Do you remember in school, standing in front of the classroom, presenting something, or reading a story? You focused on the words as best you could, processing them enough to repeat them? Your only emotion was fear of being there and optimism for your survival?
The first time you were called on at work to speak in a meeting or present some information, you had a flashback to your school-age terror. Most of your brain left the room. You were more interested in ending than whether anyone was listening. Familiar? Would you like to be interesting?
Speech coach for executives, George Torok, suggests how. Be fully present when you speak.
What happens when you keep your speech more interesting? Your audience will listen attentively to your words. People will think about your message. Your listeners are more likely to act on your call to action.
When those three things happen you know you delivered a successful presentation. So how can you keep your speech more interesting?
First you must realize that making your speech interesting is not something you do one time. You must keep injecting interesting moments throughout your presentation - much like adding spice to your cooking. If you want to make your meal more interesting you will include a variety of flavors and textures that stimulate the palate of your guests.
Delivering an effective speech is similar. You want to stimulate the minds of your listeners. So, what can you do to make your speech more interesting?
You can deliver more interesting and effective presentations by being present when you speak. What does that mean? Your audience must feel that you are there in the room with them - body, mind and soul. They must feel that you want to be there, that you are listening as well as talking and that you truly care about their best interests.
How can you demonstrate that?
Transform your speech into a conversation instead of a lecture. Think of how you might feel when the speaker is lecturing at you. That might feel rather cold. Lectures are often delivered by parents to children. Neither party enjoys them. They tend to be a one way communication. The listeners are usually made to feel small.
Use these techniques to be present when you present...
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