“Stop talking about yourself.”
“Don’t praise yourself.”
“Don’t blow your own trumpet.”
We have grown up listening to all this stuff, haven’t we? People have been keen on teaching us lessons on humility. Actions speak louder than words, true, but if we don’t tell people what we can do we might not get the chance to perform the action. You have to selflessly promote yourself to come to notice of people. In this crowd of millions you have to screech and tell why you are the best.
These days everybody is busy in shameless self promotion through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and what not. Everybody is busy whistling about the self everywhere. Everywhere you hear ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’ and ‘I’ or ‘my’, ‘mine’, ‘my new car’, ‘my new bride’, ‘my vacation’, ‘my new house’, ‘my new job’, ‘my new college’ and of course ‘my new pic’.
Everybody likes to have attention, which is why pictures are changed on Facebook several times just to seek attention and promote oneself. People yearn for more and more likes, shares and comments. These things are very flattering and boost ones ego.
Who doesn’t promote oneself?
Modiji does it so does Obama, Trump etc. These people use various media to promote themselves ranging from FM, video-conferencing, Social media, print media etc.
Irrespective of age, gender, nationality, race etc., people are promoting themselves.
If you want to be a leader of your field, if you want to be great then be a ‘shameless self promoter‘.
Never doubt yourself, rather promote yourself. Feel good about yourself and tell good about yourself. This would energize you. Shameless self promotion works everywhere, be it the promotion you want. Ask your boss to give you promotion by making him realize how important you are for the organization. Ask that pretty girl out with full confidence, be a self promoter. Want a job? Promote yourself in front of the interviewer. Focus on success rather than failure. No one would come to you to give you a job or raise you yourself have to go and ask for it.
I keep on doing shameless self promotion. People call it arrogance, but I don’t bother. I am running India’s oldest public speaking course with over 10 successfully running centers across Delhi NCR.
Wait I just shamelessly promoted myself. Is it difficult? No it is not. You have been doing it since infancy. As an infant you knew how to grab attention of your mother by starting to cry loudly. Life is short, don’t wait for things to come to you, go and ask for it. Tell why you deserve it. Choose the best place where you can shine.
To be a good self promoter you need to be a good communicator as well. A good communicator can sell oneself better. Communication is art of conveying your message in the most appropriate and effective form.
Thus, improving on your communication and speaking skills you can become a better and more confident ‘shameless self promoter ‘. You can always join my classes and get tutorship of the best in the business to improve your communication.
Oh!!I just shamelessly promoted myself again!!
See how easy it is!!
So pick up yourself and tell the world who you are.
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How often do you take risks in business? Do you actually think the way others’ can’t to make your business bigger?
If you want to be successful in business take risks, innovate, think out of the box and have a courageous heart.
Before becoming a skills trainer, I was a highly successful fashion designer and garment manufacturer. Twice a year, we guys used to participate in garment fair. We started the preparations for the same three months prior to the event and made 750 samples. Two days prior to the bookings, we used to invite our agents, distributors, channel partners to take their opinions. With their mutual consent and reviews, we selected 125 best samples out the lot of 750 samples. These 125 samples would be displayed in the garment fairs. Here we would get big orders, thus these events were very important for us. On returning from these fairs, we calculated that out of the 125 samples showcased in the fair, we got thousands of orders of only 20 samples. It means out of the 750 samples made, 125 samples would go to the fairs and out of these 125 samples; we got orders of only 20 samples. Interestingly we got repeat orders of only 5 or 6 designs out of these 20. So out of the 750 designs, the end user liked only 5-6 designs. Thus, 745 designs failed to please the end customer.
The samples made are very costly and are sold for peanuts because they aren’t production pieces. If I tell you the insights, we spent lakhs of rupees on samples in every season. Wasn’t it stupid of us? But do you know how much we earned from that? ‘Crores’. So we spent lakhs and earned crores. This is how our business worked.
Thus, if you want to earn more, you need to take risk and have the courage to spend more. That is the best business strategy. Think out of the box.
Out of the box thinking means seeing what others are also seeing but thinking differently about it.
17 years back, when I began my journey as a business consultant, Shiv Khera’s book ‘You can win’ was a huge hit in the market. An owner of a big publishing company approached me and encouraged me to launch my own book. I told him that I was a good speaker but not so good a writer. He replied that was not a thing to worry about. He advised me to keep 10 best books on the subject in front of me and produce an 11th book by copying the best things from those 10 books. This was his business tip.
There is an old saying “Your ship is safe in the harbor but that’s not the purpose of the ship” similarly your money if safe in your bank locker but you would be wasting the true potential of your money if you are not investing it in profitable schemes and in increasing your business.
