12 JUNE 2014PROOFS
HOW DO I HANDLE CLIENT QUESTIONS OR INTERRUPTIONS?
In order to control an audience and prevent them from interrupting your speech, it’s best to begin
your speech by stating a simple outline such as how long the speech will take, and give a reminder to
please turn of all cell phones. Make it very clear as to if and when you would like to hold a question
and answer session and then begin your speech.
HOW CAN I CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PRACTICE
It is important to practice your speech as if there is an audience in front of you. Try to practice your
speech during a lunch break or create a group of two or three co-workers who also have to give a
speech. Tat way you have support and are able to receive feedback from your peers.
HOW DO I IMPROVE MY OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS?
Make sure you practice your openings and closings until you feel completely confdent. Some people
open with a quote, a statistic, or ask a question to the audience. When closing be sure to include a
call to action and summarize your speech with a personal experience so that the audience can relate
to your story.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES MADE IN
Since speaking is an acquired skill, it’s important to prepare and rehearse so that you leave a great
impression. Remember not to read your speech word for word but rather summarize key points.
Share your enthusiasm on your subject and be sure to take time to personally meet several audience
members before and after your speech.
HOW DO I AVOID THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF ANXIETY?
To relieve nervous tension, try stretching and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to hear your favorite
motivational song playing in your head to give you a sense of empowerment. Remember to smile
when you begin your speech.
HOW DO I MAKE MY SPEECH STAND OUT?
It’s imperative to have an emotional connection with your audience by sharing your personal
experiences so that your speech will be memorable. Try sharing a case study or tell a personal story.
Be sure to include a brief explanation of who you are and your past accomplishments to establish
It’s important to address these ten presentation skills questions so that your sales team will feel
more confdent when giving a speech. Being able to express yourself in a clear, confdent manner is
essential to your success. As you build your skills and gain confdence, you’ll learn how to plan and
deliver your presentation in a professional manner. After practicing and honing your presentation
skills, you will be able to speak confdently to both small groups and large audiences.
Scott Topper, three-time Emmy-nominated TV show host and corporate improv skills coach, helps organizations and individuals learn business improvisational skills and theatrical techniques to achieve better sales
presentation results and gain confidence through his fun, interactive corporate presentation skills workshops.
Scott offers a monthly coaching mentoring newsletter, and has authored over 30 public speaking books, audio
books, workbooks, DVDs, and downloadable confident speaking courses. For more information about Scott,
contact him at www.IMproSolutions.com, (818) 640-6100, or Scott@IMproSolutions.com.
YOUR TEAM’S TOP 10 PRESENTATION QUESTIONS