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9781412915007

Backstage Pass for Trainers, Facilitators, and Public Speakers : Your Guide to Successful Presentations

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    9781412915007

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    1412915007

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-20
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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'A wonderful contribution to the presentation field. As a presenter for 15 years, I have purchased, read, or perused many books on presentations. This is the most useful and captivating book I have read thus far. . . . I love the dollops of research integrated into the manuscript. Since brain research is my area, I am happy that others will see how it relates. The author makes important connections between preparation, presentation, and prudence. This Backstage Pass can make the difference between an acceptable presentation and an outstanding one!' - Marilee Sprenger , Professional Development Consultant, Presenter, and Author'The warm, friendly, conversational tone makes it feel like the author is right there with you, cheering you on as you put her tried and true suggestions to work. . . . Her suggestions resonate with my own professional experience. I found myself laughing, agreeing, and shouting 'yes!' (even though there was no one in the room to hear me). . . .I plan to re-read this book periodically to remind myself of this powerful advice and apply it to my own presentations' - Lynell Burmark , Thornburg Center Associate, Presenter, and AuthorA how-to guide to working effectively with adult audiences in small or large presentation settings. With an emphasis not only on communicating information, but also on winning audience approval and buy-in, this friendly and humorous little book can be read in one sitting on the plane or train as a do-it-yourself mentor, speaking coach, image consultant, and train-the-trainer all in one. The topics range from "pack for success and catch the early train" through "closers for summary, review, reflection, and connection." Also featured are strategies for designing audience handouts, seating the audience, maintaining group energy, working with angry and challenging audiences, structuring breaks so the audience returns after the break, and more. Assessment methods include self-evaluation, formal evaluations, and partnering with trusted colleagues for collaborative observation and feedback.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
About the Author xi
Introduction 1(2)
Preparation Precedes Success
3(6)
Clear Communication: Exceeding Expectations
3(1)
Questions and Answers
4(4)
Minimizing the Chance for Misunderstanding
4(2)
Tailoring Programs: One Size Does Not Fit All
6(1)
Preparing Handouts
6(2)
Organizing for Relaxed Delivery
8(1)
Do's and Don'ts
8(1)
Little Things Mean a Lot
9(8)
Sleep for Efficiency
9(1)
Eat for Sustained Energy
10(1)
Dress for Success
11(1)
Pack Light and Catch the Early Train
11(1)
Questions and Answers
12(4)
Packing Checklist
12(2)
Sharing Book Resources
14(1)
Heading Off Equipment Trouble
14(1)
Hydration-Wet Your Whistle to Whet Your Brain
15(1)
Do's and Don'ts
16(1)
Lights, Camera, Action!
17(9)
Readying the Facility
17(2)
Materials
19(1)
Start Before You Begin
19(1)
Questions and Answers
20(5)
Crutches to Stay Calm and on Course
20(1)
Room Setup: The Good, the Bad, and the Adjustments
21(1)
Seating Participants for Great Results
21(2)
Distributing Handouts and Materials
23(1)
Charts, Slides, and Overheads
23(1)
Grand Entrances
24(1)
Do's and Don'ts
25(1)
Quick---Let 'Em Love You!
26(11)
Gaining Acceptance
26(1)
Building Audience Rapport
27(1)
Vulnerability
27(1)
Establish Common Ground
27(1)
Friendly Is Good, Familiar Is Not
27(1)
Acknowledge Knowledge and Know-How
28(1)
Working Around Personal Quirks
28(1)
Questions and Answers
28(7)
Honoring Audience Expertise
29(1)
Increasing Visibility
30(1)
Changing an Audience's Point of View
30(1)
Agendas and Overviews
31(1)
Introductions and Openers
32(2)
Positive Communication
34(1)
Do's and Don'ts
35(2)
Put Teeth Into Your Technique
37(17)
Purpose Drives Process
37(1)
Question and Answers
38(14)
Delivering the Main Course: Information, Skills, and Message
38(1)
Limiting Content
39(1)
Reflections and Connections
39(1)
Motivating an Audience
40(2)
Generating New Thinking
42(1)
Understanding: Taking the Road Less Traveled
42(2)
Nonverbal Communication
44(3)
Small Groups to Enliven Learning
47(1)
Timing Group Work
48(1)
Maintaining Involvement
48(1)
Regaining Attention
49(1)
Ensuring Active Participation
49(2)
Tight Parameters to Ensure Success
51(1)
Do's and Don'ts
52(2)
Enthrall 'Em All
54(18)
Job 1: Make Time Disappear
54(1)
Infusing Excitement Into Sessions
54(1)
Variety as a Vehicle
55(1)
Monitoring an Audience
55(2)
The 1--2--3 Rule
57(1)
Questions and Answers
57(13)
Introductions Set the Tone
57(1)
Change of State
58(1)
Movement: More Than a Sign of Life, the Glue for Learning
59(1)
Energizers
60(2)
Breaks
62(1)
Putting Lecture in Its Place
62(1)
Covering Volumes of Content: Alternative Methods
63(3)
Accountability in Group Work
66(1)
Group Size
67(1)
Visuals to Enhance Meaning
67(2)
Directing Attention
69(1)
Applying Content
69(1)
Handling Questions
69(1)
Do's and Don'ts
70(2)
Rave Reviews: Making Sure You Still Have an Audience Left After Break
72(17)
Appeal
72(1)
Fun
72(1)
Comfort
73(1)
Mystery
73(1)
Finesse
74(1)
Questions and Answers
75(13)
When You Don't Have the Answer
75(1)
Building Fun Into Learning
75(3)
Creating Physical and Emotional Comfort
78(2)
Prizes and Rewards
80(1)
Meaningful Mixers
80(2)
Time and Organization
82(1)
Handling Difficult Audiences
83(2)
Humility
85(1)
Setting Yourself Apart
86(2)
Do's and Don'ts
88(1)
That's a Wrap!
89(13)
The Lasting Impression
89(1)
Questions and Answers
90(11)
The Three Features of a Quality Closer
90(1)
Audience Awareness of Session Gains
91(1)
Review, Rehearsal, and Application
92(5)
Positive Endings
97(4)
Do's and Don'ts
101(1)
Evaluations: Make It the Best Plant Possible and Then Keep Weeding, Watering, and Talking to It Sweet
102(9)
Consistency: An Allusive Target
102(1)
Inviting Improvement
103(1)
Questions and Answers
104(6)
Informal Feedback
104(1)
Formal Feedback
105(3)
Collegial Feedback
108(2)
Do's and Don'ts
110(1)
References 111(2)
Index 113

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