So invest your money in the market. Do your calculations and take calculated risks.
Mobile manufacturing giant ‘Apple’ keeps on making new changes in its mobile phones to keep up the curiosity of its customers.
Thus, have a strong business strategy, mark out your area where you want to bring a change in the society and work towards the attainment of your goal.
Thinking out of the box is the most essential skill to enhance your business and marketing practices. The more one is innovative in his business skills, the more one gets successful. Think new; think unique. Keep working on new ideas, latest developments, and newest products. Being innovative is the key to being the master of business skills. Communication and Public Speaking is also another vital aspect to make your business grow. Good presentation skills lead to a better connect with your consumers.
Think out of the box, work on it and present it well!
Once you master these three mantras of business skills, you can evidence a tremendous growth and rise in your business.
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In the previous post we read about how we can prepare ourselves physically and mentally for a presentation. Below are some more tips that will help you in your presentation and will improve your public speaking skills.
Preparing Materials to support your presentation
The key to prepare your presentation is to remember that less is more. A few guidelines to a good presentation:
- Keep text to a minimum. Do not put more than 5 bullet points per slide. People tend to lose interest in what you are speaking while reading this stuff.
- Check for contrast and font size. Make sure that it is readable.
- Use pictures where possible to get your idea across. They can be remembered more easily.
- Keep the notes short and simple. Their purpose is only to serve as a reminder.
- Check the resolution of your presentation. To be safe, go for 800×600.
- Complicated charts and graphs should be avoided. Audience may get confused.
While giving the Presentation
A few things to be remembered when giving the presentation:
- Be optimistic.
- Telling stories will make your idea clearer than charts, graphs and numbers. They also help in engaging your audience.
- Don’t read your slides or notes. They should only play the role of supporters to what you are saying.
- Keep your introduction short yet strong.
- Keep your speech or the presentation slow and steady.
- Don’t be anxious over mistakes. Don’t apologize. Stay confident and just move on.
- Take pauses at appropriate times. This would also give your audience time to absorb what you presented.
- Smile, joke and laugh when needed. Don’t try to overdo anything.
- Make your ending crisp, clean and powerful.
- Prepare yourself for interruptions and questions.
If you’ve got more tips, feel free to share with us.
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In today’s world where we see so many big companies, knowledge of PowerPoint to give presentations is of utmost importance. Although not many people, including top hierarchy people have acquaintance with PowerPoint but they try using their impactful presentation skills to give their best.
The following few tips on power-point presentation can give a boost to your business presentations with your presentation skills:
- Avoid putting up too many graphics and other creative thing on your slides. They can be distracting.
- The audience has come to hear from you and not just to watch the images that you are showing onto a screen. It is necessary to make a strong PowerPoint Presentation, but make sure that your spoken remarks are equally persuasive if you have those presentation skills.
- Most PowerPoint users simply read the visual presentation to the audience. This should be strictly avoided. PowerPoint works best with spoken remarks that expand and discuss.
- A solid background with distinct text and a small logo of the company in the corner is all that you should have.
- Import images, videos and graphics from the internet instead of sticking to the ones available in the PowerPoint. This would appeal the audience more and you may get even better pictures to suit your topic.
- Keep your text on the slides crisp, to the point, crystal clear.
- Capitalize only the first letter of each title, bullet or phrase.
- Do not have more than six bullets per slide. Put as little of text as possible on each bullet.
- Bullets should not be sentences; they may be phrases.
- Avoid sub-bullets as far as possible.
- Make only one key point on each slide.
- ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, put it together with quotes, graphs etc.
- Do not overdo animations as again they can distract the minds of the audience.
- While making a presentation, keep your slide template the same throughout.
- Try to distribute handouts at the end and not during the presentation unless necessary. Distributing handouts in between the presentation may make the audience busy in reading them and not paying attention to the speaker.
- Edit your presentation carefully. Never lose the viewpoint of the audience. If something seems to be unappealing or confusing, edit it ruthlessly.
The above tips and your presentation skills together can make you a star presenter. You only need to keep these things in mind and practice.
At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking’ you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. This is the best course for people who have problems regarding their communication skills, presentation skills, interacting with people and in presenting themselves in front of public. For more details on the course, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com or call +91-9971776852.
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Do you ever get angry in petty situations? What situations are these? Are you able to control your anger soon? The answers to all these questions would tell you a lot about the kind of personality you have. Anger management plays a leading role in personality development. Most men and women find it very difficult to deal with anger and end up having situations out of proportions. This becomes a hurdle in their personality development and also causes various health problems. Anger impairs judgment, can make a person violent and the person can even lose his/her relationships. Thus, it is very important to learn how to control anger or, may be, to learn to channelize it in such a way that it may be constructive.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of anger management and its affect in personality development.
