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Liven Your Audience in a Speech Presentation – 3 Ways

Let us explore 3 ways to liven your audience today.

I once encountered an employee who refused a job promotion because the new job required her to speak publicly. If she had accepted the new post, it would have meant a 30% increase in her salary. Nevertheless, her fear of public speaking got the better of her. Today, she remains in her old job, happy, despite having to survive with a low salary 🙂

I am sure you have heard about the old adage that people fear speaking in public more than they fear dying. Before you repeat this phrase to anyone, know the origins of this saying first. A dubious research called the Bruskin Report was done in 1973 on the 14 greatest fears of Americans. Apparently, Americans at that time were most fearful of public speaking. For some strange reason, the findings of this research are still ignorantly repeated by many public speaking trainers until today.

Maybe at that time, dying was an abstract concept and appeared far away while the podium was right in front of them. Nevertheless, if you fear public speaking, you really can “grab the bull by its horns” and maybe you won’t enjoy it, but after a while, you’ll be able to get through it easier. Half of your battle is won if you just knowing what you are going to say, and anticipating what others are going to ask. Simple eh?

Here are 3 ways you could use to liven your audience

Has a boring speaker ever put you to sleep? As a speaker, have you put your audience to sleep? Your head begins to nod as you battle with the urge to slide blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. Has your mind ever wandered aimlessly during someone’s boring presentation? Although you tried to listen intently, what you were really thinking about were the many tasks waiting for you in the office.

Well, this has happened to me too, more than I would like to admit. God knows how many people I’ve put to sleep during my presentations too 🙂

However, prevent it from happening to you when you are the presenter. The key to keeping your audience alert is to involve them in your speech. Oh, yes! Studies have shown that the more you involve your listeners, the more they will be alert. Why? Because your engagement will enable them to absorb your presentation through more than one “sense”. The “sense” I am referring to here is the sense of sound, smell, touch, sight & hopefully taste.

You can involve your listeners in many ways. I have listed 3 of my favorites here. Try them all. Some will work well with your presentation and that feel genuine to you. If it feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable, therefore don’t use it. To a large extent, some of the 5 senses mentioned earlier will be naturally incorporated when you employ these methods.

1. High-five

This is one of my personal favorites but it depends on the seating arrangement & the nature of your speech. If you ever feel like the energy in the room is dull, you can uplift it by employing this technique. Simply ask a question. Ask, “Is this good stuff? Yes or yes?” Your audience will have no choice but to respond with “Yes”. Then say “Then, turn to the person on your left and give them a high-five and shout ‘This is good stuff!’” Most people will enjoy it. However, if you have anyone who does not want to participate, don’t worry about it. They probably have their own reasons and we respect them for their reasons.

In some cultures, women are not allowed to touch a man. Therefore, be sensitive to such situations and use the high-five appropriately. The high-five approach would be most suitable for a persuasive or motivational speech.

2. Do Exercises

I learned this technique from the famous millionaire T. Harv Ecker when I attended his “Millionaire Mind Intensive” workshop. He said, “Let your audience to do some work.” To achieve this, break them into small groups with people that they don’t know and give them a task that is relevant to your presentation. Later, ask them to share their findings with the rest of the group and thank them for doing so.

This method will work fine for workshops that involves small groups of people. You will experience a logistical nightmare if you try this with an audience of more than 50 people. If you really need to do this for large groups, then its best that you have a few assistants to help you.

3. Give Them a Gift

Reward your listeners for participating, and they will be more than happy to participate even more. Simply ask a question and when someone answers it (correctly or otherwise), get the audience to clap as a sign of encouragement. You can go one step further by giving them a gift if you are dealing with a small crowd. I find that chocolate works best. Chocolates have the ability to keep people mentally alert. You will find that it becomes a game and people will compete for the chocolate.

I don’t use this for all my speeches because as I mentioned earlier, it depends on the size of the crowd and seating arrangement.

There are numerous other techniques to prevent your audience from slipping blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. What is paramount is for you to cook up as many different methods as you can imagine that are suitable for your audience and for you as the speaker. Believe me, your audience will thank you for your original creativity.

I wish you well.

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What Qualities a Good Magento E-commerce Developer Should Possess?

eCommerce is the undeniable future of the retail industry and every new startup and old establishments have understood this very well. That is why every aspirant has a game plan to set up his/her eCommerce website. But for they all need a good Magento eCommerce developer that can do the coding for them and build their eCommerce Magento website.

