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Presentations Without Slides

The greater part of the presentations made these days are made with the assistance of slides, such as PowerPoint or Prezi. There are also class instructors and speakers who use slides to make the educating and learning process easier. An expert presenter will try to decrease the utilization of slides, as slides have the tendency to rob the presenter of his / her stage presence.

Presentations without slides could be boring without music & graphics. Slide presentations more often than not give a change to the audience in the introduction, and furthermore give the group some visual clarifications to the points that are being told in the introduction. Without slides in the introduction, it is critical that the presenter use some imagination in the introduction. This is because it is imagination that will keep the audience on their tenterhooks in the presentation!

The most essential thing to remember is to precisely comprehend what you are talking about. If you are knowledgeable with the matter you mean to present, you can introduce it without the assistance of slides. In any case, understanding the intellectual level of your audience will help you decide on whether to use slides or not.

When starting the introduction, you need to present it while keeping the end of the presentation in mind. As Dr. Stephen Covey said in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, “begin with the end in mind.” You need to know what the purpose of your presentation is, & stick to the purpose. Ensure you see, hear and feel what precisely it is that you need people to react to in whatever it is that you say. Make a powerful start to your introduction. Without slides, it is particularly vital that the first words and your appearance set the correct tone for the crowd to hear you out all through the presentation. One of the most ideal methods for making an association with the audience without the assistance of slides is to tell a story, or a tale that is relevant to your main point.

One of the fundamental things that must be done when giving a presentation is to practice on the speech as much as possible. This is the main method for delivering a smooth speech. As a rule of the thumb, a one-minute speech requires at least five minutes of rehearsals. Rehearsals cannot be delegated. This is one aptitude that can’t be appointed to any other person. One of the best strategies to execute for practice is called Bits. Here one practices a short “bit” of material again and again until perfect. It is not necessarily rehearsed word for word. One simply needs to talk one’s way through the presentation! Along these lines, one can easily deliver a presentation, even if there is a distraction from the audience.

If slides are not used as a part of a presentation, it is critical that other props be used. “A picture paints a thousand words”, said Frederick R. Barnard in 1921. A prop does the same. With props, people tend to remember point easily. It is no different if the prop is big, small, humorous or serious, as long as it relates to the point that you are making and that the audience see it! Another method for ensuring that the audience adore you are to offer solutions for the issues they have. With your research of the audience, you would now have a thought to what their issues are; it is just up to you to convey new solutions to them.

Keep in mind that when you are not utilizing slides, you are the visual guide of the presentation. Individuals will then acquire enthusiasm for whatever it is that you say, and not focus on your attractive slides or overheads. Remember, you are the presentation, not your slides. So essentially, without slides, it is imperative that the speaker be more confident and knowledgeable in his / her speech. Without this, it might be very difficult to envision giving a presentation without slides!

Avoiding a Panic Attack During Public Speaking

Many individuals relate panic attacks to public speaking. They more often than not have felt nervousness delivering a presentation. That past bad memory may return once more causing a similar uneasiness. Public speakers who experience the ill effects of an anxiety attack are continually seeking for a cure.

May’s Story

May had a history of anxiety when she entered secondary school. Her mom and brother had a background marked by nervousness too. May had decided to avoid her public speaking class until her last semester of school. Keeping in mind the end goal was to graduate, she would eventually need to take the class.

In spite of the fact that she had never been diagnosed for stage fright, May had constantly feared the public speaking class. Simply standing up before a class of her companions made her feel tipsy and queasy.

From the first day she strolled into class, her lecturer could see how anxious she was. He came up to May after class and talked about her discomfort with this public speaking class. May talked about her physical response to speaking before her companions. She disclosed to her instructor how she was:

    Dizzy
    Nauseous
    Extremely Anxious
    Short of Breath

Her lecturer was familiar with the indications of stage fright and particularly with students feeling awkward about talking before their peers. Her lecturer recalled his experience riding a train across the countrysides of India. Looking out of the window he noticed that some horses feed near the track and never bother to look up at the thundering cars, while just ahead at the next railroad crossing a farmer will be anxiously trying to quiet his frightened horses as the train goes by. May’s lecturer realized that the best way to cure a horse that is afraid of trains is to get the horse to graze at a pasture where it would frequently see the trains. The horses will eventually become desensitized of the thundering cars over time.

