Powerful Presentations

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Presentations made by assertive, self-confident people can achieve the desired outcome. What can be more confident building than giving a powerful presentation? Being prepared is the main tool in giving a powerful presentation. Preparedness provides you with the ability to be ready when the unexpected happens, or when you are called upon to speak up or give a presentation.

What to Do When You’re on the Spot

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Regardless of the situation, things are guaranteed to happen, and not always according to plan. Irrespective of the presentation venue, four actions can help you convert an interruption into an opportunity.

  1. Always expect the unexpected!
  2. At the beginning of the program, “work” the audience to pre-frame them, to create a mindset. Through light remarks, humor, or other responses based on your read of the group, leads them to make commitments to be playful, curious, flexible, and energized.
  3. Create several positive anchors that you can use later. An anchor is something unique that you do or say that automatically puts the audience in a resourceful or emotional state. Examples include: A unique smile, specific place where you stand, the word “yes” in a strong voice.
  4. If something unexpected happens, first smile, and then quickly ask yourself “How can I turn this event into an opportunity to create humor or illustrate a point?”

Using STAR to Make Your Case

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STAR is an acronym that stands for Situation or Task, Thoughts and Feelings, Actions, Results. The STAR Model helps you deal with recurring problem situations such as repeated mental blocks or anxieties stemming from interpersonal situations. Using the four points of a star as the visual representation, the STAR model prompts questions that allow you to analyze the aspects of a problem situation — and turn it around.

Case Study

Diana was at a conference representing her company. With over 200 attendees it was a little more than she was used to deal with in regards to people. Before she left her office, she was told that all she had to do was answer questions after the presentations. This didn’t bother her as she was used to taking one on one type questions.

Instead, when she arrived, she was invited on stage to assist with the presentation. Diana quickly asked whether it was a misunderstanding, but she had to go on stage. Being still, being chosen on the spot was enough to make her a little nervous. She was well versed on the topic and carried out a good presentation while smiling, and keeping a positive attitude. In the end, everyone was happy with her speech and the day continued as planned, but Diana learned to always expect the unexpected.