Presentation Tip, One Tip to Get Their Attention!

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One Tip to Get Their Attention!

There is one presentation tip that can help you be a great presenter! Get the attention of your audience by doing this one thing.

Before I share this one thing, I want to remind you that to be a good speaker, you must be true to yourself! Be who YOU are during a presentation. Learn from others, but don’t try to be “like” anyone else. I encourage you to be a More Fabulous You!

If you are comfortable giving a speech, then your audience will be comfortable. There is NOTHING worse than a presenter who is so nervous they find it difficult to get the words out, or they may be fidgeting, or fighting with their technology. When this happens, the audience can feel it, and they want out as much as the presenter!

Learning presentation strategies should help you become more comfortable, not be more stressed out.

Presentation Tip – Increase Audience Participation

The one thing that you can do to increase participation – have GIVEAWAYS! Yes, give your audience something in return for answering a question. Everybody wants something for free. I have always been amazed at the concept, but it does work!

Everyone Likes Giveaways

Men, women and even the wealthy enjoy giveaways. I was attending a fundraiser with high dollar donors, and they wanted the giveaways too! I was surprised because they could have bought what was being given away. Do NOT underestimate the power that a giveaway can have!

Examples of Small, Fun Giveaways

A giveaway does not have to be high dollar. Below are a few suggestions for smaller giveaways. The more expensive a giveaway, the more specialized your audience will be. The small giveaways are good to keep attention while keeping it economical for the presenter or speaker.

  • Gum – Double Bubble works well for this – younger audiences love candy giveaways!
  • Hard Candy
  • Suckers – these are normally a huge hit
  • Fun pens or pencils
  • Notepads
  • Coloring Books for Adults
  • Books – Related to the topic or written by the speaker
  • Admission Ticket or Coupon – local event that requires a ticket
  • Gift Card – small amounts work well too!

Advantages of Giveaways

The next time you are preparing for a presentation, consider the power that a giveaway can have for your success. Several advantages are listed below.

  1. Attention Grabbing – Keeps the audience attention
  2. Fun – Provides fun during the presentation – everyone enjoys “winning.”
  3. Interaction – Gets the audience interacting with the content (HUGE)
  4. Highlights the Audience – Doesn’t keep the spotlight on the speaker
  5. Longevity – After the presentation, the audience will talk about the giveaways

In conclusion, when preparing for a presentation, consider giveaways as a great way to increase interaction. Your success as a presenter can be enhanced by introducing giveaways!

Top 5 Unusual New Baby Presents

So you’ve been invited to a baby shower or a friend’s just had a new baby and now you have to decide on a gift. But with so much choice out there, where do you start? Here are my top 5 unusual new baby presents to give you a helping hand:

1. The Nappy Cake.

Before I hear you say ‘bleurgh!’ this isn’t a cake that you eat! A nappy cake is made from rolled nappies, arranged into tiers to resemble a wedding cake. They are then filled and decorated with useful baby items and make a fantastic centerpiece for the baby shower as well as a fantastic gift as they really have the ‘wow’ factor. They are available in different sizes and to suit all pockets so there’ll be something amazing for your budget.

2. The Baby Bouquet

Instead of the usual bunch of flowers, why not go one step further and give a bouquet made from baby clothing rolled to look like flowers? Usually combined with foam or silk flowers and foliage these can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Also, unlike real flowers, this gift won’t wilt and can be enjoyed until the arrival of the new baby when the clothing will come in very handy.

For those on a more limited budget, go for a sock rose. Make from 1 pair of baby socks they are rolled to resemble a single rose complete with leaf and then wrapped in cellophane & ribbon. Especially good as a small token baby shower gift if you are planning on getting a larger baby present after the baby has arrived.

3. Baby Sock Cupcakes

Just like the real thing, but kinder to the waistline! These cupcakes are actually made from little baby socks each nestled within a reusable silicone cupcake case and packaged in bakery boxes. Get pinks for a girl, blues for a boy or a combination of candy colours for a mouthwateringly visual treat.

4. Baby Smoothies

Want a unique gift? Go for a baby smoothie – so delicious mum-to-be will want to drink it! Looking like a fruity smoothie topped with whipped cream, they are in fact made from a baby sleepsuit & hat within a smoothie cup, topped with a weaning spoon. A very practical gift with fantastic & unique packaging!

5. Candy Box Socks

Strapped for cash but want to give a memorable & useful gift? Try Candy Box Socks – looking like a box of brightly coloured sweets, they are actually individual baby socks. These will definitely last longer than a box of candies!

5 Key Elements of Successful and Efficient Conference Presenters

  • Be a slave to rehearsals… – no doubt you’ve probably heard it before, but even if you’re a seasoned veteran rehearsing is essential to a successful and effective web conference. Ideally your test run should come as close to the real thing as possible (i.e. be held the same room you will be presenting in, using the same equipment, even similar hand movements and expressions) to ensure you are able to iron out any possible unforeseen issues. While you cannot predict every unforeseen event, rehearsing dramatically increases efficiency; and in the event a glitch arises, don’t stress – it happens to everyone sooner or later – just keep calm, and carry on to the best of your ability. Maybe even keep a couple jokes on standby that you can use in the event your computer crashes, or another technical error surfaces.
  • …but don’t be a slave to slides – sure, slides can be very informative and helpful in almost any conference, but the key is moderation. Reading verbatim from every slide you present is boring and loses the interest and attention of your audience. Stick to bullet points on slides, and use them as a springboard to engage in active conversation and collaboration.
  • Put your own spin on it – while rehearsing, try and find a conversational/presentation style that you feel comfortable with. This will help put your audience at ease as they will feel more confident about what you are presenting than they would if you were reading directly off your slides and sounding like a robot. Helpful hint: the more familiar you are with the topic or material you are presenting, the easier this will be.
  • Enjoy it! – when you have fun with your presentation it shows, and if you’re passionate about whatever it is you are presenting, chances are your audience will become just as excited about it. Keep your energy high by going on a short, brisk walk or getting some fresh air just before presenting. And most importantly, SMILE! Even if you are only conducting an audio conference, people might not be able to see it, but they certainly can hear it in your voice.
  • Avoid ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ – this can be difficult for many of us, but these verbal tics act as instantaneous cues for an audience to tune you out and are the bane of all presenters. Whether it’s due to nerves, fear, a lack of product or service knowledge or confidence, rehearsing helps eliminate them – or at least keep them to an absolute minimum. Another helpful hint: if you are recording your conference and happen to have a case of the ‘ums and uhs,’ see if they can edit them out of your recording.