More Tips for an Effective Presentation

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.

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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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Tips on Giving a PowerPoint Presentation

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.

12417908_1136906526334644_1955758889596504717_nThe 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.

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TIPS ON INTRODUCING A SPEAKER

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.

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First of all let us recall the basic guidelines we read in the previous article.

And now we have some tips for the same:

  1. Address the audience.
  2. Prepare and practice adequately as we always do in public speaking.
  3. Refer to the speaker, his background, qualifications, achievements or interests.
  4. 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.
  5. Refer to the topic the speaker is going to speak on. This would help them connect better to the speaker.
  6. 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.
  7. Welcome the speaker and lead the applause.
  8. Avoid reciting a lengthy list of biographical details which may or may not be relevant to the topic.
  9. Do not alter the speech title at any cost.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING: PREPARATION AND DUTIES FOR THE MASTER OF CEREMONY

30. Duties of Master of Ceremony

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:

  1. Review the program in advance and learn how to pronounce names and titles of performances/ performers.
  2. Arrive early to check with the registration desk to see who has checked in.
  3. Make sure the performers are in the building and ready to perform.
  4. Have an agenda or a detailed script, jokes, information appropriate to the contest, about yourself, bridging material, judging information..
  5. The key to the success of any public speaking event: Start on time and end on time.
  6. 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.
  7. Introduce yourself pleasantly and cheerfully.
  8. Welcome the audience present; introduce the program and remind them the reason for the event.
  9. 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.
  10. Outline the upcoming program briefly.
  11. An MC can make or break any public speaking program, so it is up to you how you conduct it.
  12. An MC should dress according to the program that he is going to conduct.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Use more of humour, proverbs, quotes and stories. These should fit well with the topic and the people you are introducing.
  16. 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.
  17. Eye contact is essential.  Watch and listen for feedback from your attendees. This depicts a confident personality.
  18. Thank the upcoming speakers and lead the applause for them and the organisers of the public speaking experience.
  19. At the end, thank the audience and mention some highlights of the event.
  20. 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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MISDEEDS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING

Misdeeds in Public SpeakingBeing a human we are liable to make a mistake. Even in public speaking, many people do commit mistakes such as using foghorns like “aahhh”, “uummmm” etc. These mistakes are such pitty ones that they may be ignored by the audience to some extent. But some people in public speaking commit blunder for which the audience is not able to forgive. And this would make your public speaking go into drains.

There may be instances where a professional, a businessman may end up boring his audience for 20-25min whereas a layman might have the capability to bring rejoice in the audience.  This is all because he has understood the essentials of public speaking well.

The most common misdeeds done by people in public speaking and their solutions:

  1. Beginning your speech with “Thank you for inviting me” will take away the interest of the audience right in the beginning. Start your speech with bang and wake up your audience who is there to enjoy your public speaking skills.
  2. Public speaking, formally or informally, is an activity that requires huge efforts. Every speech needs a lot of practice before it is delivered.  “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave.  The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.  ~Dale Carnegie
    A lazy person would surely fail to prepare and practice his speech. Not many people try to improve themselves in public speaking because of their laziness. But a person who wants to improve may find his way in a public speaking course, public speaking books, hiring a public speaking trainer, joining a public speaking club, reading public speaking blogs and so on.
  3. Some people are of the belief that public speaking skills cannot be acquired. They envy others because they think that others have been born with public speaking skills. Such people try to copy stories or speeches or presentations and thus they lack confidence. The fact is that public speakers learn the public speaking skills in the same way they learn to use other business tools.
  4. Someone said  “A speech is like a woman’s skirt: it needs to be long enough to cover the subject matter but short enough to hold the audience’s attention.”  More bullets, words, slides, examples and everything would only go waste. It would be better to focus on your core message, select only the best support material to support like examples, slides etc., and speak at a reasonable pace. Keep the supplementary material for handouts only.
  5. When you exceed the time allotted to you for the speech, you violate the contract you have with your audience, and you get you name in their bad books. You must value the time of the audience. Also remember that nobody will complain if you finish a few minutes early. But if you go beyond time, the audience have negative emotions for you.
  6. Reading a speech word for word in public speaking will put the audience to sleep. You may keep the keywords to prompt your thoughts and then make an eye-contact with the audience, and speak.
  7. Public speaking is always about the audience and the message you want to convey. So do not keep talking about yourself as though public speaking is about you only. Do not place yourself ahead of the audience. Try to recognize what is the interest of the audience. Speak what they want to hear or convey your message in the way they want to listen. If you fail to do so, you may fail to impress the audience with your presentation.

