In this insightful presentation, Jeff Davidson discusses how to
persuasively impact audiences, in meetings large and small. To diminish
the "fear of public speaking" he'll focus on the basics of effective
public speaking, and then include advanced topics such as how to avoid
excessive perspiration while speaking, and what to do if you "blank out"
Reinforcing what you say to an audience with participant packets,
formally known as handouts. They could be distributed before, during, or
after your presentation, based on your method of delivery, how you want
audience members to interact, and what you want them to retain. Opt for
a shorter, rather than a longer, participant packet. Lengthy packets
may overwhelm audience members.
Shortening your lists. Rather than give them a list of ten things to
consider, give only five. People are exceedingly busy these days, and
having five, or even three, things to do is much more palatable than
Spoon feeding your audience at every opportunity. The old saying,"tell
them what you are going to tell them; tell them; and then tell them what
you told them"has never been more important. However, you need to do
this in a creative way.
Mixing your brilliant high-content how-to information with some stories
and anecdotes. There is nothing worse than listening to a brilliant
speaker who overloads the audience with observations and insight, facts
and data, but doesn't break up the material with stories. These stories
give listeners a visual picture.
Recognizing the listeners' pain throughout your presentation. If they
are in customer service, acknowledge the kinds of ordeals that they
experience on a daily basis. If they are in sales, find out the burning
issues that confront them, and keep acknowledging them throughout your
presentation. Nothing will endear you to your audience faster and help
maintain that precious relationship more than a keen display of your
knowledge of their hardships and predicaments.
Why should you Attend:
There are many ways to successfully deliver a presentation and many more
to fail at it. Three common mistakes, for example, that speakers make
Not Understanding the Assignment: Before ever leaving your own office,
it is critical to understand why you have been scheduled to speak to
this group at this time. Such understanding necessitates that you read
about the organization, get information about the audience's current
challenges and hot buttons, and learn what the meeting planner has in
mind for the presentation. Five-minute conversations over the phone
don't tend to supply you with all you need to know in that area.
The people in the seats desire to hear things that directly relate to
the professional and personal challenges they face. Or, they want to
hear about issues of universal importance, i.e. affecting their
communities, state, nation, or the planet. The only way to come armed
with the proper information about the scenario and setting is to spend
at least an hour researching the group and the situation.
Failing to Know Your Audience: Beyond understanding the setting and why
you are invited to speak, knowing the audience is itself an art and a
Probe even further. How far have they come? Do they know each other or
- Who are they?
- What is their age range?
- What is their educational background?
- How long have they been with the organization?
- What is this particular meeting designed to do?
are they assembling for the first time? What will they hear before and
after the presentation? What did they hear last year or at a similar
meeting? How would they like to feel and what would they like to"get"as a
result of your presentation-when they leave the room, how will they be
Unless you find answers to these types of questions, and there isn't
much more that you could know, don't accept the presentation. Without
this information, your presentation may hit the mark if you are
incredibly lucky, but chances are that you will simply dance around the
periphery of what you need to do and say to be successful.
Not Arriving With Sufficient Clearance Time: Whether your presentation
is across the world, across the country, or across town, increase your
probability of success by arriving in plenty of time. This may require
coming in the night before you're scheduled to present.
When you arrive early, you gain a considerable advantage which can
often be the make-or-break factor in the success of your presentation.
You get to settle in, calm down, check out the facilities, walk the
room, talk to people, check out equipment, and arrange things. In doing
so, you give yourself the edge over the speaker who arrives"just in
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Some of the fastest ways to quickly get better at public speaking
- How to organize your notes for smooth delivery
- Why knowing your audience plays a big part in being effective
- How to pace yourself so that your delivery well-received
- Ensuring that your content is fresh
Who Will Benefit:
- Managers and Executives
- New Recruits and Temps
- Team Leaders
- Tram Managers and Team Sponsors
- Project Staff
- Project Managers
- Project Directors
Expert®, can move an audience like few others. Jeff offers dynamic
learning keynotes and seminar presentations. He combines outstanding
information and communication overload. Jeff supercharges his audiences
to master their to-do lists, manage interruptions, and take action.