From Presentation to Standing Ovation
by Ron Tsang
– You may have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across then they are useless.
– Your voice, your words and your speech is meant to improve the lives of those around you.
– One of the greatest investments that you can make is the investment in bettering yourself – become a better speaker and become more knowledgeable of your subject.
– Each of us have a fire in our hearts for something, and it should be our life’s goal to find it and keep it lit.
– Communication does not begin with your audience understanding you, rather you understanding your audience. Get your focus and nerves off of you and put it on your audience; what they need, what they want and their expectations. Pay attention to your audience and your audience will pay attention to you.
– We could not live long enough to make enough mistakes, we must learn from others.
– Present with purpose. Random efforts lead to random results.
– If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough – Albert Einstein
– Audiences that are confused cannot react.
– According to Aristotle, there are three ways to convince your audience: use your credibility, make them think, and touch their heart.
– How will you conclude your presentation? The words you say at the last of your presentation will leave lasting impressions so make sure you close out with excellence.
– Conclude with a call to action that will leave people uplifted and knowing what to do.
– People want to know that you have knowledge on your subject and not just speaking from a script.
– Try to speak, not read from your notes — it’s much easier listening to someone talk rather than watch them read a script.
– When your eyes look down to your notes, you are not connecting with your audience.
– Instead of memorize, try to internalize. When you know your subject, you do not have to say word for word rather talk about what you know and have learned.
– Relive your stories instead of just re-telling them.
– Know very well your key points, especially how to begin and how to end.
– More people are impacted by a story with a truth than mere facts or stats.
– Tell me a fact and I will learn, tell me a truth and I will believe, tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.
– Three goals when you are speaking in public: get into your subject, get your subject into you, and get your subject into your audience.
– Control your body language and you will control how the audience feels and receives your message.
– Smile and mean it.
– Ask yourself the following questions when preparing to teach or present:
1. What is the purpose of your presentations?
2. What is your core message?
3. How will you begin with a bang?
4. What is your first talking point and what are two or three examples you will use to illustrate your point?
5. What is your second talking point and what are two or three examples you will use to illustrate your point?
6. What is your third talking point and what are two or three examples you will use to illustrate your point?
7. How will you summarize?
8. How will you end?