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How to Start off a Presentation -some tips:

How to Start off a Presentation -some tips By R. Masilamani

Greatest Fears Among People:

Greatest Fears Among People Speaking Before a Group of People Heights Insects and Bugs Financial problems Deep water Sickness Death (From the Book of Lists)

‘One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks’ -Jack Penn:

‘One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks’ -Jack Penn

What’s the Challenge?:

What’s the Challenge? The phone rings. You recognise your boss’s voice at the other end of the line; “ congratulations….your team did it again! For the past several months your department’s performance has consistently set the pace for our company. You’re doing a great job. I want to recognise your team’s performance at our next Management meeting and I have arranged too put you on the Agenda for a 20 minute presentation. We want you to share the great things your company has been doing with the rest of the compay ! Our entire senior staff is looking forward to hear what you have to say.” (From ‘136 Effective Presentation Skills’ by Tony Jeary and David Cottrell.)

The Real Challenge is…:

The Real Challenge is… After hanging up the phone, the reality sets in You ask yourself, ‘What if I FAIL?” This could be a career disaster. Then, why did you agree to this? Are you nervous?

What’s the Deal?:

What’s the Deal? This is an emotional trip Won by technical expertise, things that you can take to attack the fear of presentation Your butterflies in the stomach can be your No 1 ENEMY So, your main mission is to keep your nerves under control Your ability to present will enhance your credibility and the respect you receive. Let’s do it!

9 ideas you can use to get your audience involved in just “10 seconds”:

9 ideas you can use to get your audience involved in just “10 seconds” 9 tips will help you to deliver YOUR next impossible presentation! 9 Tips to Get Your Audience’s Attention…in 10 Seconds don’t be afraid to experiment, don’t conform and be one of the “crazy ones” one of the main challenges when giving any sort of presentation, big or small, is immediately capturing the attention of those you’re speaking to

First 10 Seconds:

First 10 Seconds The first ten seconds are typically a make-or-break moment Great speakers are able to establish rapport with the audience from the very beginning awaken their curiosity, elicit feelings and get them involved There are countless different ways of doing this

A few preliminary remarks::

A few preliminary remarks: A) The audience always starts off cold. You should take it for granted that the audience will be cold at the beginning. But always remember that the audience starts off cold. Just accept it!

B) Focus on those who are listening and ignore those who aren’t. "Focusing is about saying no" - Steve Jobs (WWDC'97) :

B) Focus on those who are listening and ignore those who aren’t. "Focusing is about saying no" - Steve Jobs (WWDC'97)

A few preliminary remarks::

A few preliminary remarks: B) Focus on those who are listening t’s very useful to concentrate on those members of the audience who listen immediately Staying focused on active people is a good idea, because they’ll bring the surlier, more timid, reluctant or uninterested members of the audience into the fold

C) You’re not Steve Jobs. Sorry :

C) You’re not Steve Jobs. Sorry

A few preliminary remarks::

A few preliminary remarks: C) You’re not Steve Jobs. Sorry : Giving a speech is completely different depending on whether you’re a celebrity or an unknown person. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the vast majority of people, who are unknown to their audiences when they start And the start is tough. it’s best not to set your expectations too high and to start knowing that there’s no supporting band to warm up the atmosphere before you begin!

9 tips to catch your audience’s attention in 10 seconds:

9 tips to catch your audience’s attention in 10 seconds

1) Audio shock:

1) Audio shock

1) Audio shock:

1) Audio shock Work with audio Your first attempt will probably be met with a lukewarm response and few people will scream pretend you’re somewhat disappointed, or tell the audience that’s not enough, that you’re sure they can produce the loudest scream in the world

1) Audio shock:

1) Audio shock This little and apparently silly tactic has many things going for it. First , screaming allows them to let off steam. Second , if someone’s screaming, it’s obvious that the ice’s been broken. Third , screaming people become physically active and their attention level immediately afterwards will be higher than that of people who start listening to your presentation completely still

2) Make your audience write :

2) Make your audience write

2) Make your audience write:

2) Make your audience write hand out pieces of paper to the audience before you start. Then, when you climb on the stage, the first thing you do is ask them to write something. if people take the trouble to draw or write about something, they’re sort of appropriating the presentation because they’ve taken the time to “create” something.

2) Make your audience write:

2) Make your audience write Asking them to take a portrait of the person next to them is also useful There are countless examples, but the important idea is that having them write something is very useful because it activates them, personalises the message and gets the audience involved in the presentation.

3) Turn your back:

3) Turn your back

3) Turn your back:

3) Turn your back is very simple (and perfect for a presentation with 50 people or more, but not suitable for a small audience). A very funny idea is entering the room, turning your back to the audience straight away and starting to tell them an anecdote.