All the entrepreneurs are looking for the best Magento eCommerce development company that can fulfill their every demand and then serve a little more. This hype in eCommerce has brought a drastic rise in Magento eCommerce Development companies across the globe. But not all of them are proficient enough to cater to their client’s every need.

If you are a Magento developer looking for tips to improve or an Entrepreneur who is willing to hire Magento eCommerce developers, this blog is for you. So without any further delay let’s have a look at some tips and necessary qualities needed in a Magento eCommerce developer.

What to look for in a Magento eCommerce developer

Choosing a good Magento eCommerce Development Company is like choosing a life partner. You need to have complete trust before getting into a (business) relationship. If you choose the wrong person then you end up stranded and half of your wealth gone done the drain. So to avoid this miserable fortune you must look for the following qualities in a Magento eCommerce development company.

• Your Magento developer should bring approaches that you or your competitors have not yet thought of. The developer who can bring a fresh perspective to an overexploited topic is sure worth his/her salt.

• The developer is expected to be there in times of crisis. Once you’ve launched your Magneto eCommerce website, there could be many security threats to be assessed and solved each day. This demands strict dedication from the Magento eCommerce developer that you hire.

• The Magento eCommerce development company that you decide to hire should have developers that know multiple programming languages. Even though you may only be using Magento platform, having developers that have knowledge about various coding language can come in handy.

• The developer that you hire should not just have the knowledge to build your eCommerce website but also how to handle mobile commerce (mCommerce) development in Magento platform.

• No code is ever bug-free. If you developer can’t solve his/her bugs then they are not good enough to be hired. Test them before hiring by giving them bugged codes to solve.

Tips to hire Magento eCommerce Developers:

• Go Global or Go Home

As an entrepreneur, you have two options to choose from; either hire a developer from your own city, state or go for off-shore developers in other countries. Both the options have their own pros and cons and it’s up to you to decide which is a better fit for you.

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If you choose in-country developers:



Your working hours would be the same, so maintaining continuous contact is possible. Sometimes a continuous contact may turn into micro-management which would hamper the developer’s creative freedom.
You can meet any time and catch-up on project status. By going with the in-country option you are limiting your options and you will have to adjust with the quality of Magento eCommerce developers that your country can offer.
Many times your country won’t be having resources that your particular project needs and this way you compromise with in-country development.

If you choose off-shore developers:



By going off-shore you are able to choose from the best Magento eCommerce developers in the world. Being in different time zones may affect communications as working hours differ.
Many times off-shore countries like India have very talented developers who are ready to work on fewer wages than the developers in-country. Language may become a problem if both the parties don’t have a common language to communicate in.

• Money on your mind

There have been many businessmen who made a solid bargain and lowered their development cost, but the result was that their developers were unenthusiastic towards the project and did just the bare minimum of the work.

If your mind is on the money more than the quality of work then you are doomed to fail. This doesn’t mean that you shell out every last penny just on the developers. You need to maintain the complex balance between the project’s cost and quality. The competition in the eCommerce industry is intense and to succeed you need some groundbreaking features that set your eCommerce Magento store unique from your competitors.

So you need to go for a Magento eCommerce development company that can give you a unique approach which will give you an edge over your competitors. Better to hire Magento eCommerce developer that costs more than the one that costs less and works less.

• Learn more than your competitors

Henry Ford once said, “It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” You need to go the extra mile that your competitors won’t go. Learn about the new trends about eCommerce development so that you can give right input to your Magento eCommerce developers. By learning more than what you should, you’ll earn more than what you would.

You must give your input to your Magneto developer just the way you give input to your sales team or administrative team. Build project plans together, create timelines and outline important features and milestones to be achieved. This will make the developers a part of your company and a part of your work culture.


It may seem difficult to hire a Magento eCommerce developer when you don’t have the technical knowledge for it. But if you follow this blog to the word and make sure to use all the aforementioned tips then you will hire Magento eCommerce developer that is perfect for your development needs. If your development needs are very high then it’s better to go for a professional Magento eCommerce development company.

Meet the COO of Excellent WebWorld and the web tech lover. Mahil has all the knowledge of Drupal development , Website Design and Magento eCommerce Development Services. His blogs are helping lots of start-ups to understand how to improve the website performance and how to enhance the web designs.

Time Management in Public Speaking

No one ever complains about a speech being too short. ― Ira Hayes You guessed right. Time and tide waits for no man.

