Knockout Presentations – Diane Diresta

7 Ways To Stop Tripping Over Your Words
Published: 2021-1-14
Do you trip over your words This is one reason people fear or avoid public speaking It doesn t have to be that way Everyone stumbles now and then Here are seven ways to stop tripping over your words
Q A How To Face A Firing Squad Without Being Shot
Published: 2021-1-11
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Talk To The Teleprompter
Published: 2021-1-04
Do you have trouble staying on message Do you lose your train-of-thought Do you remember an important point after your presentation is over No worries It s the teleprompter to the rescue Teleprompters are no longer just for broadcasters Today s presenters need broadcasting skills and there are times when a teleprompter will serve you well You can download teleprompter apps for your phone and computer that will enable you to write your presentation and read it while filming a video Video presentations are more important than ever-especially for interviews Imagine how you ll stand out on linkedin and other social media platforms when you share your expertise in a short video Whether you re an entrepreneur or work for a company your ability to present yourself is essential to your success You can create a video to build your brand gain visibility present an idea pitch yourself as the ideal job candidate or thank the interviewer afterwards Using a teleprompter will enable you to look your best and impress the audience So here are a few tips when using a teleprompter Write for the ear not for the eye Use natural everyday language so that you sound like yourself For example use contractions to sound less formal Use shorter action words Rehearse out loud Does it sound like a speech or does it sound like you Format your script Use bolding highlighting underlining and capitals to emphasize certain words or phrases Use a forward slash to indicate a pause and a double slash to indicate a longer pause Use a font that s easy to see but not so large that it takes up the whole screen Write out names or difficult words phonetically Frame yourself Choose a simple clean background that doesn t compete with you and your message Choose a head shot or waist shot to create more intimacy A full body shot will look more formal and create more distance between you and your audience Also the words may be harder to read at a distance Master eye contact The goal is to see the script but to appear as if you re looking at the audience This takes practice Don t move your eyes from left to right or you ll look like you re reading Test your eye contact by doing several takes Usually looking at the top line will work You ll need to experiment to look natural It shouldn t be obvious that you re using a teleprompter Adjust the speed If the words fly by too fast you ll speed up and sound nervous If the words scroll one at a time you ll sound boringly slow The average speaking rate is 150 words per minute You ll want to test the right speaking rate and also vary your intonation The speed should allow enough time to pause Marking up the script will help add color and energy to the voice Rehearse rehearse rehearse It takes a lot of preparation and practice to master the teleprompter When you do you ll sound natural without missing a beat img src http feeds feedburner com r KnockoutPresentations 4 WWV1wEfvB74 height 1 width 1 alt
How A Cup Of Coffee Can Get Your Presentation Brewing
Published: 2020-12-10
Next time you re stuck and stumbling over your words get out a coffee cup or a latte and call a friend
15 Ways To Command Attention During Virtual Meetings
Published: 2020-11-12
Do you struggle to keep attention during virtual meetings and presentations You re not alone Lack of engagement is one of the most common complaints Here are some tips to compete with distractions and short circuit Zoom fatigue
Lessons From The Debates For Public Speakers
Published: 2020-10-08
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4 Presentation Mistakes That Rob You Of Influence
Published: 2020-10-07
If you ever wondered why some people are more influential than others listen to their communication We all have the power to influence once we know how to present ourselves and our message
Low Tech Tools To Engage Any Audience
Published: 2020-9-10
Most of us can t wait to get back to in person meetings We will give presentations and conduct meetings but I suspect it will be a hybrid model of in person and virtual If you re not ready for technical bells and whistles no worries They can often compete with your message Here are some low tech tools that anybody can use
What s Your Digital Body Language Saying
Published: 2020-8-12
It s one thing to read the room when you re in person But how do you do that digitally
Engage Your Audience With High Tech Tools
Published: 2020-7-08
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Gamify Your Virtual Presentation
Published: 2020-6-17
Presentations have gone virtual Talking heads are old school So how do you make your virtual presentations exciting and interactive
How NOT To Debunk A Conspiracy Theory
Published: 2020-6-08
Conspiracy theories abound during these uncertain and troubling times How do you separate fact from fiction Whom do you believe
Press Release Speaking Expert Diane DiResta Awarded Certified Virtual Presenter Designation
Published: 2020-6-05
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Don t Sabotage Your Virtual Presentation With This One Mistake
Published: 2020-6-02
Your environment communicates a message Be sure that it enhances your brand Shakespeare once said All the world s a stage But today All the world s a screen
How To Speak Through A Face Mask
Published: 2020-5-14
With a little patience and practice we can unmask the message and communicate clearly
How To Rock A Virtual Panel
Published: 2020-4-27
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6 Tips For A Knockout Virtual Presentation
Published: 2020-4-09
The new normal is going to be virtual presentations Consider these tips to learn how to be a knockout presenter online
How To Deliver Bad News-Lessons From Marriott s CEO
Published: 2020-4-01
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What Oprah Taught Us About Public Speaking
Published: 2020-3-12
Public speaking can leave a person feeling vulnerable raw exposed and many are terrified that they ll make a big mistake in the front of the room and never be able to recover
3 Prep Tips For Powerful Presentations
Published: 2020-2-12
The success formula for public speaking is 90 preparation and 10 delivery You don t want to wing it Here are three areas to consider that will help you get ready calm your nerves and ensure a successful outcome