Presentation Changes for a Bit of Excitement for You and Your Listeners

Is it time for a change? If you have been speaking for awhile, you have probably settled into the comfort of re-using the material that is already prepared and familiar. In this article, I challenge you to make some changes.

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do I use the same or similar handouts?
  • Do I have tried and true visuals that I use over and over again?
  • Do I have a particular topic or topics that I always speak about?

If you answer “yes” to all or any, it is time for changes.

Update and upgrade your handouts. I know, I’ve been there. It is so much easier and more efficient to make minor changes on the computer to your saved handouts, thus using basically the same format over and over again. After all, we spent lots of time in the beginning research, writing, tweaking, and creating those super handouts. Unfortunately, that was in the “beginning” and, hopefully, we have grown past that stage. Take a hard, critical look at what you have been handing out to your audience. Could they be shorter and punchier? The long ones are usually filed away and never looked at again. Maybe all you need to hand out is a sheet of resources — recommended links, books and tapes.

Reevaluate your visuals. If you use a lot of visuals, maybe it is time to use fewer with snappier meanings. If they are serious, maybe it is time for some cartoons. People who laugh with you establish rapport with you and will appreciate your presentation more. If you don’t use visuals, think about what type of visual would enhance your presentation. Remember the old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If you are using visuals made up of words, think about pictures. The word “cow” doesn’t look like a cow.

Try a brand new topic or approach to a topic. I know that all of the books and speaking gurus stress the value of becoming an expert in a particular field, and I do believe in the importance of that theory. I feel, however, that if you attack a brand new topic — and possibly present it to a different audience for free — you might discover ways to enhance your usual topic and/or topics. Everything is related, and by researching a whole new field, you may find a whole new approach to and way to strengthen what you already are familiar with presenting.

Get out of your comfort zone. Not only will it strengthen your presentations, it will also be fun and exciting for you and your listeners.

Jumpstart Confidence in Business Presenting

True confessions time.

Corporate leaders around the world confess to a singular dread of presenting in front of groups. It’s shocking, really. Grown men in dark blue suits. Successful women who have smashed the glass ceiling.

They should be confident. They should feel great and ready to jump up and take center stage. But, it’s not the case.

In the quiet safety of a hallway. Next to the elevator. Over a cup of coffee. These men and women tell a simple story:

“I dread presenting.”

“I get nauseous just thinking about it!”

“I’ve had presentation skills training on my development plan for the last 15 years.”

This is bad news. Smart, well-educated professionals who would rather stay under the covers than step into the spotlight. All that knowledge, insight and contribution hidden or lost. This is a sorry shame.

But good news is close behind.

Learning how to feel confident giving presentations has gotten easier than ever before. An entire new source for professional development training is now available: online presentation skills training.

Previously, busy professionals relied on expensive in-house training programs, exorbitant coaching fees and public seminars. No more. Now, the choice is clear: self-study courses are the way to go.

These leaders are men and women who know the importance of professional skills training. It’s a career booster like no other. It is the critical key to unlock more job opportunity, better promotions, and greater success.

While senior leadership promotions often look for work experience, smart organizations value communication training and leadership presentation skills.

The big question every professional should ask is this: what’s on your calendar for becoming a confident presenter?

Let’s look at the big ‘excuses’ that could be standing in your way:

1. No travel budget

Online course and skill development is now available from many websites. With webinars it is easy to learn the skills you need to succeed.

2. No time

No worries. Get quick training bites in short video tutorials. Grab new ideas in cheat sheets and blueprints you can use from the convenience of your home, office or hotel room.

3. No money

Hey, let’s kick that excuse to the curb. New pricing and new low cost options provide high-value for as little as pennies a day!

4. No support from boss

With new online solutions for every budget, you don’t need to wait for approval from your boss or organization. In fact, you’d be smarter to take your career path into your own hands.

By conquering your fear of presenting, you’ll be uniquely positioned for promotions, job opportunities, and attracting employers who value education.

5. No confidence

Lack of confidence is not truly a barrier. It’s more a warning light on your internal dashboard. Ad when this warning light is flashing it’s signaling one thing: it’s time to solidify your intent.

Focus on finding resources that are non-judgmental and confidence boosting. Lack of confidence arises because you haven’t yet learned the step-by-step system to feel good, relaxed and natural presenting in front of groups.

Remember this important fact: learning to be a confident presenter is a skill. It’s a learnable skill. The sooner you start learning the ropes, the sooner you’ll be free of nervous jitters.

The most powerful presenters today often started because they recognized one thing: if they stay stuck in excuses, they will never achieve their career goals.

These professionals learned in the same way you can. Take the first step. Then the second. In no time you’ll have new professional skills that can take you to the top of your career. 

Mindfulness – Focusing the Attention of the Mind Into the Present Moment

Alright. Today’s topic for this week is a practice called “Mindfulness”. The key to being mindful is to focus the attention of the mind into the present moment. So if presently you are listening to this message, you focus your mind entirely into the message.

Mindfulness then, would be the practice of ignoring any other distractions that might come in while you are paying attention, either listening to or reading this particular message. If you were to practice mindfulness while you are falling asleep, you would fall asleep much faster. If you were to practice mindfulness maybe while doing something that is pleasurable to you, you will find much more pleasure in it. Practicing mindfulness while smelling a cup of tea, you will find that you probably love the aroma and when you taste it, it will taste differently than the aroma that you were loving. The same is true of food.

So when we are mindful and we focus our attention into one activity, it changes the experience. Sometimes you can use this say for an addiction. Maybe you really like your beer or something and you think about the beer and something begins to transform. There is a physical reaction. Your stress hormones begin to change; a variety of things happen.

Well, just focus your mindfulness 100%. It might be ice cream you are craving, whatever it is, and then go ahead and feel it, smell it, focus your mind entirely on it, not the result that you are expecting like “I’ll feel relaxed” or “I’ll feel comforted” or “I’ll be distracted from my real emotions”. Whatever else is going on.

Be mindful 100% with that item of your addiction. It may be drugs, sex, food, alcohol, whatever it is and stay with it and you will find that because you are mindfully attentive, it is not producing the normal side effect that you are used to. Oftentimes substituting with something very simple like taking some trace colloidal minerals, take a mineral supplement, and maybe a little Vitamin C or Ester C with it and maybe some MSM. Take that instead and some water and wait. And then if it comes back again, focus mindfulness into that whatever it is and see if anything has changed.

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