Anger makes a person a poor judge. Uncontrolled anger gradually leads to poor decision making capability. Once you are able to manage your anger, you will be able to exercise better judgment. Anger management exercises are often meant to channelize the anger so that you do not lose control over yourself when you lose temper.
Today, almost everyone’s life is full of stress. Stress management can give you long-term benefits. With better control over yourself, you will see that it’s easier to avoid some situations that may be stressful.
3) Fewer conflicts and disputes
In anger, we often find ourselves indulged in conflicts. Conflicts or disputes occur because of difference in opinion due to different personality. Once you are aware of anger management techniques, such situations would be reduced. One should be able to treat differences in opinion just as opinions instead of taking them as personal attacks.
4) Better communication
Anger is generally caused because of misunderstandings, which are in turn, caused due to communication gap between the people involved. Good communication skills can also be helpful in avoiding anger or angry situations. Controlling and channelizing anger in a constructive way will make communication easier and will create your image as a person who is open-minded and easy to talk to.
5) Closer and Healthier Relationships
Another benefit of anger management is that it helps you to get closer to others and makes you more comfortable in personal relationships. The people we love are often the victims of our anger when we lose control. Channelizing anger will make us more capable of leading a life that is comparatively free of repulsive scenes or outbursts of anger.
6) Awareness about responsibility
Once you are able to control anger, you will know when you are the cause of any trouble and when you are not. When the problem is because of you, you will also be able to know how to handle the situation calmly and still not be blamed.
Empathy means to be able to feel the same way the other person is feeling. Anger management trains you how to empathize which is very beneficial. Empathizing leads to better understanding and thus lesser conflicts. Being able to empathize means that you can see situations from others’ point of view also leaving no space for conflicts.
At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Entrepreneurship Public Speaking’ you are provided training in Public Speaking and Personality Development. In this course you will be trained in all those things that are needed to have a charming personality. For details, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com or call +91-9971776852.
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What is a PROP?
A prop can be anything that can be handheld during a presentation or a speech. While giving a presentation, using props can be a great idea as you can grab audience’s attention through them. Visual representations are surely a better way to prove your presentation skills as they can make a monotonous presentation/meeting more lively.
Props are visual aids. They are significant as they add variety and help you to make your presentation memorable. Props help you in keeping your audience attentive throughout the speech. Memory is another reason to use props while giving a presentation. People can keep in mind the images easier than words. It is rightly said that ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’
Props must be used carefully and the speaker (or the presenter) must remember that they should not overshadow your speech but just play the role of engaging the audience and highlighting your points.
Below are some frequently used props.
Overheads/Slideshows- Many speakers use this prop in their speech however some of them also happen to misuse them unintentionally. The speaker should make sure not to be completely dependent on these props. If he reads word to word from the slides, they may become the focus for the audience due to which they may lose interest in the audience. The speaker should use these only as a supplement to make his points clearer to the audience.
White boards- Speaker/presenters giving speech or a presentation at smaller places may prefer using white boards. While using a white board remember that you write only a few words of each line using large font and no cursive writing.
Handouts- Handouts may or may not be considered as props by many people. Rather than being a helpful aid, handouts often turn out to be a source of distraction to audience if provided at the beginning of the speech or in between. If you want to give handouts, then you must give it at the end of your speech. This would help in retaining the audience’s attention.
In case you have to give the handouts during your speech, then make sure that they are short and precise. Pause while the audience go through the handout and then tell them what you are going to discuss about it.
Small and Large Props- At times, it’s vital or may be just fun to hold up pictures, magazines, or other small props to add interest of the audience to a topic. But small props can be used only in small rooms having an audience of 15-30 people.
However, if you’re performing in a large venue, be wary of doing so, as the people in the back of the room will become frustrated because they cannot see your props. At such places you must use lager props such as model of a building or a car etc.
Make sure that props are placed in such a manner that everyone can see it and it does not upstage you.
A FEW TIPS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH PROPS
If used incorrectly, props can ruin your presentation rather than developing it. Here are some practices that may help you with using props:
- Moving parts of the prop must be checked and it should be ensured that they are working properly.
- Keep your prop(s) out of sight until you’re going to use it to intensify the element of surprise.
- Props should always be large enough to be visible to the audience.
- Assess your level of ease with using a particular prop. If you are not comfortable with the prop, you may not be confident in public speaking.
- Practice your speech beforehand to become smooth in using the prop.
