Effective Presentations

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

Here’s How Tim Ferriss Prepares for a TED Talk

Those who know me well know that I am an unabashed devotee of the author, podcaster, and life-hacking guru Tim Ferriss. I’ve listened to too many of …

Public Speaking

1 Skill That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker (Even Before You Say a Single Word)

Public speaking starts way before you ever step foot in front of an audience. Learn to do this well if you want to impress a crowd.<p>When it comes to being funny, Primetime Emmy Award-winning king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld has spent as much as two years -- two years! -- perfecting a joke. He starts …

Public Speaking

The One Investment Warren Buffet Says Will Change Your Life (And It's Not A Stock)

In an essay celebrating Forbes’ 100-year anniversary, billionaire Warren Buffett says there is one investment that “supersedes” all others: Invest in yourself. “Address whatever you feel your weaknesses are, and do it now,” Buffett writes.<p>Buffett goes on to reveal his weakness—he was terrified of …

Warren Buffett

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. But you won’t see that when I’m teaching.<p>Though I make a few exceptions, I generally ban electronics, including laptops, in my classes and research …

Laptops

Be Better at Spontaneous Speaking

The first step in successful spontaneous speaking? Get out of your own way. | iStock/FatCameraOn the first day of my <i>Essentials of Strategic</i> …

Management

How to become a great public speaker for less than $20

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>There’s a reason that people find public …

Public Speaking

7 Must-Use Audience Engagement Tips From a Professional Storyteller

Terence Mickey on how to connect with your audience and why it matters.<p>Connecting with your audience is vital to your business.<p>It is the same for when you're on stage.<p>Last week I wrote about every business is show business when it comes to public speaking. This week, I asked for tips and insights …

Storytelling

Need to Memorize a Speech? Here's the Neuroscience Behind It (And 3 Apps to Help)

Fear is the mind-killer when it comes to memorization.<p>You've heard of "zero-effort" guides to memorization or tricks to streamline the memorization process.<p>But at the root of all of those quick hacks is the basic truth: There's no substitution for practice and rehearsal. Rote memorization is a …

Neuroscience

Stop Beginning Your Speeches with 'Good Morning and Thank You' and Start With This Instead

It doesn't matter how compelling your presentation is if you haven't grabbed your audience's attention in the first few seconds.<p>Every presentation is an opportunity to make an impression. You can either use your pitch to build credibility, engagement and buy-in, or blow the chance to share your …

Incorporated

4 Simple Approaches to Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

The key is taking control of what you can and intentionally letting the rest go.<p><i>How can I overcome my fear of public speaking? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jen Jamula,</b> …

Self-improvement

20 Tips for Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Terrified of public speaking? You're not alone. Following these tips will pave the way to speaking success.<p>One Saturday morning in December 2012, I received an email out of the blue from the President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific--one of the most senior executives in the global …

Public Speaking

The 1 Public Speaking Skill You Can Learn From Microsoft's Best Presenter

PowerPoint shouldn't drive a presentation; PowerPoint should complement a story.<p>Microsoft vice president Panos Panay oversees the company's hardware products, from Surface to Xbox. After his keynotes and product demonstrations, audience members often post positive feedback on Twitter about the …

Microsoft

If You're Using Images In PowerPoint Presentations, You're Doing It Wrong. Here's What to Use Instead

When a picture isn't worth a thousand words.<p>Every night before bed, I wash my face, brush my teeth, and scroll endlessly through Instagram--staring at photos of friends, family, and people I will never meet. Each picture speaks volumes--some would even say a thousand words. And while I love a good …

Storytelling

You Could Be Damaging Your Career If You Like To Tell Stories In Your Presentations, New Data Shows

For the past few years, hordes of putative experts have encouraged business presenters to employ more storytelling and less data. ‘Data is boring,’ they say, ‘but when you tell a good a story, people get emotionally involved and connected.’<p>At first blush, the argument for storytelling in your …

Public Speaking

How to Keep Your Cool When Your Audience Asks Tough Questions

A challenging question won't undermine your confidence if you have a plan.<p>Making a presentation under the best of circumstances can be nerve-wracking. From worrying about whether the rest of your team is as prepared (or unprepared) as you are, and making sure that the technology works, to …

How to Create a Webinar People Want to See

Putting on a successful webinar doesn't have to be hard. These 4 techniques will dramatically increase the success of your next webinar.<p>A successful webinar requires more than great content.<p>I've presented over 100 webinars. Some have been wildly successful; others not. I've had as few as 10 people …

4 Steps for Getting Your Speaking Career Off The Ground

Here are the lessons I've learned from starting with zero speaking gigs in January 2017 to now being invited to speak on stage in 2018.<p>In the beginning of 2017, I made two commitments to myself. The first was to create more systems and scalability in my business. I'm happy to say I've accomplished …

Careers

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 …

Public Speaking

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> …

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), …

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 …

Ronald Reagan

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 …

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 …

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 …

Public Speaking

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 …