Improve Your Presentation Skills Before, During & After Your Next Presentation

Almost all professionals are called upon to make remarks, speak up in a meeting, or provide formal presentations during the course of their career. What makes savvy people stand out is their willingness to learn and grow their skills – over the course of their lifetime. This article outlines what a smart professional does, Before, During and After each and every presentation to continually improve their skills!

Before Your Presentation

As soon as you learn of the opportunity to speak, it’s time to do a quick assessment of your audience. Ask yourself what your audience already knows about the subject and what they hope to learn. Who are they and what type of communication style do they have? Do they need information delivered in short bullet-like chunks, or do they need more relationship building, or time to digest extra detail. You also need to ensure you have the answer to this question: What’s In It For Them To Listen? Make sure you know the bottom line message and its value to your audience BEFORE you start your remarks!

During Your Presentation

During your presentation you want to keep abreast of the energy in the room. This is most easily done if your remarks are well organized and you can focus on your audience. Make eye contact with all those you can see during the presentation. If you’re in a large room, move your eye contact around every few seconds to areas of the room you can’t see. Involve everyone by varying your eye contact frequently. Use gestures to emphasize key points and constantly bring your remarks back around to your theme. Keep in mind that everything you say during your presentation needs to relate back to the bottom line message (and what’s in it for your audience) that you announced at the start.

After Your Presentation

Summarize your remarks powerfully by mentioning key points again, and tying them into your conclusion. Provide an action request so that participants know what they can do after the presentation to take next steps. Answer questions in the group or in individual conversations and always let people know how to get in touch with you should questions arise later. Make sure to maintain your professional poise even once you have left the stage as the audience’s eyes will still be on you! Once you’ve left the presentation room take stock of what went well and what you will improve next time! This may also be the time to consider formal presentation training to take your skills to a whole new level. You can learn about presentation training seminars at or download a free report to help grow your presentation skills from home. By applying these steps Before, During and After all your upcoming presentations you will grow your skills, your confidence and your credibility. Over the course of your professional career, your comfort in providing formal presentations, casual talks and impromptu remarks will soar!

Efficient Oral Presentations Which Are Tailored According To The Audience

When setting up a presentation, we all consider the fundamentals: what one needs to say, the information which needs to be used for backing, any visuals that may offer assistance. However shouldn’t we think about the individuals you’re presenting to? The tips will help in developing understanding about the audience to whom one has to present.

The better one comprehends the audience’s objectives and concerns, the more probable you are to attain to your target and your sought results. Furthermore, the better capable you will be to gauge those victories.

How enormous will the gathering be? Who will be truant? How many people are you expecting five, fifteen or fifty? The span of the group of onlookers influences the sort of presentation you’ll give and the assets you’ll require. Stay informed concerning which individuals would not be able to attend.

What are the designations of the people who are attending the presentation? To whom are they responsible? Having an essential comprehension of their obligations will help you connect with them. Consider why your message matters to them and how you can make their lives less demanding. You’ll highlight those things when you prepare your oral presentation.

What does the audience already know? What new do individuals need to know? Try not to express the self-evident, yet give individuals enough foundation data to comprehend what you’re stating and how it influences them.

What are individuals liable to accept? Which of those suppositions are right and which are mistaken? Anticipating your audience’s assumptions helps you make better choices about how to present your content. In the event that there’s a misperception you have to amend, this may be the time to do it tenderly. Case in point, if your viewers accept that the new framework you’re proposing will take a lot of time and push to learn, plainly clarify how you’ll help facilitate the move with preparing sessions and additional specialized backing.

Think about the consequences of goal conflict between the audiences? Anticipating your audience’s assumptions helps you make better choices about how to present your content.

Will you or another person consider them responsible for what happens amid or after the presentation? Counsel with the participants’ about
the criticism or deliverables you’ll be requesting, to verify your objectives adjusted to theirs.

Envisioning the needs and concerns of your group of viewers helps you align your psyche set as you plan and execute your oral presentation. Take the old saying about placing yourself in others’ shoes to the following level: Put yourself inside their heads and behind their eyes. Envision yourself staying there seeing what you need to say.

Original Christmas Presents

Beat the rush and buy Christmas presents for friends and family in style! The smart way to avoid the crowds and pick up great value is to attend an auction. You’ll be amazed at what you can find and you’ll be amazed at the sheer variety.

The best way is to take out a one month subscription to various auction search services which have the widest coverage of forthcoming auction lots anywhere on the web. However, if you want to take a short cut, stay tuned to this blog for a few tips! We will be pointing you in the right direction twice a week over the next six weeks with some terrific ideas, thus enhancing your reputation as a savvy and imaginative gift buyer!

In an online world, people often forget the simple pleasure of writing in longhand! It is even more pleasurable to respond to the numerous gifts and invitations received over the Christmas period with an antique pen. There are some wonderful old pens available at auction, frequently modestly priced, and they combine the fact that they look good, feel good and write good!

Some are truly collectors items and their distinctiveness or rarity may be reflected in their prices. Their desirability may, however, be determined by either your budget or the degree to which you care for the recipient! The broadest coverage of all comes from eBay though there is an array of other options as this glimpse into an online ‘auction search’ database indicates.

Items for sale this week include:

A pair of late 19th /early 20th century jewellers scales with brass pens and weights in a mahogany box (Peter Cheney – Littlehampton, West Sussex)

A 19th century Anglo Indian carved ebony document box with an intricately fitted interior for documents, inkwells and pens with a tray raised on bracket feet (Northeast Auctions – Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

A small assortment of dip pens including mother of pearl and carved ivory examples (Fieldings – Stourbridge, West Midlands)

Two vintage Waterman fountain pens (Reeman Dansie – Colchester, Essex)

There is no estimate for the first two lots while the latter two should be relatively inexpensive at around £25 – 30 each. If you want to browse the web more thoroughly, we recommend scanning sites that focus on bricks and mortar salerooms.

Happy hunting!