Props, if used appropriately can add significantly to a presentation by making it more joyful, understandable, logical and memorable for the audience.
‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking’ provides training on using props in its Public Speaking Course. You will also be trained in all those things related to your confidence, personality and speaking which are stopping you from growing in your career.
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Knowing how to introduce a speaker is an essential part of public speaking as we come across the same in many of our public speaking projects. Our presentation skills are also reflected in the way we introduce a speaker. All your public speaking skills from spontaneity, voice modulation, presentation to influence on the audience are tested when you have to give the introduction of a speaker.
First of all let us recall the basic guidelines we read in the previous article.
And now we have some tips for the same:
- Address the audience.
- Prepare and practice adequately as we always do in public speaking.
- Refer to the speaker, his background, qualifications, achievements or interests.
- Never say “This speaker needs no introduction…” ? No matter how well-known a speaker may be, the audience would surely benefit from a brief introduction.
- Refer to the topic the speaker is going to speak on. This would help them connect better to the speaker.
- Avoid discouraging the speaker by giving too many details about the speech, telling anecdotes from their speech, or making promises about details in their presentation.
- Welcome the speaker and lead the applause.
- Avoid reciting a lengthy list of biographical details which may or may not be relevant to the topic.
- Do not alter the speech title at any cost.
- Ensure a smooth transition. Wait for the speaker to come to you on the stage or at the lectern and then shake hands before you leave. Shaking hand indicates that you are “handing the floor” to them.
- Your vocal delivery (strength and volume) should build toward the end of your introduction but does not mean that you should yell.
Here’s a sample script for introducing a speaker in your next public speaking project:
(Approach lectern and face audience)
Thank you Mr/Madam _______. Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me an immense pleasure to introduce ___________ (speaker’s name) who is giving his speech no. _____ on _________ (topic). The title of ______________ (speaker’s name) speech is _______ (speech title). The objectives of the speech are __________________.
Today we are going to find out ________________ (short description of talk and reason or anything special).
The timing for this speech is ____ minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming our guest speaker, _________ (speaker’s name).
(Lead applause and sit down)
*Remember that the last word you say in the introduction of a speaker should always be the speaker’s name.
Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, the author of this article provides training on public speaking at Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking which has 10 centres in Delhi NCR. For more details, visit www.anuragaggarwal.com or call +91-9971776852.
Wikipedia says “Body language is a type of non-verbal communication in which physical behavior, as opposed to words, are used to express or convey information. Such behavior includes facial expressions, body posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space.”
Your body language may vary in different situation, with different people, with different audience but some basics remain generally the same.
- Eye contact shows confidence- When you make an eye contact with the other person while talking or giving a speech, the other person feels important and it also shows your confidence. At the same time, too much of eye contact is not advisable. So you should know how long to maintain eye contact so that it is comfortable for both the speaker and the listener. And no staring at all.
- A firm handshake- A handshake helps in developing a connection between the two persons. Handshakes are of different types and show your personality and thus it becomes really important to take care of your handshake. A perfect handshake that is neither too bendy nor too forceful is considered appropriate.
- Smile and the world smiles with you- Smiling makes you feel relaxed and light and also conveys confidence and friendliness.
- Give space to the other person- Allow the other person to have his/her personal space. If you stand too close to the other person, he/she may not feel comfortable in talking to you.
- Use your hands with confidence- Another thing that adds to a powerful body language is your hand movement. The more freely you would use hand movements, the more confident you would be. It also helps to give stress on your points. However too much of hand movements can also be a means of distraction. Use your hands in a controlled manner. Putting your hands behind your back or in the pocket should be strictly avoided.
At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking’ you are provided training in Public Speaking and Presentation Skills which would enhance your body language and make you more confident. For more details on the course, click here.
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The primary responsibility of the Master of Ceremony is to serve as a gracious host. An ideal MC is a person who has poise, presence and who can command the interest of an audience.
The Master of Ceremony is responsible for ensuring that the event runs smoothly and on time. It is his duty to see to it that all important people are introduced in professional manner. Being a successful Master of Ceremony requires preparation and ability to adjust to the situation to ensure a successful event. Here are some of them:
- Review the program in advance and learn how to pronounce names and titles of performances/ performers.
- Arrive early to check with the registration desk to see who has checked in.
- Make sure the performers are in the building and ready to perform.
- Have an agenda or a detailed script, jokes, information appropriate to the contest, about yourself, bridging material, judging information..
- The key to the success of any public speaking event: Start on time and end on time.
- Be prepared. Be aware that anything can happen and have a plan to address problems that might occur. You need to be resourceful, creative, and able to respond to problems without panic.
- Introduce yourself pleasantly and cheerfully.