To help May overcome her fears, the lecturer prescribed that May stands up before her family every time she needed to talk that night.

So May disclosed to her family what she was attempting to do to help get over her dread of public speaking. At supper, May stood up each time she made a request for some food to be passed to her. Before bed, she remained before her folks and siblings and did an imaginary speech.

Albeit talking before her family was not the same as talking before her companions, it helped her get through the following day of class without having a panic attack. May felt awkward amid her public speaking class but managed to get through the class.

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As the semester proceeded on, May solicited the help of some of her companions to go to her home the night before she had a major presentation due. She would then practice her presentation on her friends until she could get past it without an extreme measure of tension.

The procedure May used to defeat her stage fright is called deliberate desensitization and is a commonly utilized solution for individuals experiencing panic attacks. It works for horses & it will also work for humans. In the public speaking arena, it is called increasing your stage time.

Go ahead and try deliberate desensitization for yourself. It may work for you too.

Top 4 Startup Trends for 2017 – #Cashless, #Coworking, #Bootstrapping, #MadeinIndia

It’s kind of hard to predict what’s going to happen to the startup scene in India this year, but I’ll take a chance and make some informed predictions. One big issue that’s affected everyone is demonetization, so no points for guessing that #cashless startups that help your business go digital in any way will be one of the startup trends for 2017. Here are some trends for the future which may serve to motivate you to read further.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Cashless

This was the year when small card readers, mobile payment systems and apps, ecommerce site developers and other such providers finally stopped searching for work. They spend their time now by completing the huge backlog of work accumulated by the two hard and cold months of winter. That’s why #cashless startups will be the ones showing the biggest gains this year, and many of them will go on to become large companies in a year or two. It’s a good bet that there’s a Flipkart or Infosys in there somewhere.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Coworking

Another big trend for startups, especially those in the big metro cities in India, is to avoid keeping staff cooped up in offices from 9-5. They’re giving their startups all the freedom needed to work from anywhere, at any time. This has led to a boom in co-working spaces in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and other major cities.

New startup founders want to be a part of the scene in the tech hubs, but they can’t afford the rent. The alternative is to co-work from one of the shared spaces in these hubs. You don’t get your own private office, but you do have a good business address, desk space to work from anytime you want, free wifi, and meeting rooms in case you have a meeting with a client or your own team.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #Bootstrapping

Yet another trend for startups this year is to avoid taking funding and go #cashless, but in a different way – by #bootstrapping. Looking at how Stayzilla and others are facing heat after taking and spending millions from investors, many startup founders are now figuring out that it may be better to bootstrap by funding operations through sales revenue.

It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend only what you earn. You can invest your own personal funds as seed funding. The idea of bootstrapping is to avoid talking on debt or bringing in outside investors. If you only spend your own money and what you earn from sales, then you have no obligation to bankers, sundry lenders and/or investors. It’s a clean and neat way to run a startup, and the startup ecosystems in the country are now mature enough to support bootstrap startups even without funding.

Top Startup Trends for 2017 – #MadeinIndia

Speaking of startup support, the Govt. of India has recently stepped up support for startups in many ways. There’s a Rs. 10,000 crore corpus Fund of Funds that was launched to support the various programmes under the Startup India initiative. The government is also actively trying to prop up the manufacturing sector through incentives being provided under initiatives such as Make in India and #MadeinIndia. With so much money under different government initiatives flowing into startups that produce 100% local made products, you can expect a huge number of them trying to portray themselves as a part of the #MadeinIndia brigade, if only to get the government benefits.

It all ties in very nicely. Government support for #bootstrapped startups located in #coworking spaces, helping small businesses go #cashless and proud to be #MadeinIndia

Better Public Speaking – 5 Surefire Tips

If you search Google for the term “public speaking fear” you will get not less than 48 million search results. Out of that 48 million search results, these are arguably the best 5 surefire tips to better public speaking. 48 million search results may appear overwhelming, but frankly speaking, when you have to be the one standing in front of the room, suddenly it seems that there isn’t enough information in the world that could get you over your fears.

