Presentation Skills: Five Secrets to Having Fun When Making a Presentation!

  

Presentation Skills: Five Secrets to Having Fun When Making a Presentation!

presentation skills, Ed Sykes, Barbara Hamm Lee,  WHRO, PBS pledge drive, the sykes groupThe following are five presentation skills secrets to having fun while you are presenting and making the experience enjoyable for your audience:

  1. Prepare Early – It is no fun when you have a presentation coming up and you have not prepared yet.  This is when you start to feel the anxiety and not being prepared and you start to panic.  That is no fun!  Ask questions and find out about what possible roadblocks you may experience as the presenter so that you can overcome them.  Prepare early and often for an enjoyable presentation.
  2. Know Your Audience – Tune into what the audience wants from your presentation.  Ask your contact about recent challenges, goals, and audience walkaways.  The more you understand your audience’s needs, the more you will create a great presentation that is informative and enjoyable for the audience.
  3. Know Your Goals – You need to understand what your goals are when presenting.  Ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish with this speech?” Or “What do I want the audience to feel, do, or think about at the completion of my presentation?”  The better you understand your goals, the better your presentation will be for you and your audience.
  4. Create a Fun Mindset – Anybody can be serious when presenting.  When you master your presentation skills, you can develop your fun mindset.  Whenever I present, I work on my fun mindset.  This includes visualizing me interacting with my audience in a fun way.  I also think about what humorous stories I can share with the audience to make it a fun experience for them.  If the audience is having fun, I am having fun and the presentation goes smoothly.
  5. Let Your Passion Come Out –  The audience will have fun if you show you are having fun.  How do you do that? First, concentrate on smiling.  If you have a big, bold smile, the audience will feel you are sincerely having fun while you are presenting.  Second, use your voice to show how much fun you are having.  Mastering your vocal variety (pitch, tone, pausing, the rate of speech, etc.) will show how passionate you are about the presentation.  And three, use gestures and body language to express excitement and fun for the audience.  Quick, purposeful movements will show you are speaking with passion.

Learn how to create fun for your audience and you will have fun presenting.  Master your presentation skills so that you can create a fun, enjoyable experience for successful speeches.

Example:  Ed Sykes during PBS pledge drive for WHRO.

Additional Presentation Skills Resources:

Free Presentation Skills Book

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Free Business Resources to Create More Success in Your Life!

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Free Business Resources to Grow Your Business!

If you are interested in doubling your sales, increasing your bottom line, and being more successfully in business, then attend the following free events with innovative business resources to help your business:

Business Resources: Negotiation Secrets for Business Seminar

October 24th  from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. – The City of Hampton Economic Development – 1 Franklin Street, 1st Floor, Hampton, VA

Cost:  Free

Negotiation Skills  will help you negotiate the best deals that can grow your business. Learn techniques to develop your level of confidence so that you can negotiate successfully in any situation.  You will learn how to develop and implement persuasive negotiating techniques that will have your customers buying more products and services.  Learn how to negotiate with suppliers, develop negotiation partnerships and how to gain the most out of any negotiation situation.

Space is limited.  Reserve your seat.  A boxed lunch will be provided for those registered businesses.   Visit http://hampton.gov/241/Economic-Development and register today.

Business Resources: Winning the Entrepreneurial Race” Business Conference

October 27th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development – 99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton, VA 23666

Cost:  Free

Attend the FREE, one-of-a-kind business forum, “Winning the Entrepreneurial Race,” at Thomas Nelson Community College on October 27th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Our keynote speaker is Chris Heivly, co-founder of Mapquest.  He will be sharing his knowledge about being a “serial entrepreneur.  You will also learn the following from the leading business experts:

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Space is limited!  Go to  Business Forum for more information and registering for this innovative conference!

Business Resources:  How to Create a Professional Website for Government Contracting

October 30th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., ODU Business Innovation Center, 4111 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508

Cost:  Free

It is another federal budget year and the federal agencies will buy what you have if they know about your company. Are you ready? 

Does your website make it easy for federal procurement agents to get the information to buy from you? Is your website search engine optimized for government buyers to find your products and services? Does your website make it easy for federal clients to order from you? If these points are important to you and your business, we have the workshop that will grow your business!