The author Anurag Aggarwal is a public speaker and a trainer on Public Speaking, Presentation Skills and Personality Development at Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking for over 13 years and has conducted over three thousand workshops, trainings and seminars so far.

PUBLIC SPEAKING & PRESENTATION SKILLS- What is the Right Preparation of a Presentation

What is the Right Preparation of the PresentationWhat is the right kind of preparation? I have often seen students, reading an article in the newspaper, whether convinced or not convinced with the author, prepare their lecture and deliver it in the class. Does preparation mean picking up any topic and start speaking in front of an audience?

Or it is to lift a written speech from various sources, altering it and practicing on it?

Well, all these are wrong ways of preparing, in fact, tougher ways of getting ready for a speech.

Preparation is the key.

If we fail to prepare…………we prepare to fail.

How do we prepare our presentations:

1) SPEECH IS BUILT

It reminds me of my college days, when I would see most of the students preparing for their examinations, by reading from various books on every single topic. Reading, writing and listening the whole year for just three hours of examination.

I also remember reading an article on Sachin Tendulkar, which mentioned a hypothetical figure that Sachin might have faced more than 60L balls since childhood. Today, his one successful square cut is the result of those 60L balls he faced during net practice and tournaments.

Similarly, a speech or your presentation cannot be cooked up in five minutes. It is built over a period of time and it grows with time.

“Rome was not built in a day.” Similarly, your public speaking skills or your presentation skills cannot develop in a single day.

2) DON’T IMMITATE OTHERS

Like this article that I am writing, this is my article, my thoughts and my ideas, similarly when you are preparing your speech or presentation, the thoughts and words must be yours and not someone else’s. You must gather background information and an overview of your article. You may read, you may search on Google, you may phone a friend, you can use others’ ideas but just ideas, the words should be yours. Never imitate others. It should come from within. You cannot fake it. If you try to imitate others, you public speaking speech or your presentation may not be as natural as it could have been.

3) NEVER HESITATE IN DOING SOME LEG WORK

Many a times, I have experienced, when my students, just to save time, delegate someone else to search for an article. Participants join our public speaking and presentation skills course and choose the centre closest to their house. They want to save time wasted in commuting. They save time, efforts, energy but they waste their stick-to-it-iveness. Most profound speeches come from students who are not hesitant to travel from distant places or who take the pains in searching for the ideas for their speech. I remember one of our public speaking and personality development course student in 2004, she hailed from a small city Mandi, Govindgarh in Punjab about 300km away from Delhi. For every session, she took a bus the previous evening, and went to her guardian’s home as she was not allowed to venture out after 7pm from her college hostel. From Chandigarh, she took a bus at 2am, reach Delhi, again, and change a couple of buses to reach our institute, in time for the 8am class. She bagged many awards and certificates, during the course. Till my last information, she was working in an MNC drawing a package of more than 15L. Determination and perseverance are omnipotent.

4) SLEEP WITH THE TOPIC; AWAKE WITH THE TOPIC

It means thinking, brooding, recalling, polishing your ideas of the public speaking topic or the presentation. Talk with your friends, your spouse and your family members. Brainstorm your ideas with them. There are many web based tools around these days that can help you in coming up with the content. It must develop and it must take time. This would add to your presentation skills.