Well, the good news is most of those fears are self imposed. Remember, anything that does not add to your presence will most likely rob you of your presence. If you radiate the vibes of fear while presenting, it will most likely rob you of your presence. There are of course exceptions to this rule. If you are telling a horror story, you are expected to radiate the vibes of fear.

Barring such a ‘horrorfying” scenario, here are some suggestions that may appear obvious, but when you implement them, will really make you peaceful and calm, trust yourself.

Presenting Skill #1

Know your subject matter well. As a rule of the thumb, for every one minute that you speak on a particular subject, you must have sufficient material to speak for an additional 10 minutes on the same matter. Explained slightly differently, you need to know the topic like the back of your hand. You must be prepared to handle any question that is thrown at you. You really need to be prepared to reach this level. You need to know your subject almost by heart; you need to be familiar with the products you will be discussing. Do your research well and you will have the confidence to take on the world. This confidence will come with knowledge. Trust yourself!

Presenting Skill #2

Arrive early and befriend as many of the attendees prior to your speech as possible. By doing so, you will have to opportunity to establish common ground with your audience during your speech. Establishing common ground is necessary for you to relate to the audience based on similar life experiences, belief systems and values. In this case, familiarity does not breed contempt, but rather, it promotes confidence. The more friends you have in the room, the more relaxed you will be.

Presenting Skill #3

Animate your speech using your voice, facial expression & hand gestures. Good communication is not necessarily mouth-centric. Professor Albert Mehrabian of UCLA coined a formula that goes like this. Total Liking (of a speaker) = 7% Verbal Liking + 38% Vocal Liking + 55% Facial Liking. This goes to show how important your non verbal communication is.

To be an effective communicator, you have to use your entire body, vocal variation and words, of course. Gestures and body language add energy and enthusiasm to your speech.

Presenting Skill #4

Ask questions (and for crying out loud, wait for an answer!). Questions will cause your audience to think of an answer. They can’t help it – it is simply the way our brains operate. The important aspect of asking questions is to wait at least 5 seconds for an answer. If nobody answers your question, never mind. At least they will think about your question for a while. That’s exactly what you want them to do anyway. If they do answer your question, very good. You will now have an opportunity to establish common ground with your audience.

Apart from establishing common ground, asking questions also helps to raise the energy level in the room. Don’t worry about losing control of your audience by asking them questions. When you ask questions, you are actually in control of the room.

I personally prefer a set of 3 questions which is:-
“How many of you would like to…,” and then I ask for a show of hands.
“How many of you would like not like to…,” and then I ask for a show of hands. Notice that the second question is the opposite of the first. Finally, the third question will definitely elicit some laughs in the room. Here it goes:-
“How many of you will not raise your hands no matter what I ask?”

These closed-ended questions get your audience involved both mentally and physically.

Presenting Skill #5

Get the audience to finish your sentence. For example, if you said to your audience, “An apple a day keeps the doctor . . .” and did not finish the sentence, what do you think they would say? Most English educated audience would respond with “Away!” This is a jovial way to encourage audience participation. If they know the answer, they will blurt it out. If they don’t, you answer it. Choose something that should be so obvious they will absolutely get it.

Similar to Presenting Skill #4, this suggestion will help build energy in the room, establish common ground with the audience and make your presentations lively.

Today, I’ve presented you with 5 powerful ideas which will elevate your public speaking skills. Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to electrify your next presentation, 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 http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ 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.

I wish you well.

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Practice Makes Professionals

Preparation and rehearsals are the basic foundation for an excellent speech. You should never ignore it. Practice you must as practice makes professionals. You’ve probably heard this a million times anyway.

90 percent of how well your talk will be is determined before you step on the stage. ― Somers White

How to practice a speech effectively? Yes, it involves doing some weird—standing in your living room talking to no one but your furniture. However, during your practice, remember that your goal is to create an emotional connection with the audience. Always ask yourself what you want your audience to feel or do as the last golden word escapes your lips. Building a relationship with your audience is the most powerful thing you can do as a speaker.

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As you practice your next speech along these objectives, you’ll be prepared for success the next time your step on the stage. Ten years after your speech, the audience may have forgotten what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

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 http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ 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.