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Virtual Presentation Skills:
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Did you know that to be successful, virtual presentations require different tactics than in-person meetings do? That’s because it’s much harder to tell whether or not your audience is truly engaged when you can’t see them.
Let me share a cautionary tale. An insurance exec I know – Pete — was quite confident in his webinar delivery skills – even to the point of arrogance. He often bragged about his virtual facilitation skills to colleagues and supervisors alike. “Webinars? Piece of cake. Everyone loves my webinars.”
I was observing Pete facilitating one of his regular weekly WebEx team meeting when we heard a beep-boop-beep on the line: the sound of a phone being dialed. When he asked who was making that sound, he was met with silence.
You’re giving an important presentation to audience members who might not be entirely sympathetic.
Maybe it’s delivering news of downsizing, or a reduction in hours. Maybe it’s sharing bad sales statistics. Or, maybe it’s trying to sell an idea for change that’s not popular.
Whatever the message, the people staring back at you from the seats probably don’t know who you are.
They are a captive audience, compelled to attend your talk by company policy or their managers, whether they like it or not.
You already know they are not inclined to think about the issue or idea you’re presenting the same way that you do. So, now what?
If your goal is to open or even change their minds — to persuade, to get them to take the action you need them to take or see the issue in a more favorable light — what are your options?
What makes a truly inspiring leader?
Is it charisma? Confidence? Integrity? Authenticity? The ability to engage and motivate?
BRODY’s Director of Training & Senior Facilitator Amy Glass believes it’s all that and so much more.
How you speak to others, how you respond, how you listen — all of those important communication skills — play a major part in demonstrating executive presence.
Amy will be delivering a workshop on this important topic, “Executive Presence: Increasing Your Command, Confidence & Credibility,” at the ASTD Philadelphia 2014 Regional Conference next Wednesday, May 21.
While the debate as to whether leaders are born or made continues to rage on, research has repeatedly shown that leadership traits can be learned and honed through practice. So, why not sidestep the debate entirely and become proactive?
Whether you believe it or not, the introduction to any presentation is the most important part.
It’s the presenter’s chance to grab his or her audience members’ attention in an inspiring and compelling way that will make them sit up and pay full attention.
If you don’t get your listeners’ attention during the opening few minutes, it’s unlikely they’ll be paying enough attention for anything you say later.
As I researched the most famous speeches of all time for my previous blog, I couldn’t help but notice that most were delivered by men. But of course, women are equally capable of giving a persuasive, inspiring and memorable speech.
That’s why I went out of my way to cite Susan B. Anthony’s words in that post, instead of showing the usual ones from the likes of Lincoln, Kennedy, Churchill, or Dr.
Happy President’s Day! On this day that celebrates our first and 16th presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, let’s look back at other historical figures of note — specifically those whose presentation skills were extraordinary.
Lincoln, of course, is a well-known example of superb oratory skills — his Gettysburg Address is often cited as a classic speech.
If you frequently give speeches or presentations, you probably already know the basics of good speechwriting.
You know that knowing your audience, along with the right message and the most effective delivery are three vital components of a good presentation.
What makes a speech not just good, but great? What makes a presentation something that your audience will leave buzzing about? What makes a speech inspirational, moving, and highly memorable?