3) Turn your back:

3) Turn your back Turning your back is surprising, piques curiosity and generates interest tie in the icebreaker with his/her presentation to justify the initial action the possibilities are endless this tip works straight away if done correctly, it leaves a mark and it’s not that common. In other words, this is a quick way to get the attention of the audience and catch them off guard with an unconventional attitude.

4) Video intro:

4) Video intro

4) Video intro:

4) Video intro Don’t begin to talk when you’re invited to Instead, start playing a video all of a sudden The possibilities are endless: just do a search on YouTube or the Viral Video Chart Remember that, in presentations, your goal is to move people, to make them think, laugh and cry

4) Video intro:

4) Video intro Your goal is to create feelings. Emotions and feelings get people more involved than cold reasoning The advantage of using an interesting video is that it captures the attention of the audience straight away. People just can’t avoid watching a video during the first ten seconds

5) Unconventional props:

5) Unconventional props

5) Unconventional props:

5) Unconventional props Using props is another good idea You kick off the presentation by showing an object and immediately asking the audience what it is Go on Amazon, you’ll find loads of interesting and curious objects You should also tread carefully when using this, because the responses from the audience can catch you off guard

5) Unconventional props:

5) Unconventional props The audience can answer almost anything, ranging from rude one-liners to comments on the speaker You don’t know what to expect from the audience, so once again it’s a good idea to try out this tip on friends or a more amicable audience before you use it in an official context

6) A ball…:

6) A ball…

6) A ball…:

6) A ball… Why not use a ball? you make them play with it and ask them to pass the ball around. You get a game going. This system focuses on the recreational aspect. The “ gamification ” of the presentation is done in a way that is very primitive, but nonetheless close to the nature of people. People love spherical objects, and a ball can be used for many different games, from football to basketball to children’s games.

6) A ball…:

6) A ball… That’s why it has a series of values that go beyond the object itself. It’s also a great way of breaking the ice because This makes the audience warm up and have fun and also allows for one-liners and gags. Embarrassing moments are also good Once again, the trick is to tie in with the start of the presentation or to use the game as a demonstration of a concept you want to showcase in your presentation.

7) Join the audience:

7) Join the audience

7) Join the audience:

7) Join the audience This is quite rare among speakers, because they’re often afraid of leaving the safety of their stands and mingling with the audience. There are different possibilities. One of them is to stand among the audience and start talking with its members as an equal. Another is to climb on-stage and then get off again

7) Join the audience:

7) Join the audience It’s a way to surprise and connect right away with the audience in front of me from a spatial point of view. A sk them their names straight away and have them stand up so that the others can see them This creates an immediate synergy, since spatial distance is shortened and the speaker is no longer a stranger, but part of the group, of the audience . Becoming part of the audience can be one of the most effective tools to connect with them from the very beginning

8) Super surprise:

8) Super surprise

8) Super surprise:

8) Super surprise The big “super surprise” usually requires more preparation work and effort It’s a good idea to work on a skill of yours and showcase it to the audience. Can you play the piano? Great, put a piano on the stage. .

8) Super surprise:

8) Super surprise You can have different skills: skateboarding, doing something other people don’t know how to do, performing yo-yo tricks, sporting skills, passion skills or solving the Rubik cube in five seconds… Whatever you want. The guiding principle is to start by showcasing a skill. If you’ve also got a big object you can put on the stand, do so. It wrong foots them and catches them off guard. In short, it captures the audience’s attention directly. Another advantage is that, if I showcase a specific skill in some field, the audience will transpose this skill onto the presentation I’m about to give, increasing my credibility and authoritativeness as a speaker subconsciously and directly.

9) An unwilling volunteer:

9) An unwilling volunteer

9) An unwilling volunteer:

9) An unwilling volunteer Mingle with the audience and take volunteers on-stage! You can use a blackboard to have them take notes or write down their remarks or the answers I once started by having a volunteer fold a T-shirt on-stage Using a volunteer is effective but very tricky. The risk of choosing a not-so-keen volunteer or one who doesn’t help with the presentation is high

9) An unwilling volunteer:

9) An unwilling volunteer As a rule of thumb, the best solution is to prepare a series of very specific questions or activities The big advantage of choosing a volunteer from among the audience is its surprise effect. The audience projects itself onto the volunteer and it’s as if they were all on-stage, thereby increasing their attention level. When you ask for a volunteer, the first reactions you see are people lowering their gazes and bowing their heads, But it can help you establish a strong rapport. Remember don’t be afraid to experiment, don’t conform and be one of the “crazy ones” Stay tuned.

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