PresentationExpressions.com has always been about helping your improve your presentation skills. And the only reason this site even exists is because of your continued support. There are now over 20,000 people visiting presentationexpressions.com each month from all over the world, and I want to do something to help you improve your presentation skills even further.
Meet Alex Lyon, Ph.D.
Alex and I met online through him watching and commenting on my YouTube videos. The great thing is that Alex has also been producing his own presentation skills videos.
Alex is a communications coach and is a tenured associate professor in the Communication Department at The College at Brockport (SUNY). He has a deep passion for helping people succeed, especially when it comes to presentation skills.
A Natural Fit
Since I wanted to add more content to help you, it seemed like a natural fit to include Alex’s work here on the site. So starting this week, there will be a video from Alex to help you improve your presentation skills.
I’m Not Going Anywhere
Just in case you think I’m adding Alex as a way to remove myself from the site… NO. I’m still going to be posting my weekly videos. I just want to make this site better and better and to offer more valuable content.
Anyway, thank you for your continued support and be sure to check out Alex’s posts, which will come out every Wednesday. Also be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.
Learning to give a presentation effectively takes time and practice. And one thing that is difficult is learning to express yourself when giving a presentation. What I mean by expressing yourself it is being able to use the English language in a simple, clear and effective way that will help you communicating the message of your presentation. So what I recommend is heading over to the library, or your bookshelf, and start reading more.
Why reading works
I believe that the more you read, the more exposure you will have to how authors can only use words to express their feelings and messages; as a result, this will help you to express yourself better. This will not only benefit you when giving a presentation, but will also help you in your daily communications, whether personally or professionally.
Types of reading
Almost anything is good, however, fiction is what I would recommend because of the storytelling. So anything from children’s books, to comic books and everything in between are a good source of learning that will help you improve your presentation skills.
But don’t plagiarize
Whatever you read and learn will surely benefit your presentations, but just be sure not to plagiarize. If you must use something from a book you read, be sure to properly credit the author. The best thing to do is to take what you have read and somehow make it your own when preparing your presentations.
Hope that helps you and also gets you reading more.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
In this video you will learn about how to overcome your fear of giving a presentation. Overcoming the fear of giving a presentation or public speaking is probably the number one question I get asked. To be honest, I get asked a lot a very common presentations related questions. And I think I always say that each one is the biggest. Anyway, how to get over the fear of presenting is one of the top questions, if not the top, then it’s definitely in the top three.
Thanks for your patience as I’ve worked on other areas of my business. This site holds great meaning to me and I know it has helped many of you with your presentation skills.
I’m going to see how I can add more great presentation content to this site and help you continue to learn. If you have suggestions or ideas, please leave a comment and let me know. You can ask for more presentation expressions, videos, tips, tricks, anything. Not sure I can give you everything, but I’ll try!
Presentation skills are valuable to you and your career. I know that being a better presenter has certainly helped my career. I hope to continue helping you develop your presentation skills so you can find your own success, both professionally and personally.
Thank you once again and I look forward to hearing from you.
I often get questions and I’m happy to answer them. However, what bothers me is when people just don’t take the time to search for the answers or ask me to basically help them with creating the content for the presentation. Please…
#1 Do some work and search the site. Especially when it comes to how to start a presentation, there are several videos here and on my YouTube Channel to help you develop the content for the beginning of your presentation. There are also videos on my YouTube Channel about every other part of your presentation… if you just took the time to look.
#2 If you need help, show what you’ve done already so I can give you some feedback. I will not help you choose your content…unless you have something prepared already and want some ideas or feedback. Of if you are happy paying my consulting fees of US$200/hour, then I’d be happy to choose and help you prepare your presentation content.
#3 ASK for help, do not just request it by telling me to answer you. Being polite, even online, makes a big difference and demonstrates what kind of person you are.
That being said… or rather, that’s the end of my rant… here are answers to some of the questions I’ve received lately:
1. jane: hi good day!! just want to ask help I am going to present the topic about WORK/LIFE BALANCE, what should be my introduction?,Objective?
thanks I hope you can help me on this.
Jane, I honestly don’t know. That depends on your audience, purpose, etc. I have several videos about starting a presentation. Please search the site or visit my YouTube Channel and watch those videos.
2. farah: Hi carl,
I have a question regarding how to do practice at home to give presentation in front of audience or in a classroom as a lecturer?also what could we do to make our board work better..?
The best way to practice at home is with a video camera. Record yourself and watch the video to see how you can improve. However, there is no substitute for experience. You can practice in less threatening situations at first to gain confidence and to get feedback. Not sure what you mean by board work. Sorry.
3. ERAJ: hi, carl. i m feeling difficulty in giving my speech.my topic is how to write a report.this topic have not so much matter.?what should i do so that i can make it a 8 minute speech?
Give examples of how to write a report. There is LOTS of information online if you take the time to search for it. 8 minutes wouldn’t be long enough, in my opinion. Good luck.
4. masterstudent: Dear Sir,
I am master student and i have to defense my thesis but i do not know how to start the presentation how to welcome the committee and my supervisors and how to start the title and all other slides please need your help, and please send me the answer by email, my email is: @yahoo.com