core to making it a success. As Aristotle said eons ago, persuasion requires appealing to ethos (trust), …

Sheryl Sandberg

3 Ways British Prime Minister Theresa May Could Have Saved Her Speech When 'Stuff Happened'

When a speech or presentation doesn't go according to plan, there are some simple tips to avert a fiasco.<p>We've all been there. You're giving an important presentation and 'stuff' happens: A technical glitch, a cough, an interruption. The secret is to turn failures into opportunities.<p>In a speech to …

Theresa May

Why No One Laughs at the Jokes in Your Presentation (and How to Fix It)

Being funny is no laughing matter. Here's how to make them laugh even if you're not funny.<p>"What is a cow playing an instrument doing?" my six-year-old son asked at the dinner table. "I don't know, what?" I responded. "He's making mooo-sic." My son then burst into laughter, completely taken by his …

Jerry Seinfeld

The Art of Covert Selling as a Public Speaker

Five strategies you can use to sell your product without pushing for a sale.<p>When it comes to speaking about your business, there are many environments when you simply can't go directly for the sale.<p>So, what should you do? Earn social proof and credibility.<p>People buy based on what they know, like …

Marketing

5 Reasons Public Speaking Isn't Working for You and How to Fix It

Business owners who speak well are likely to generate more revenue.<p>Every business owner leads presentations. They present their idea to investors. They present their product or service to customers. They present their company values to employees. Finally, they can, do, and should present at …

Tony Robbins has done the same thing after every speech, meeting, or event for 40 years

Since the time he was a protégé of motivational speaker Jim Rohn in the late 1970s, Tony Robbins has been performing a learning exercise that has allowed him to become one of the world's foremost public speakers.<p>Robbins has been the personal performance coach to clients like billionaire investor …

Success

Great Sales Presentation--Now, Leave Something Behind That Will Help Close The Deal

B2B sales often demand face-to-face meetings and interactions, but you can only control the conversation for as long as you’re in the room. Once you’re out the door your prospects will talk amongst themselves, and take time to consider your offer. Most often the decision will be made after you …

Marketing

3 Proven Tips for a Talk That People Remember Long After you Step off Stage

Create a Talk That People Remember Long After the Lights go Down<p>Living a meaningful life matters, and creating a meaningful presentation that resonates with an audience matters too.<p>Why do you think TED Talks are so popular? Their "ideas worth spreading" tagline embodies the exact definition of …

Richard Branson's Secrets on Public Speaking -You Need to Know

Give more to audience than they have the right to expect.<p>I recently heard Richard Branson say how much he hates public speaking. I have to admit I was more than a little surprised, because I constantly see him out and about on the speaking circuit. Along with his feelings, he shared some of the …

4 Tips From Apple's iPhone X Launch That Will Turn Your Next Presentation Into a Showstopper

Apple's keynotes share more in common with Broadway shows than typical business presentations.<p>An Apple product launch like the September 12th introduction of a new Apple Watch, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X has what you'd expect: products, demos and slides. But its much more. An Apple keynote has more …

TED Speakers Use This Pro Trick to Instantly Improve Their Presentations

Got toes? Then you're all set to use this odd but effective trick.<p>If you want to improve your speaking skills, you can learn a lot from watching TED speakers. After all, the best among them are some of the most accomplished presenters around. But there might be an even better source of presentation …

5 Top Tips For Presenting Data More Effectively

Reporting the findings of data-driven discovery is often thought of as “the crucial last step” in an analytics program. Unfortunately, this is often misinterpreted as meaning it is of lesser importance – nothing could be further from the truth!<p>If you’re interested in data-driven transformation and …

Storytelling

4 Ways to Own the Room During Your Next Presentation

When you're on stage, finding your groove starts with finding out what the audience really wants from your presentation. It's not about what you're saying, but what they're hearing.<p>"And next to the stage, we've got Jordan Scheltgen from Cave Social."<p>A light, non-enthusiastic applause followed.<p>As I …

4 world champions of public speaking explain how to deliver presentations your audience will love

• <b>There are fundamentals all great public speakers master.</b>• <b><br>We spoke with the last four Toastmasters International world champions of public speaking.</b>• <b><br>Their advice applies to everything from a TED Talk to a presentation to a few colleagues.</b><p>Being a great public speaker requires much more than …

Public Speaking

The world champion of public speaking says every line of a speech should answer the same question

When Manoj Vasudevan took the stage ahead of his winning speech in the finals of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, he saw an audience that looked worn out and ready to leave.<p>He knew he would have to make some adjustments to his presentation.<p>Toastmasters is the …

Public Speaking

The Key to Nailing Any Presentation, According to a TEDx Speaker With 3 Million Views

Speaking consultant Terri Trespicio shares the secrets for making any talk a success.<p>You can generate boatloads of content for LinkedIn and Facebook. Blog and vlog and hire a Millennial to run your Instagram. However, there's nothing--nothing--as powerful for your brand and business as getting up …

The 1 (And Only) Thing You Need To Do To Nail Your Presentation Every Single Time

Sometimes the answers to vexing questions are so blindingly obvious, we completely skip over them. Here's one that's worth repeating.<p>I work with many public speakers who ask me varying forms of the same question: how can I get over my anxiety of public speaking? My answer is always the same: "At …

3 tips to become well-spoken

Want to become well-spoken? Here are three tips.<p><b>1. Make others feel well-heard</b><p>We focus too much on what we should say next, formulating witty …

Leadership

Forget 'like' and 'um' — an insidious new filler phrase makes anyone look unprofessional

As a communication coach, I know how important it is to eliminate filler words from our conversations.<p>I also know that the advice is easy to dispense and hard to execute. We all use filler words from time to time: 'ah', 'um', and 'like.'<p>Recently, I've noticed two filler words creeping up in …

Employment

Why Every Great Presentation Begins With the End

Preparing the perfect speech starts with considering the journey. Make each talk a call to adventure that your audience can't wait to take.<p>A confident speaker steps onto the stage and gives the most persuasive speech you've ever heard. Credible, informative and engaging--the crowd loves it.<p>Where …

Leadership

Talk Like TED

• <b>Author:</b> Carmine Gallo<p>Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. Many people have a fear of public speaking or are insecure about …

9 Things You Should Always Do Before Presenting in Front of a Big Crowd

The most successful public speakers use these tips to make their point and manage their fear<p>"Maybe I should have prepared a bit more."<p>I'll admit it. I've said these words to myself right before stepping in front of a group to make a presentation or pitch. I feel sorry for both the audience and …

TED Talks

• <b>Author:</b> Chris Anderson<p><b>New York Times Bestseller</b><p><b>“Catnip for all the TED fans out there.” —Publishers Weekly</b><p><b>“The most insightful book ever written on public speaking . . . a must-read.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals</b><p>Since taking …

Your Presentation Needs a Punch Line

It was late Saturday night on Chicago’s North Side, and the historic Green Mill jazz club was buzzing with nervous energy. So was I. Pacing on the …

Public Speaking

8 Weird (but Essential) Things You Should Bring to Your Next Presentation

The less-obvious keys to speaking success you should never leave home without.<p>The same day American Airlines alerted me that I had reached Executive Platinum status, Hulu suggested the movie <i>Up in the Air</i> in my queue. Despite the creepiness of it, that evening I did as the streaming giant suggested …

Hacking