by Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
If you are considering how to create impact in front of a group, these 7 critical elements should absolutely be part of the program. Of course, a successful presentation requires adequate preparation and knowledge, but confidence and control are equally important. Yet, with public speaking being one of the major fears of Americans, the thought of getting in front of a group, can be very intimidating. You will do well to remember and apply Eleanor Roosevelt’s maxim: “No one can intimidate me without my permission.”
Remember these 7 key elements when considering Presentation Skills Training:
1. Will the program open your world to fun? A good presentation conveys information and at the same time, entertains. People retain much more if they are relaxed and enjoy themselves. The content and delivery should always be enjoyable, even if it is a serious occasion. Even a very dry subject can be enlivened with imagination, humor and a little research.
2. Will you learn how to create an introduction? You must have a very good, solid introduction, which you must rehearse endlessly. Your introduction may include a story or a quote and an agenda. Your objective is to create impact and an impression is created within the first 4 to 7 seconds.
3. Will the program place you on your feet? Your goal is to create comfortability. The only way to become effective as a presenter is to practice in front of a group.
4. Will you develop stronger body language? Whether it is with respect to smiling or posture, what key elements will help you connect with the audience to engage.
5. Does the program encourage the use of humor? Effective presentation programs will educate on humor and how to be effective in its presentation. An off-color joke or a badly timed joke without a back-up plan can take you off your game. Learning how to incorporate a few funny quotes, an amusing picture or cartoon, or even a prop, can add life to your presentation and open the airwaves to learning.
6. Will you be taught presentation etiquette? Some of your audience may be late, but you should always start on time. This means, arriving early, setting up the room or changing it as necessary, and having your materials ready, is critical.
7. Does the program challenge your content? An average listener has an attention span that extends between five and ten minutes for a single unbroken subject. Changing and breaking content, asking audience questions, shifting stage position, changing voice inflection, can all enhance your presentation and keep the attention of your audience.
About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. The current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.