Present for Success: A Powerful Approach to Building Confidence, Developing Impact and Transforming Your Presentations

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-01
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp

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Most people dislike presenting, and they allow this feeling to limit their success. Are you one of them? In an age of intense competition and savvy consumers, it makes no sense to hold back and let others have the limelight. Developing your presentation skills and overcoming your limitations will open doors and create opportunities you can't afford to miss.

Table of Contents

Assess Yourself
Nervesp. 1
Managing stage fright so it doesn't manage youp. 2
The physiology of fearp. 2
The power adrenalinp. 3
Changing fear to fun, mentally and physicallyp. 6
Star Tips for managing presentation nervesp. 13
Developing Your Content, Developing Your Structurep. 15
The first stepp. 6
Getting your ideas to flowp. 16
Plugging into the World Wide Webp. 19
Who's listening?p. 19
Putting it all togetherp. 21
The many ways to give life to your structurep. 22
The keys to being memorablep. 24
Star Tips for developing and organising your contentp. 27
Tools for Delivery-your Wordsp. 29
Managing audience attentionp. 30
Keep it simple, with impactp. 30
Jargon as a foreign languagep. 36
What you don't say can be just as importantp. 36
A picture paints a thousand wordsp. 36
How else do we remember?p. 45
Star Tips for using the words that will work best for youp. 47
Tools for Delivery-your Voicep. 49
Yours presentation toolboxp. 50
Imitate your way to successp. 50
Expanding your comfort zonep. 51
But my material is so dry!p. 53
Speedp. 55
Star Tips for making the most of your voicep. 59
Tools for Delivery-your Facep. 61
Face factsp. 62
Smile, and the world smiles with youp. 63
Closing and opening you facep. 64
High brow, low browp. 67
The eyes have itp. 68
Eye contactp. 70
Mouthing your way to successp. 72
Star tips for adding meaning and impact with your facep. 73
Tools for Delivery-your Bodyp. 75
Do you speak body language?p. 76
Putting the body puzzle togetherp. 76
How many words are there in your body language vocabulary?p. 82
The complete messagep. 84
Star Tips for making effective physical choicesp. 85
Visual Aids that Help Rather than Hurtp. 87
What's the point?p. 88
The slippery nature of slidesp. 88
Slides to open with, slides to close withp. 90
Trends in presentation slidesp. 95
Slide do's and don'tsp. 95
The good, the bad, and the uglyp. 96
Handoutsp. 98
Remote controlp. 104
Laser pointersp. 105
Flipcharts and whiteboardsp. 106
Fun and gamesp. 108
Visual aids for youp. 110
Star Tips for making sure your visual aids work for youp. 114
Technical Presentation Challengesp. 117
How technical presentations ate different and the samep. 118
Charts and graphsp. 118
Slides vs. take-home documentsp. 121
Star Tips for enhancing the clarity of your technical presentationsp. 123
Managing the Environmentp. 125
Arranging the furniturep. 126
Arranging you mindp. 126
Time killersp. 132
Musical accompanimentp. 132
Let the walls speak for youp. 133
Meet and greetp. 134
Some like it hot and others don'tp. 135
Bang, bang! You're deadp. 135
It's never too late to make changesp. 136
Time managementp. 137
Star Tips for creating the right speaking environmentp. 139
Troubleshootingp. 141
It depends on how you see itp. 142
What to do ifp. 142
Handling difficult questionsp. 145
Managing your thoughtsp. 150
Avoid ending on a sour notep. 152
Star Tips for managing unexpected or unwelcome eventsp. 153
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