Timeliness is a very important aspect of delivering a speech. By ending your speech on time, you are showing respect to your audience. If you have superb command of vocabulary, planned your speech objectives well and rehearsed it in advance, yo should not have any problems in ending your speech on time.

Under the best conditions, a person will concentrate on your speech for as many minutes as their age. A two-year-old child will listen for two minutes, a five year old will listen for five minutes, a fifteen-year-old child will listen for 15 minutes and so on up to the age of 20. After that, it tapers off. As a result, it is imperative to get to point within your allocated time.

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I have not come across an audience who ever said “Man, I wish that speaker went over by 15 minutes.” Time limits are there for a good reason. Respect those limits to show you care about your audience.

Good Luck in your next presentation.

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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9 Tips for Handling a Question & Answer Session

How you handle a question & answer session can often be the crucial factor as to how your presentation is viewed upon. If you’re pitching for business, then you better handle the questions properly.

1. Be prepared for questions

– When you rehearse your sales pitch, anticipate what you’re likely to be asked and what your answer is going to be. If you have done the same presentation more than once, this should not be a problem anymore. Your previous experience in handling similar questions will give you the necessary confidence. You might not want to answer a particular question there and then, so think about what you’ll say to satisfy the audience. Perhaps giving them your email address & asking them to write to you might help. This is especially necessary for long winded questioners & equally long winded answers.

2. Set the rules at the start

– You may want to take questions as you speak or at the end of your talk. Whatever your decision, mention it at the start and stick to the game plan. I would suggest questions at the end of a particular subject & before moving on to the next subject. This will help the audience to fully understand the first subject before moving on to the next subject. If you take questions as you go, then your timing will be affected. You may also lose your train of thought & deviate from the original matter. Remember, your audience won’t forgive you for taking half an hour when you were only supposed to speak for fifteen minutes.

3. Don’t keep the Q&A session to the end

– It is better to ask for questions five or ten minutes before the end, handle the questions and then sum up your speech for an elegant finish. This will ensure that you conclude your speech on your terms & not on the terms of the audience. Quite often, presentations finish on questions and the whole thing goes a bit flat – especially if you don’t get any questions from the audience. Worse still, what if you were facilitating a controversial subject in which the audience were hostile towards you? If you terminate your speech immediately after the Q&A session, you are going to increase their hostility towards you. Therefore, I would suggest that you summarize your speech elegantly after the Q&A session before you leave the stage.

4. Listen

– When asked a question, listen with your eyes & ears. Many people “listen to answer” instead of listening to understand. When you practice listening with both your eyes & ears, you will eventually learn to listen with your heart. When you listen with your heart, you will be able to answer from your heart. This ability will open a whole new dimension in communication skills for you. Your audience will simply love you because you now “seek first to understand” before attempting to be understood. The question may be something you’ve heard a many times before. Treat the questioner with respect and don’t trivialize their point.

5. Thank the questioner

– It’s only polite, it shows that you respect them and it buys you a bit more time to craft your answer. Thanking the questioner will also encourage others to ask questions. Hopefully, this is what you want… 🙂

6. Repeat the gist of the question

– The rest of the audience may not have heard the question so your answer may not make any sense to them. The people who did not hear the question could get mentally “disconnected” from you in the process. Again, repeating the essence of the question gives you more time to think of a good answer and it makes you look knowledgeable.

7. Answer to entire room

– Don’t get caught into having a one-to-one dialogue with the questioner. Remember, while the question may “belong” to the questioner, the answer belongs to everyone in the room. This is because the answer may be relevant to more than one person in the room. If they happen to be near the front then step back, look at the entire audience before answering.


– Keep It (your answers) Short & Simple. Some speakers, have the tendency to give long winded answers. This could be an indication that they are afraid to take on the next question. Therefore, they buy time by rambling. If you had prepared your presentation well, you should not be worried about handling questions. After all, if you don’t understand or don’t want to answer a particular question, you can always ask the audience to email the question to you 🙂 So don’t worry, be jolly 🙂

9. Don’t fake an answer

– If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so and promise to find out. Ask the questioner to leave his email address with your staff so that you can reply to him at a later stage with a proper answer. Your audience will respect you for your humility. It can even be a good way to make further contact after the presentation. Remember, there will always things you simply don’t know, and it’s pointless to try to talk your way out of a question. Frankly speaking, I’ve never had all the answers to all MY questions all my life. Therefore, if I can’t answer many of my own questions, I don’t suppose that I can answer every question from the audience.

