Good public speaking and presenting skills don't come naturally. They take practice--something lots of managers avoid or can't seem to set aside time to do. But practice lets you try, make mistakes and correct them fast, and gives you a safer place to fail than a real-life presentation. And the more you practice, the better you'll be on your feet. Practice and training help you make it look effortless.
If you're looking to step up your presenting game and take it to the next level, you'll want to master such skills as:
- Relying less on the lectern or standing in one place, and replacing that with confident movement around the room--a way to keep your audience's attention and even emphasize key points;
- Using gestures and props strategically, to make your message stick in the minds of your listeners and to help you speak more smoothly (a trick you can take advantage of);
- Speaking without notes while still remembering your key points--and making it easier for your listeners to remember them; and
- Handling Q-and-A with ease, ready to answer questions or handle difficult questioners without getting anxious.
Here's what participants in the last Good On Your Feet! workshop had to say:
- "I feel more confident in my ability to give presentations--thanks!"
- "I found useful the question-and-answer response tactics and a pausing technique that I can use."
- "Most valuable: practicing with feedback from Denise and the other participants."
- "Most valuable for me were the graceful ways with questions and answers, critiques, video recording and moving around (walking and talking).
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