6 Keys to Improving your Presentations

June 19, 2013 by  

Here are 6 impactful techniques to make your presentations more effective.
1. Smile….this makes you look confident and happy and helps to establish trust with your audience. Make your smile true, use your eyes and your mouth!
2. Create meaningful visuals….our brain remembers images more vividly than text, so choose reinforcing images to support your words.
3. Energize your voice……flat, passionless speech is boring and hard to focus on, if you infuse your voice with emotion and animation your audience will remain more fully engaged in your delivery….you will be more interesting!
4. Involve your audience…..we retain almost 90% of what we say and do, your listeners want to be active participants in their learning experience and if they are they will be able to pay attention and retain what they learn.
5. Enjoy yourself…..if you are not having fun how can you expect your audience to be enjoying themselves. If you are well prepared you should be able to revel in presenting material that you understand, appreciate and value.
6. Tell stories…..be sure they are relevant and meaningful, people love stories and will remember them and the concept you are illustrating.

The results for you from the implementation of these 6 key issues will be greatly increased confidence, competence, and delivery power. You will be more relaxed and natural and this will be reflected in your audience and their take- aways. Public speaking should be fun…practice these elements and you will definitely experience more enjoyment when you make a presentation. Plus you will be more appreciated by your audience!

10 Ways to Become an Excellent Trainer

June 12, 2013 by  

In order to be considered a good trainer you need to be able to engage your audience and perpetuate that engagement throughout your session/s. This outcome requires preparation, ingenuity and curiosity. The more interactive you can make your presentations; the more retentive learning will occur in your training room…and the more both you and your attendees with enjoy the educational experience.
1. Stories are an excellent way to illustrate concepts.
People love stories and can relate to them as long as they resonate with why they are learning this strategy or how it can be applied to their situation. Anecdotes help us to understand the world around us and how it works. Story telling is an art, so refine this ability so that you will provide your students with memorable material.
2. How can you stand out from the crowd?
Dare to be different…present your concepts in an interesting manner. Establish your own style by appearing unique. Conjure up ways that will make yourself more un usual; think about what to wear, how to explain a topic, what visuals to use, what sorts of exercises to include. Be sure to make it all appropriate for the audience to which you will be speaking.
3. Provide Solutions.
People who come to a course are looking for a specific skill or fill a certain need. They have an issue and are looking for a resolution. Consider yourself a doctor who wants to help a patient overcome an illness or condition. Try to understand the problem, look for symptoms, search for the root causes, provide a possible diagnosis, and offer a treatment. Make the solution meaningful to the attendees with compelling reasons why they might consider adopting this approach.
4. Produce a Quality Class.
People admire quality and appreciate those who plan meticulously and systematically. Be sure your content is up to date and timely. Relate examples of the latest trends in the industry, show in depth analyses, charts or short videos that illustrate the complexity of the topic. This demonstrates your efforts toward helping the audience to understand the complex elements in a clear, simple and concise manner.
5. Communicate in a meaningful, engaging manner.
Training is about engaging others to the point so that they will actually compute the messages you are delivering in a way that will allow them to understand and remember what you have shared with them. Excellent training requires a great deal of preparation. You need to challenge them, entice them to begin with and then build on the module to grab and hold their attention. In order to keep them interested and focussed, you must exude enthusiasm and knowledge . Ultimately your goal is to bring them to a new understanding and possible acceptance of new habits.
6. Surprise Your Audience
In order to engage your audience, surprise is a great attention getter. Doing something unusual is memorable….if you can introduce an exercise, analogy or story that explains or demonstrates the concept in a surprising manner you will have a much better chance that your audience will remember the point.
7. Make Your Audience Laugh
Some topics can be dull or boring; if that is the case, the more entertaining you can be, the more likely they will stay engaged. People experience more retentive learning when they are enjoying the session.
8. Most People are Visual Learners
Images are much more memorable than words and people relate to them better, in fact your mind can recall images more easily than verbal descriptions. So, employ clip art, short videos, pictures, or props for anything with complex visual information. It will make the course more interesting and offer the attendees a better handle for remembering what was taught.
9. Use Metaphors in your Descriptions
Metaphors help people to better grasp a concept by relating one element to another one that is familiar to them. These examples provide free associations which enhance memory. This is another way to increase the retentiveness of your materials for the audience.
10. This is About Your Audience
Remember that your audience should be the focus of your training. Delivering training is not about you demonstrating how much you know about a particular topic, rather it is about helping your attendees to gain new knowledge and skills that you are able to make meaningful and valuable for them due to your expertise.

Being an Excellent Trainer, once again, involves a great deal of preparation and practice. Hone your personal presentation style, be engaging, entertaining and informative in ways that capture the interest and focus of your audience so that they will leave your session with new approaches to deal with the situations they face in their lives.

Key Ways to Combat Workplace Stress

June 2, 2013 by  

All of us experience stress at work, it is usually beyond our control unless we adopt the right attitude toward dealing what comes our way.

Here are 7 ways to deflect and prevent stressors:
1. Use open and honest communication with your colleagues…this will ensure less conflict, more trust, respect and rapport. Ultimately it will spawn a higher happiness factor which will result in increased efficiency, productivity and creativity.
2. Espouse a positive attitude…it is only thing that we have total control over and if you face the day with a positive outlook you will be able to better deal with whatever challenges you face with the expectation of resolving it successfully.
3. Be accepting and non-judgmental of others….it is part of being honest and respectful and builds better relationships and more win/win outcomes in difficult situations if we can understand another’s perspective on any given issue.
4. Employ effective time management, organizational skills and realistic goal setting in your daily tasks. A person who can prioritize well, use blocks of time efficiently and keep to expected time lines will be a valuable asset to the team.
5. Use mistakes, yours and others, as opportunities to learn. We are all human so we sometimes make poor decisions….as long as we repair the damage effectively and devise future strategies to prevent the repetition of the error, we should be fine with imperfections.
6. Be accountable for all that you do. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is essential for building trust and reliability among team members…when people know they can trust you to follow through stress will be greatly reduced.
7. Enjoy a healthy, appreciative, interested approach to your job. The more challenged we feel, the more acknowledged, supported and respected we are, the deeper our commitment to purpose and the fuller will be the satisfaction we will receive from our work.

If we practice these elements of behaviour and attitude our lives will be enriched and much less stressful.
Remember...stress is different things to different people, if we can employ behaviours that bring on fewer complications in any situation we will all experience less stress and more happiness in our workplace.