5) WRITE 100 DISCARD 95

Now, you have a lot of material with you, lots of ideas. You have to decide, which is the best of all? Retain the best ideas and discard the rest. Don’t keep those which are good, but difficult to speak on. Keep those points that convince you and are easy for you to talk upon.

6) SMALLER IS BETTER, NEVER CONFUSE WITH LOADS OF STUFF

What is the use of speaking non-stop without having any in-depth meaning? Select only four-five points out of 20 but the best four-five points.

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated”.  –Franklin D. Roosevelt, on speechmaking

You should be remembered for small talk instead of confusing your audience with 10-15 points.

7) Using Props and Visual Aids

If I ask you to visualize Christianity and a Cross, what is easier to visualize? Yes! The answer is CROSS.

Why don’t we use the same horse sense while preparing speeches? Use pictures, movies, objects, music etc in public speaking or presentations to make your point easy to understand. Audience forget your speech soon but the props would not let them forget it. This is called DOI, Demonstration Of Ideas.

Use these props only to further help your message; it should not become the message. Speaking with a prop is not only effective but also easy. Many times, I see my students in Presentation Skills Workshop, when given an assignment using DOI, use the prop extensively but do not let it go into the depth of the message.

8)  ORGANIZE YOUR SPEECH

You have tens of ideas with you. And you have discarded the unwanted. But how to organize the remaining ideas for the best impact on audience in your public speaking project? This topic can’t be explained in one paragraph. Please read my article on HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR SPEECH that will be posted soon.

In a nutshell, I would say, the middle body of the speech must have a pattern like chronological, casual, problem-solution, advantage-disadvantage etc. Point A must take you to point B, point B must take your talk to point C, so on and so forth. This transition must be smooth.

9) PRACTICE YOUR SPEECH

Now that you have prepared your speech, practice as much as you can. I remember watching an interview, 25yrs ago, by Tabbasum with the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshker where Lata said she practiced (riyaaz) singing even at the peak of her career for four to five hours every day.

Or let’s take the example of Indian Cricket team. Recently, the world champion Team-India lost badly to Australia and everyone blamed them for not practicing at the nets.

Need I say more on the importance of practising your speech!

The author Anurag Aggarwal is a public speaker and a trainer on Public Speaking, Presentation Skills and Personality Development at Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking for over 13 years and has conducted over three thousand workshops, trainings and seminars so far.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING: How to Use a Microphone

Use of Microphone in Public Speaking

In public speaking, microphone is an essential instrument. For a public speaker or a presenter, a microphone is a tool to strengthen your voice. It is not an alternative for good vocal expression. It is not capable of making a dull voice interesting. It can only make it louder.
When you are using a microphone, you still have to use your full energy to involve the whole audience and create your identity as a public speaker. Some speakers under pressure may lose expression in their voice. Rehearsing and practicing on microphone can be the best way to experiment with volume, pitch, and rhythm to achieve best possible expression. Use vocal variety to ensure that your audience understands and feels the tone of your message.

When you are getting training on public speaking and presentation skills, you cannot afford to miss the know-how of usage of microphone. Here are some tips on using a microphone:

