Some people are just natural born speakers, they are comfortable talking in front of an audience, they look confident and credible, but they are the minority.
For most presenters, effective presentation delivery requires learning presentation skills and a lot of practice. Fortunately, there are online resources to teach you how to be a better presenter.
One of the good resources to learn more about public presentation skills is Effective Speaking, below is their latest newsletter about 3 best practices in delivering a Presentation.
Many of the people who attend our courses are concerned about their delivery. They want to look confident and credible and deliver their material in a way that has the audience engaged. In fact, some believe that their delivery is more important than their message. We don’t agree with that but we do agree that poor delivery can sabotage great content.
Conversely, conscious delivery can enhance an audience’s understanding and increase the likelihood that they’ll be influenced by your message. Here are three delivery techniques to try:
This is the name for a technique taught to us by Colorado Springs-based speaker/story-teller, Doug Stevenson. Drag out your words to emphasise an assertion or point. In the drag
“Each Word Is Separated From The Others And Given Equal Weight.”
So the sentence takes longer to say and its delivery is quite deliberate and measured. This lets the audience know that this statement is more important than those around it.
Sometimes known as a pause, the wait should be used whenever you’ve made a statement of significance. If you ask a question, wait – while the audience ponders it in their own minds. When you complete a “paragraph” of thoughts, wait – so that the audience can consolidate the information. And when you’ve just explained the contents of a slide, wait – so the audience can integrate your verbal message with the slide’s visual message – in non-distracting silence.
Movement can (and should) be used to signal transitions and “edges” in your content. If you have a list of three short statements (eg “the new model is faster, cheaper and safer”) deliver each ‘bullet’ to a different audience member. Move your attention and eyes from one person to the next – that way, the fact that there are three benefits will stand out. If you start to give an example to illustrate a point, move to a different place in the room as you say the words “let me give you an example” so that transition is physical as well as verbal. When you have a really important point – such as your Key Message – move to the centre of the “stage” and move closer to your audience before you deliver the point. When they see you go to that position they’ll get that what you’re about to say is important.
Consciousness creates Congruency
These three techniques will make your delivery congruent with your message. Just as smiling when describing a sad event weakens your words, Drag, Wait and Move will strengthen your words.
And they have you look more confident.
- Nervous speakers often rush through their message – Drag shows you’ll take your time.
- Nervous speakers tend to babble constantly – Wait shows you’re willing to let your audience think.
- Nervous speakers stiffen – Move makes you look at ease in your space.
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