Our hands-on workshop will show you how to create a professional Government website that will help you grow sales, (Wi-Fi will be provided, so bring laptops). Learn the tools and secrets to quickly build a website that sells your products and services to the government.

Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/odu-hampton-roads-procurement-assistance-center-14999600331?s=79069029 to reserve your seat today!

So don’t delay on any of these programs to help your business grow!  Go to the above links and register today!

 

Business Conference: Chris Heivly Speaker Profile

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Business Conference: Chris Heivly Speaker Profile

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Chris Heivly, C0-Founder of MapQuest, Featured speaker

Come to the upcoming free business conference, “Winning the Entrepreneurial Race!” Thomas Nelson Community College is hosting this innovative business conference on October 30th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I am especially excited about our lineup of business experts. These experts will be sharing their proven techniques for successfully starting and growing your business. Our keynote speaker, Chris Heivly will be our lunchtime speaker. He is known for the following achievements:

  • Dubbed the “Startup Whisperer”
  • MapQuest co-founder
  • Serial entrepreneur
  • TechStars Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • The StartUp Factory Managing Partner
  • Inc.com Contributor
  • Best-Selling Author of “Building the Fort”(Free Giveaway for All Conference Attendees)
  • Tedx Speaker

The following video is of Chris speaking at the Tedx. This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Chris Heivly talks about his experience starting MapQuest and compares starting a company as an adult to building a fort in the woods as a kid. He also shares lessons he has learned as he has become a mentor for many other start up companies.

He will be our lunchtime speaker and will share his proven techniques for starting your business. Along with hearing Chris, you will learn the following:

  • How to successfully take your idea, product, and service to the marketplace
  • How to build a powerful brand through video and get larger sales.
  • How to access free government programs that will help you grow your business
  • How to use video as a powerful marketing tool
  • And much, much more!

So register today! Space is limited.

Free Business Conference Bonus! Along with a complimentary networking breakfast and lunch, the first 100 people who registers now and attends the conference will get a FREE copy of Chris Heivly’s best-selling book, “Building the Fort.”

Go to the following page, http://tncc.edu/events/peninsula-entrepreneurship-forum, to register and learn how you can start and grow your business today!

 

Business Conference at Thomas Nelson Community College

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Business Conference at Thomas Nelson Community College

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Chris Heivly, C0-Founder of MapQuest, Featured speaker

Do you have the next big idea, product, or service and want to learn a proven method of bringing it to the marketplace?

Want to learn how to brand yourself as the expert in your field and get higher ticket sales?

Want to learn about the little-known, free business resources that will take your business to the next level?

Then attend our FREE, one-of-a-kind business forum, “Winning the Entrepreneurial Race,” at Thomas Nelson Community College on October 27th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn the following business secrets from leading business experts:

* Learn the time-tested blueprint to taking your idea, product, or service and successful launching it in the marketplace

* Learn how to create a powerful business brand with video that creates endless leads and increases sales

* Learn how valuable government programs can help propel your business to the next level

Sign up today! Space is limited. The first 100 people who register and attend the forum with Chris Heivly  Book, Build the Fort, business book, receive Chris Heivly’s best-selling book, “Build the Fort,” for free,  Complimentary breakfast and lunch is included with your free registration.

Click on the link to reserve your space! http://tncc.edu/events/peninsula-entrepreneurship-forum

Presentation Skills: Selling the Big Idea

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Presentation Skills: Selling the Big Idea

presentation skills, presentation, presenter, public speaking, public speaking skills, communication skillsPresentation skills are extremely important when introducing big ideas in business, the community, and elsewhere.  As a leader and/or manager, you are constantly selling your employees, investors, and colleagues.  As a business owner, the ability to sell your ideas to prospective customers can make or break your business.  Presenting your big idea is a great way to show your passion, belief, and conviction to the big idea so that it comes alive.

When selling your big idea, use spoken communication to introduce “the big picture.”  Then put the details in writing. This will give your listeners something to g0 back to for specifics.

 

For additional communication skills resources:

Presentation Skills Ten Secrets Book

Are You Ready for Your Shark Tank Moment? Five Presentation Skills Secrets to Giving a Winning Presentation