JUNE 2014PROOFS 11
DOES THE AUDIENCE REALLY LISTEN OR DO THEY JUST READ THE
It is good practice to keep your PowerPoint presentation under one hour, and try to only use the slides
to enhance your speech. Te less information you place on the slide the better — two to three bullet
points works best. Don’t read the slides and keep them simple. It’s best to use a white background, as
many people print out the presentation. Ask the audience for questions as you go along so that the
audience feels engaged.
HOW MANY HEAD AND HAND MOVEMENTS ARE TOO MANY?
Since more than half of all human communication takes place nonverbally, audiences judge us
based on what they hear and what they see. It’s important to have control over your body language.
Movement has to be supportive of the message. Your head, eyes, and facial expressions usually convey
your true feelings, so it’s important to communicate with sincerity to connect with your audience.
Your hands can be used to express emotion and to emphasize a point. Don’t keep your hands in your
pockets or behind your back.
HOW DO I GAIN CONFIDENCE AND KEEP PEOPLE ENTERTAINED?
It is important to talk about a subject you enjoy and that you know really well so that you can
improvise and keep it light. By being yourself and telling a personal story or using appropriate humor,
the audience will relate to you easier. Confdence comes with practice and your ability to give your
speech with your own personal touch.
HOW DO I PREVENT MY FACE FROM GETTING RED RIGHT BEFORE
Visualize yourself giving a successful speech. Remain excited to share your information with your
audience. Remember that the audience is interested in what you have to say and that they are your
friends. Be sure to take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before
walking up to the microphone.
Public speaking can change you as a person and boost your confdence. You learn how to express
yourself clearly and get your message across. Being able to speak in front of an audience is a key
ingredient of success, because the benefts of public speaking are huge. From delivering a formal
speech to attending business meetings and answering questions for your boss, public speaking is an
important part of your career.
In a survey taken by more than 50 business sales professionals during a presentation skills training
workshop, key questions and concerns on how to become a confdent public speaker were highlighted.
Here are their main concerns:
YOUR TEAM’S TOP 10 PRESENTATION QUESTIONS