Presenters sometimes get easy, softball questions after presentations but not always. It seems like there is always at least one person who asks a prickly or hostile question. (more…)
Humor is a great way to start a presentation if you do it right. I want to be clear. I don’t mean opening with an actual joke that has a classic setup-punch line format. However, I do recommend using humor. (more…)
What exactly is “uptalk” and is it unprofessional? Put simply, uptalk is the tendency for some speakers to use an upward inflection on the end of their sentences so that everything sounds like a question. Uptalk or “upspeak” is often associated with the way teenagers talk in Southern California but is no longer limited by geography.
Many presentations end with a question-and-answer session. Clearly, handling questions smoothly can be a challenge. You have probably witnessed speakers ace a presentation and then stumble while responding to questions. The main reason for this ineffectiveness is that many presenters give long-winded answers to listeners’ direct questions. (more…)
There is an art to opening presentations that takes practice. While no one best way exists to grab an audiences’ attention, experiences show us that some ways are clearly better than others. (more…)
Mark Twain, the famous writer and speaker, said, “There are two kinds of speakers: Those that are nervous and those that are liars.” Everybody gets a little nervous when they present. However, you don’t have to let nerves stop you from delivering an effective presentation. The follow advice will help you calm your nerves. (more…)