  1. Avoid using a microphone in small gathering. They are usually required when you are addressing more than 100 people.
  2. Microphone can be used in small gathering of 35-50 people depending on the venue; the size of the room, its furniture, the carpet, curtains, height of the ceiling.
  3. If at any time you are confused whether you need the mike or not, go ahead and use it.  By doing so, you will have the set up and you would have the option to switch it off if you feel that it is not needed.
  4. Use a hand held whenever possible as you have more control over your voice while using them. Hold them below your mouth.
  5. Do a sound check. You may ask a technician to set up the sound system and actively control the levels while you speak. It should be seen that levels are appropriate for the size of the room and the audience. In some cases, a technician may set up the system and leave the rest to you. You would have to do the sound check yourself.
  6. Learn how the microphone works. You must know how to turn it on/off. This is necessary to avoid any private comment to be overheard by the audience.
  7. If there is a battery, start your public speaking topic or the presentation with a new battery and have an extra one handy.  You must know how to replace it.
  8. Practice with the microphone before you begin. Test it by saying some words.
  9. In public speaking, you need to stand with good posture. Enable your voice in the microphone by standing straight, aligning your head with your spine.
  10. Twisting or bending the neck gives your voice a disadvantage.
  11. When you are giving a demonstration of a product, you should use a clip-on/hands free microphone.
  12. Your dress is a primary concern when using a clip-on microphone. Wear something with a collar or tie so the mike can be easily clipped to it. A front open jacket or a blouse can do.
  13. Clip the clip-on onto your dress before you get on the stage.
  14. Lavaliere or clip-on mikes are generally placed 8 to 10 inches below the chin, in the center.
  15. Instead of looking at the microphone, look at the audience to catch their attention.
  16. Practice speaking and holding a mike at the same time while using a handheld microphone. Transfer the handheld mike from one hand to the other naturally.
  17. Grip the mike with the whole hand and not with just fingers so as to give it the best look.
  18. Watch the speakers before you on how well is their microphone projecting?  If you think there is something you can learn from them, then learn it.
  19. When it’s your chance to take the podium, you’ve already tested the mike so no need to tap on it or blow into it. Need not to say “Can you hear me?”.  Just begin your talk.
  20. When using a microphone, energize your voice but speak normally.  Don’t speak into the mike, speak past it.
  21. Crowding the microphone will disfigure your posture as well as your voice. Do not get too close to the mike.

In public speaking or in a presentation or in any kind of communication, your first and the foremost goal is to reach your audience. The speaking elements you put into your delivery have everything to do with reaching to that goal. But you must remember that the microphone is only a tool. It won’t turn a poor speech delivery or a presentation into a good one.

All the above techniques are taught and can be practiced in public speaking and presentation skills course offered by Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking. In this course you will be trained in all those things which stop you from growing in your career. This is the best course for people having 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

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PUBLIC SPEAKING- Understanding Audience Behaviour

Understanding Audience Behaviour in Public Speaking

Can you recall to have listened to a presentation in which you had no difficulty paying attention? How often your mind got distracted? Was it because of the topic of the presentation or because of the way the public speaker presented it?

Audience plays a vital role in public speaking. In public speaking, we often have to give presentations before a large audience but many times we do not realize if the audience is even listening to us or not. The presentation may be about something interesting but due to certain mistakes made by the public speaker or the presenter, the audience may divert their mind. And certainly, the biggest mistake made by the speakers is that they do not realize how the audience listen.

It must be noted that the attention span of the audience behaviour is very short. The attendees of a presentation may be willing to listen to you, but they are the ones who also get easily distracted. If they start disliking your speech they will be deviated from the topic and will start talking to the other person or in some other way would not pay attention to your speech.  Give them the topic of their interest. Give them what they want to listen, what they would be interested in. Or even if you select a topic of your choice, present it in such a way that they would want to hear.

Almost everyone listens in the beginning of a presentation, but by the time it reaches half, the attention may drop to around 10-20% of what it was at the start. Again at the end, many people start to listen again, particularly if you announce your conclusions, because they want to take something from the presentation. They also may try to bring out some conclusion from your talk too early when they disagree to your point or something. At this time they would want to reject you. Do not say anything which may bring out some conclusion to the audience by themselves.

Since the audience is most attentive in the beginning of the presentation, you must make sure to give the most important point in the beginning. If you want to get your message to get through the audience, you should state it loud and clear in the beginning and also repeat it at the end.

Do not make too much movement or do not use too many colours in your presentation as they are also a cause of distraction of mind.

It is also noted that most people do not have their opinion; rather they do what others want them to do or what others are doing. For instance, a person may not understand a joke but he would laugh aloud just because others are laughing.

