3 Proven Strategies to Convey Real Emotion in Your Next Presentation

Ok, you choose a killer topic (check). You researched your topic and you confident that you can answer any questions that may be asked (check). You have a bulleted and super organized outline (check). Your Introduction, body and conclusion are perfect (check). You are all set, no!

Having all those is a great start, but you need to make sure people are going to “get” what you are presenting.

Proper use of your voice is crucial. Used properly you can give life to your presentation, stir up emotion, inspire someone, drive home the points that are important about your topic. Ok, how do you it?

Here are the three tips to instantly liven up and presentation…

o Adjust your volume
o Change your pace
o Vary your pitch

Adjusting Your Volume – This is a delicate subject, because if you adjust your volume to high, people will become annoyed. If you go to low, they won’t be able to hear you. If you do it many times, it will lose it effectiveness. So, how is it done properly?

Be natural, you do it all the time in natural conversation. If you need to read something “strong” or have to be forceful varying your volume will make a lasting impression. Generally raising your voice is preferred to lower it.

Change of Pace – Words flow in conversation as our minds formulate into speech, this happens at different frequencies. This is the way a presentation should e given. If a portion of your presentation is exciting (or your excited about it) speak a little faster.

The likewise is true also, if the presentation has a somber aspect, speak a little slower in those parts too.

Don’t prepare the wording too carefully. Notice, I didn’t say not to prepare? Always prepare! What I mean is do not become monotone with the presentation at the same pace all the way through.
Quick Tip: Speaking from a bullet outline will almost solve this issue instantly. Key phases and thoughts will come to mind.

Vary Your Pitch – Excitement and enthusiasm when used in normal conversations are accented by a higher pitch in the person’s voice. Do the same thing in your public speech. The reverse is true with sorrow or anxiety; most people use a lower pitch when expressing these emotions. People have a natural “feeling” (or pitch) with certain emotions.

These are proper to use in public speaking as well. Just don’t speak the words, feel the words. All dynamic speakers project these emotions and you can too with a practice.

These three tips will spice any presentation. Used in the right amount you will bring out the full flavor of your presentation.

Seven Habits of Superior Negotiators

Superior negotiators come in all genders, shapes, and sizes, but they tend to have a few things in common. Here is my list of the seven habits of superior negotiators:

1. A superior negotiator is always prepared. Abraham Lincoln said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax”. This is definitely the mindset of the superior negotiator. They think through the potential options ahead of time.

2. A great negotiator focuses on the interests of the other party. Rather than obsessing about what he or she wants, a great negotiator invests time in understanding what motivates the other party and why certain things are important to them.

3. He or she is willing to walk away. By knowing the bottom line of what is acceptable and by knowing the next best alternative, a strong negotiator is empowered. This takes the guess work out of the negotiation and focuses the agreement on what might be acceptable.

4. A great negotiator is open to new ideas and is willing to brainstorm on the spot with the other party to discover other options. Brainstorming involves some personal risk, but it makes for better agreements.

5. Listening skills are a prerequisite for an outstanding negotiator. This means not talking; in fact, outright silence is often a great choice.

6. Superior negotiators are realists. They are willing to compromise and they tend not be greedy or mean spirited since they want the opportunity to do business again. Relationships are valued.

7. They are willing to work to get the right deal and are exceedingly patient since a good deal takes hard work and time to create. This could mean multiple meetings or many phone calls.

Are you a superior negotiator?

Tips to Develop Your Presentation

It is not always an easy task for some people to have a presentation in front public or a group of work peers. There are several things that you need to prepare before giving the presentation so that you will get the best result to deliver a topic for your audience. At this time, this article is going to give you several tips that will guide you to develop your presentation.

Firstly, you have to collect all of the information, articles, pamphlets, and emails that you need to write down your presentation in longhand. Or, it would be more effective if you type in a Word document so that you can later extract bits of information from your notes into PowerPoint.

Secondly, you need to divide your material onto the logical segments. You can try to do it with a simple fashion by differentiating which material that goes in certain segment. After that, you can start to write out your material that you plan to communicate to the group by using terms and language that will be easy to understand. So, everyone in attendance can easily understand and conceptualize your speech.

Thirdly, what you have to do is to create your PowerPoint slides by developing bullet points. It can be done directly from your PowerPoint. Besides, it is also important for you to make summary from the each major section of the material you want to deliver on your presentation. Also, it will be very helpful if you write some notes for yourself in your notes section of the each slide that you are going to cover. When you want to print out the handouts, there will be an option to print the slides with or without the notes.

Fourthly, you have to make sure that you are giving the right material for your audience. You can make a discussion with your manager or supervisor who is willing to give the talk about what you plan to discuss in a form of the presentation synopsis. It is better for you to meet this person for at least a week before the event in order to make sure that you can satisfy his needs with the scope and the depth of the material. If necessary, you can also make adjustments.

Fifthly, you have to try making your presentation interesting, colorful, and crisp. You can add some audio or visual effects that are provided in PowerPoint for keeping the attention from your audience.