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Presentation Skills: 7 Tips for Using Overhead Projectors

By Mike Aoki

Improve your results by using these 7 simple techniques during your next presentation:

1) Attach strips of thick paper or cardboard to the left and right hand sides of the projector glass to block out any excess light. This also provides a guide you can use to easily center your transparencies on the glass. (Safety note:  check that the paper or cardboard stays cool, despite the heat from the projector.)

2) Use tape to secure any extension cords that might cause you to trip while giving your presentation.

3) Before the participants arrive, find the sight lines for the projection screen. Have a volunteer sit where the audience will be. Then slowly move around the front of your stage or presentation area and have your helper note when you are not blocking the screen. Use masking tape to indicate those sight lines so you know where to stand during your presentation.

4) Face the participants, not the screen. Have a paper copy of the transparency in your hands so you can glance at it rather than turning and looking back at the screen while talking.

5) Use a pen to point to items on the transparency so you can remain facing the audience. If you turn to point at the screen, your back is to the participants.

6) If you want to unveil bullet points on your transparency, place a sheet of paper UNDERNEATH the transparency and pull it down the page to unveil each bullet point. Note: If you place the sheet on top of the transparency, the paper may shake or blow away due to the draft from the projector’s cooling fan.

7) Even if the projector does not work, you should still go ahead with your presentation. Remember, YOU are the best audiovisual!

Use these 7 simple techniques the next time you use an overhead projector and make a great presentation!

© 2010 Reflective Keynotes Inc., Mississauga, Canada

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Presentation Skills: 10 Quick Tips For Using Flip Charts

By Mike Aoki

1) Pre-write your notes on the flip chart page in faint pencil so you can refer to them as you present. (Your participants will not be able to see your writing, but you will.)

2) Test your markers in advance. Better yet, travel with your own markers.

3) Use dark-coloured markers. The contrast between dark ink and paper will make your writing easier to read.

4) Print in large letters so people can easily see your words. Use a mix of capital and lower case letters.

5) Remember the KILL principle: Keep It Large and Legible

6) Use no more than 5 words across or 5 lines down the page.

7) Use two flip charts to display contrasting ideas or “pros and cons”

8) Write only on the upper two-thirds of the page (it is difficult to see the bottom third from the back of the room.)

9) Ask for a volunteer to write for you so you can focus on the participants. But, be sure to help the volunteer interpret what is being said and help them edit the participant’s responses.

10) The most important tip: “Touch, Turn and Talk.” Have you ever seen anyone read from his or her flipchart while talking? All you see is the back of their head while they block your view of the page.

Instead, stand beside the flip chart, TOUCH the bullet point you are about to discuss, then TURN and face the audience (so they can see you clearly) and lastly, TALK. If you remember to “touch, turn and then talk,” you will always be facing the audience while you are speaking.

Use these 10 quick tips for using flip charts to make your next presentation a success!

© 2010 Reflective Keynotes Inc., Mississauga, Canada

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5 Tips For Attention Grabbing Seminar Titles

Why are certain people always noticed? Why are their seminars continually sold out? What is their secret? The answer:  they captivate their audience with a strong seminar title.

Think of a newspaper. A great headline grabs attention. You need a great “headline” or seminar title  that makes people WANT to attend your workshop.

Think of a TV news show. They use attention-grabbing headlines to seize your interest. Twenty years ago the average sound “bite” on TV was 30-seconds long. Now, networks use 7-second sound clips. You need to rapidly make an impact. A great title does that.

A great title offers benefits to your attendees. It improves your “back of the room” product sales  by attracting more people. A great title also makes it easier to write your seminar. For example, creating a title like, “How To Turn Free Speeches Into Paid Clients”, focuses your content in support of that title.

Here are 5 tips to create attention-grabbing seminar titles:

1) Use the “how to” model and offer a benefit statement. For example, “How to overcome your fear of public speaking and smile while doing it.”

2) Ask an open-ended question the audience cannot answer: For example, “Why do great speakers get promoted faster?”

3) Use curiosity: For example, “Learn the three secrets to a great speech”

4) Use a vivid statistic like “55% of people fear public speaking more than death”

5) Make an outrageous – but supportable – claim such as “Design a 1-day seminar in less than a week.”

Here is a bonus tip for choosing amazing titles:

Write one seminar title per index card. Show them to a friend. Do not ask which one is best. Instead ask, “Which seminar do you want to hear more about?” The seminar title they want to hear more about, is the title you need to use in your advertisements.

Great seminar titles boost attendance, increase sales and promise benefits to your participants.  They make it easier to design your seminar. Enhance your success by using these 5 tips for attention grabbing seminar titles.

© 2008 Reflective Keynotes Inc., Toronto, Canada

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