- Welcome the audience present; introduce the program and remind them the reason for the event.
- The main duty of the MC is to get the attention of the audience. Often a clever gimmick can be worked out to get their attention.
- Outline the upcoming program briefly.
- An MC can make or break any public speaking program, so it is up to you how you conduct it.
- An MC should dress according to the program that he is going to conduct.
- Main job of an MC is to talk to the crowd. Being an MC, you are keeping them informed about the public speaking ceremony, and giving the featured individual time to prepare to go onstage.
- Eye contact with the listeners is important. Look at the listeners while you speak. Listen and look out for their advice like you do in other public speaking ceremonies.
- Use more of humour, proverbs, quotes and stories. These should fit well with the topic and the people you are introducing.
- Wear a smile for the entire event. If you keep smiling, this will show that you are enjoying and having a good time. It will also help you to be at ease and even the audience. If you are getting nervous then think of some happy and funny situations and start discussing them with the listeners. This would also add to your personality.
- Eye contact is essential. Watch and listen for feedback from your attendees. This depicts a confident personality.
- Thank the upcoming speakers and lead the applause for them and the organisers of the public speaking experience.
- At the end, thank the audience and mention some highlights of the event.
- Being a Master of Ceremony states: “Close the event with as much enthusiasm as you opened the event.” At the end of the session it is customary to thank the speakers and thank all who attended for their participation. It is a good idea to include comments which summarize what was experienced or achieved in this public speaking event. Also, if anyone was of particular help to you in organizing and conducting the event, thank them publicly at this point.
“The perfect M.C. makes the audience feel they have profited from attending the function, and that they have also had a good time”. – Letitia Baldrige
Be prepared, have fun, and keep the event moving. Don’t panic!
Leave your stage fright at home and impress everyone with your magical personality.
At ‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking’ you are provided training in Public Speaking, Personality Development and Presentation Skills. In this course you will be trained in all the above mentioned things and others that are needed to give an outstanding and memorable presentation. For more details on the course, contact us here.
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To understand this saying, we must understand the meaning of GOAL first. As per the dictionary, a goal is the end result or achievement, in which effort is directed. However, in actual life, goal is that the first step in making your dreams a reality. A dream can also be your goal but to make a dream as your goal, you must actively pursue it, work for it. You must take steps to reach towards it.
In most organisations, in the process of goal setting, the word SMART goal is used quite often. SMART goals prove to be a way to not just decide what to do, but how to do it in a way to determine whether or not progress is made. It also helps in affirming when the goal is achieved. Thus SMART goal stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timed.
Specific means well defined and this type of goal has a greater chance of accomplishment than a general goal. This should be easily understandable to make it easier to achieve the goal. Goals are misunderstood when they are not clear and thus we fail to accomplish them. Specific goals give us the detail of what has to be done and so we can take appropriate actions.
A specific goal should give answers to the questions like:
Who (who all are involved), what (what is to be accomplished), where (location), when (time frame), which (requirements) and why (purpose of the goal).
For example: A general goal may to be to “become a public speaker” but a specific goal would be “join a public speaking and personality development course and become a public speaker in 2 years”.
Measurable means having the knowledge whether the goal is obtainable. Set quantifiable term in order to compare where we are and how far we have to go to reach the desired target. By using a tracking method we can know how much will be gained by achieving the goal and encourage persistent improvement. A goal is measurable when it answers the questions like how much, how many, how I will know if it is accomplished?
Attainable means the goals should be within the ability and capability of those involved. They should extend their capabilities a little bit so as to reach to the desired target. It should be challenging but still within the reach of the people. When you identify your goals you develop abilities, skills and attitude to attain them. Your personality development helps you to get closer to them. Plan your steps carefully to rise up. Goals would seem to get closer to you because of your urge to reach to them.
Relevant indicates the goal must be set with a purpose. The person must know its influence and how it affects him. A relevant goal increases commitment and the person has a high motivational level towards meeting such a goal.
Timed goals have a certain time frame for their attainment. There should be deadline for the accomplishment of the target goal. A time based goal helps in monitoring the progress and making the necessary adjustment for meeting the goal. With no deadline, there would be no urgency to achieve the goal and thus it may never be achieved. For example: “I want to be the best in public speaking someday”. This someday will never come. Rather you should set your goal as “I want to be the best in public speaking by 20th May 2013”. After you have fixed this time frame, you will try all the means to be the best public speaker by then.
Goal setting is also a personality indicator. In the course of personality development, your appearance is not the only point that is counted. Your personality is also judged by the clarity or your thoughts, your ambition and your goals. So set SMART goal to reflect a positive personality.
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