FILWP Presenting Tips
HERE ARE SOME TOP FILWP PRESENTING TIPS
Welcome to this series of FILWP Presenting Tips.
I originally created #FILWP because I know what it’s like not to have any idea how to structure, prepare or deliver a presentation, or to freak out about it, because that used to be me. (Read my story here.)
Despite it (and the fear of public speaking) being such a common problem for so many people, I could not find a single, comprehensive source of useful tips to help improve the way you present. For example, I did not find it useful to be told to ‘just relax’; if I knew how to do that, I’d not have been asking for help in the first place!
As much as a face-to-face, live course is probably still the best way of learning, I also realise that not everyone is able to take a few days out to do that.
Therefore, once the #FILWP courses were up and running, the video and the ‘Fall in Love with Presenting’ workbook created and the corporate offering put in place, the next logical thing to do was to start sharing my own tips based on what I’ve learnt over the last 20 years or so.
That’s exactly what I did, and here they are.
Scroll down, click, enjoy, share and contribute!
20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
I have a keen eye for detail, and I notice things. One of my strengths is also to experiment with new ideas and to implement them quickly.
Having attending and facilitating hundreds of events, I’ll also share with you what I’ve learnt from other presenters, teachers and peers; what worked and what didn’t.
FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE, AND YOUR OWN WAY
Of course, I do not necessarily know you, your style, values, environment or audience; what I do know is that these tips works for me and for many people I have shared them with.
Because they work so well for so many people and because most of them are sooooo simple and easy to implement, with such great and positive impact, I’d love for you to start using them immediately, in your very next presentation. Remember that successful people implement quickly.
That way you too, can fall in love with the art of presenting and once you do, it changes everything!
While that is true, all of us also have to take one step before the next, one step at a time. So, even if initially these tips just help you to be a bit less freaked out and a bit more confident, then I say that’s a good thing, and a good basis to build on.
It is crucial that, ultimately, you find your own voice and your own way because that’s the only way you (and your presentations) will ever be authentic I hope that this will happen sooner rather than later, and, in the meantime, feel free to ‘borrow’ my way of doing things; it’s not even my way, of course, it’s just what others have taught me.
MY PROMISE TO YOU
I promise that I will not insult your intelligence by saying things like ‘”Just be more confident” because if you knew how to do that, you’d not be reading this right now.
Similarly, I will not waste your time with vague suggestions like “Engage your audience.”
Instead, these tips will be specific, clear and quick and easy to implement.
TIPS ON HOW TO USE THE TIPS
- The tips aren’t listed in any order; one is not more important than any other, so pick and click them at random and see which one you get!
- Where it’s important, tips have links to other, related tips – I suggest you read those too, as understanding one will help you understand the other.
- Decide on one or max two to focus on and implement in your very next presentation.
- Make it your own, tweak my way to become your way, depending on your topic, your audience and your style.
SCROLL DOWN FOR THE SERIES OF FILWP PRESENTING TIPS
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #009: AVOID 'LIVE' STORIES WHEN YOU PRESENT Because we, as human beings, connect through our hearts and our emotions, telling stories (especially personal ones) when you present have huge power. FILWP Presenting Tip #009 highlights a...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #008: AVOID ARGUING WITH (SOMEONE IN) YOUR AUDIENCE Although this rarely happens, I have seen some presenters get very hot under the collar when someone in the audience has a different opinion to theirs. FILWP Presenting Tip #008 will...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #007: YOUR AUDIENCE MEMBERS PROBABLY AREN'T IDIOTS It always fascinates me (and have an internal giggle) when a the speaker assumes that their audience know nothing about their subject. Sometimes they would even take a lot of time...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #006: CONSCIOUSLY INCLUDE (OR UNCONSCIOUSLY EXCLUDE) As a speaker it is very easy to slip into the assumption that just because your audience looks or sounds like you, they are like you. FILWP Presenting Tip #006 will help you understand the...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #005: "BUT" MAY SOUND OK TO YOU, BUT... FILWP Presenting Tip #005 might again be one of those where you think I'm on a 'politcal correctness' or 'word police' soapbox. Far from it, as you'll see what a big impact such a short word...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #004: EMPTY SEATS SUCK EGGS (AND ENERGY): AVOID THEM If you're like most presenters, you might be tempted to ignore FILWP Presenting Tip #004. You might think that it does not matter, or that it's too much of a hassle. I wish I...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #002: PICTURES ARE (OFTEN) FOREVER - MAKE SURE YOU GET THEM With our present-day technology, FILWP Presenting Tip #002 is super easy to get right, and is something you'll kick yourself for later if you don't. Imagine that you've...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #001: DROP THE 'GUYS', GUYS! FILWP Presenting Tip #001 is about something that happens so often that you'll probably be surprised that you'd not thought of it before. Yet, you'll also be surprised how often you notice it from now on, not just in...
FILWP PRESENTING TIP #003: WHEN IT COMES TO PRESENTING, YOUR BACKGROUND MATTERS FILWP Presenting Tip #003 is, like Tip #002, related to getting snapped at your event. If you followed Tip #002, then you got a professional photographer (or Uncle Bob) to take...
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