Do not keep beating your own trumpet; the audience would not be eager enough to listen to you in this case. On the contrary, if you tell some negatives about you, they would surely listen to you.

There are also some people in the audience who want to show off their intelligence. Tactics must be learned to handle such people for continuing public speaking.

All in all, the best approach could be to divide your presentation in several parts, each ending by an intermediate conclusion. This would help the audience who got distracted to catch up with you, particularly if you outline the structure of your talk in the beginning.

Understanding this behaviour of the audience would surely be of great use to people in public speaking. This would help them to improve their public speaking skills.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING: Tips on Award Acceptance

Tips on Award Acceptance by Anurag Aggarwal

Accepting an award is in some way a part of public speaking because you accept an award for something you have done publically. This public speaking project may be a speech, an act, a presentation etc. So if your public speaking has been so wonderful that you are receiving an award for it, your award acceptance speech must be even better.

A few tips to be remembered while giving an acceptance speech to make it make it more effective and natural coming straight from the heart:

1.  Do not say that you’re so surprised by winning that you had nothing prepared. Since you were a nomination so you had all the chances to win.

2. Let the genuine emotions come out. If you want to cry then just go ahead. Do not hide your emotions at this time

3. Don’t say you have no idea how you won against such a strong pool of competitors.

4.  When giving an acceptance speech, use notes only to enhance your presentation and not as a crutch. Use them only for remembering the opening sentence, important names to thanks, or whatever facts you need to mention. Don’t have the entire speech on notes. And avoid any notes as far as possible.

5.  Look up at the audience after every two or three sentences to maintain rapport with the audience while using notes. Not only in this but maintaining an eye contact is essential in all public speaking situations.

6.  Keep the time constraint in mind. Many times when you are given an award during a meeting, conference, etc., you are also under time restrictions. In most cases, you will have longer than thirty seconds. Take the time to ask the person in charge of the meeting how much time you have for your speech.

7.  As you are speaking keep a sense of the audience, similar to the way you adopt in public speaking, are they captivated or are they losing interest? If they appear to be falling asleep, then try to wrap up quickly.

8.  It is important to be humble, but do not be too humble. If you appear too humble, people will perceive this as fake and may think you have a big ego and may not really deserve the award.

9.  Most importantly, keep your speech short and sincere.

Award acceptance speeches can be hard, but you’ve already won the award – the speech is the easy part.

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Tips To Give A Good Presentation

Tips on giving a Good Presentation by Anurag Aggarwal

Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured manner intended to tell, persuade, or entertain the listeners. It is closely related to “presenting”.  Whenever we have to get in front of an audience to speak, we usually have to go through a panic moment. Putting forth a good presentation demands a lot of courage, practice and preparation.

Every time you speak before crowd, you learn something new. With my experience as a public speaker and trainer I have several tips which would help many of you. These points would help no matter whether you are speaking at a large conference or giving an internal presentation to the co-workers.

Getting Physically & Mentally Prepared Before Your Presentation

The more you prepare, the more confident you would feel. Slowly and gradually when you become comfortable in public speaking you’ll unsurprisingly feel more confident and the need to prepare may be of lesser importance. Amateur speakers must spend more time in getting ready. But that does not mean that you make yourself go crazy. Just be comfortable with your material and keep practicing.

If you are a first time speaker, you may consult a public speaking trainer and would be of great help. They will observe your style and suggest you some advice on addressing the crowd. For example they might advice you to:

* Speak slower.
* Talk to individuals in the audience.
* Take pauses and think before you speak.

Going over them before your presentation would help you to be more composed and confident.

Some more ways to prepare yourself can be the following:

* Drinking a lot of water.
* Taking a good night’s sleep.
* Avoid drinking the night before.
* Breathe normally.
* Visualize a positive result.
* Talk to other speakers (if any). Ask them questions and for advice.

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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, call 9971776852 or contact us here.

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