It’s also possible that you may not be asked any questions and you then have that deafening silence. People may be digesting what you’ve just said and may require more time to ask. They may also be a bit shy and may take a few minutes to come out of their cocoon. Under such circumstances it is best to have a set of “frequently asked questions” to get the ball rolling. If you still fail to get any questions after you have exhausted all your FAQ’s then go straight into your summary and closing statement.

Handling a question and answer session well, demonstrates your professionalism and will reflect well on you. I wish you well in your next Q&A session. Remember, nothing beats adequate preparation so prepare well in order to heighten your level of confidence.

Be brave, just do. Be brave, be you!

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6 Tips for a Keynote Speaker

As you rise to high levels of leadership in your community, you are bound to be invited as a keynote speaker to highlight some important occasion. You could be the keynote speaker or the guest of honor. This “career progression” is inevitable. It’s going to happen to you some day. You will be most likely selected due to your popularity and / or achievements. Your profession or nature of accomplishment must have been in some way related to the occasion in order for you to be invited.

Regardless of the reason, know that you were invited because your community had held you in a high level of admiration or respect. To leave a long lasting impression on the audience, you need to improvise methods to keep their attention glued to you.

The good news is, by virtue of their respect for you, they will, to a certain extent give you their full attention anyway. However, you can’t take things for granted & expect them to be attentive towards you throughout your entire speech. It is said that with each year of a person’s age, his attention span will grow by one minute. Therefore, theoretically speaking, 15 years old kids will generally start to lose their concentration after 15 minutes if you do nothing about it. It’s also said that after 20 minutes, regardless of the age of the person, this growth in attention span starts to taper out.

Therefore, if you are the invited guest speaker of an event, the suggestions below may help to keep your audience listening instead of mentally “tuning out.”

Keynote Speaker Tip 1

Speak in a clear, crisp & comprehensible voice with an enthusiastic tone. The audience must feel the essence of your emotions through your enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling. Try not to swallow your words as if there’s a gum in your mouth. In order for you to know whether you are guilty of any of the above, make an audio recording of your speech using your mobile phone. Pass this recording to a friend in order to get an (hopefully) unbiased opinion about your speech.

Keynote Speaker Tip 2

Your speech should be congruent with the purpose of the gathering, touching on issues relevant to its objective and applicable to the current needs of the audience. This would certainly require you to do some homework prior to attending the event. If you are a member of a Toastmasters Club, you could do a test run of your speech there & get unbiased feedback from the qualified evaluators. If you are not a Toastmaster yet, it’s about time you became one today.

Keynote Speaker Tip 3

Incorporate humor into your presentation to keep the audience alert. Studies reveal that, when humor is used, audiences find the speaker interesting to listen to. A note of caution though. Your humor must be relevant to the subject matter. Only then it will look natural & be meaningful. Try your best to use humor to reinforce your message rather that to use it simply to make people laugh. Remember, this is not a stand-up comedy session. This is a keynote address.

Keynote Speaker Tip 4

When you raise an issue, a suggested way to project it is by citing instances or examples. Correlate the example and the issue clearly. You could follow the following structure which goes by the acronym P.R.E.P.
P – Point. State your point.
R – Reason. State your reason.
E – Example. State an example.
P – Point. State your point once more.

Keynote Speaker Tip 5

As a keynote speaker or guest of honour, you will be most likely required to deliver an inspiring / motivational speech. Therefore, strive to deliver a speech filled with positive thoughts like forecasting a bright tomorrow. You have the power to turn a depressive atmosphere into an enthusiastic one. If you are well versed with the industry & have a good proposal to make, then say it. In the process of suggesting your proposal, plant the image in the minds of the audience as to how the industry will look like 5 or 10 years from now. Plant the image of positivity. Be specific and realistic in your projection. If hard work is required, say so. Sometimes, it pays to call a spade a spade 🙂

Keynote Speaker Tip 6

Leave a lasting, meaningful message as you conclude your speech. In order to do this effectively, try to end your speech with a personal story that reinforces your message. Personal stories have a queer way of lingering in the minds of people long after the speech is over. Such speeches will also leave the audience remembering you for a loooooooooong time…

All the best to you in your next keynote address. Remember, it was no accident that you were selected as guest of honour. It was meant to be…

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