The P's and Q's of Public Speaking -

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The Presentation This is it,repparttar big moment when you tell your audience what a clever person you are and have them leap to their feet in thunderous applause. Okay, let's step back a bit - if you want their applause then you're going to have to work for it. Right fromrepparttar 119468 start your delivery needs to grab their attention. Don't start by saying - "Good morning, my name is Fred Bloggs and I'm from Bloggs and Company." Even if your name is Bloggs, it's a dead boring way to start a presentation. Far better to start with some interesting facts or an anecdote that is relevant to your presentation. Look atrepparttar 119469 audience as individuals; I appreciate that this can be difficult when some of them are downright ugly. However it grabs their attention if they think you're talking to them individually. Talk louder than you would normally do, it keepsrepparttar 119470 people inrepparttar 119471 front row awake and makes sure those atrepparttar 119472 back getrepparttar 119473 message. Funnily enough, it's also good for your nerves.

PowerPoint And for those of you who haven't heard of it, it's a software programme that's used to design stunning graphics and text for projection onto a screen. As a professional speaker, I'm not that struck on PowerPoint. I feel that too many speakers rely on it and it takes overrepparttar 119474 presentation. After all, you'rerepparttar 119475 important factor here. If an audience is going to accept what you say then they need to seerepparttar 119476 whites of your eyes. There needs to be a big focus on you, not onrepparttar 119477 technology. Use PowerPoint if you want but keep it to a minimum and make sure you're not justrepparttar 119478 person pushingrepparttar 119479 buttons. Why not get a bit clever at usingrepparttar 119480 faithful old Flip Chart, lots of professionals do.

Passion This is what stopsrepparttar 119481 audience in their tracks. This is what makes them want to employ you; to accept what you're proposing and make them want you to marry their son or daughter. Couple this with some energy, enthusiasm and emotion and you haverepparttar 119482 makings of a great public speaker. Just think of our old friend Adolph Hitler, boy could he move an audience to action. It's just too bad he was selling something that wasn't to everyone's liking. Give your presentation a bit of oomph and don't start telling me - "I'm not that kind of person." There's no need to go overrepparttar 119483 top but you're doing a presentation to move people to action, not having a cosy little chat in your front room.

That'srepparttar 119484 P's finished with so let's look atrepparttar 119485 Q's.

Questions Decide when you're going to take them and tell people atrepparttar 119486 start. In a short speech it's best to take questions atrepparttar 119487 end. If you take them as you go then you may get waylaid and your timing will get knocked out. Never - never - never finish with questions; far better to ask for questions five or ten minutes beforerepparttar 119488 end. Deal withrepparttar 119489 questions and then summarise for a strong finish. Too many presentations finish on questions andrepparttar 119490 whole thing goes a bit flat. When you're asked a question, repeat it torepparttar 119491 whole audience and thankrepparttar 119492 questioner. It keeps everyone involved, it gives you time to think and it makes you look so clever and in control.

Quit Quit when you're ahead. Stick torepparttar 119493 agreed time; if you're asked to speak for twenty minutes, speak for nineteen andrepparttar 119494 audience will love you for it. Remember, quality is not quantity. One ofrepparttar 119495 most famous speeches ever - "The Gettysburg Address", by President Lincoln, was just over two minutes long. Right, that's my cue to quit when I'm ahead. Public Speaking will never be easy for most of us but we can all do it a whole lot better.

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Stop Sickies and Make People Happy At Work

Written by Alan Fairweather


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When you notice an employee doing something you do like, tell them about it. When you notice something you don't like, tell them about it. Do it as soon as possible. Acknowledging a job well done is not much good six months later. Also, if you don't immediately call someone's attention to something you're not happy about, then they'll assume its okay. Either that or they'll think you didn't notice or you don't care. Do it in private. Why is it some managers still feel its okay to reprimand someone in front of their colleagues? Evenrepparttar mildest rebuke can have a negative effect on morale.

When you do speak torepparttar 119467 person use "I" messages. Say things like "I likedrepparttar 119468 way you did that" or "I'm unhappy withrepparttar 119469 way your reports are always late and I'd like your views on why this is". Avoid "You" messages such as "You're doing great". That can come across as patronising or insincere. "You're doing that all wrong" may cause conflict, lower morale and may not sortrepparttar 119470 problem.

Focus on one or two things. Don't run off a whole list of attributes or misdemeanours. Also be specific about job behaviour, focus on whatrepparttar 119471 person did or didn't do, don't make a personal attack. Employees will feel happier if they perceive their employer or manager as a reasonable and fair individual - someone who is quick to praise but also says when they're not happy about something.

When we start to look at what motivates people at work, it's important to realise that we all have different needs. It's easy to fall intorepparttar 119472 trap of believing that all our staff are motivated by money. However, research conducted overrepparttar 119473 years into what motivates people at work suggests some other factors.

Money is important however people are more likely to be motivated firstly, byrepparttar 119474 work itself. Secondly, by being appreciated for what they do and thirdly by a feeling of being in on things.

The message is - if you want motivated staff then make their work interesting, give them feedback and give themrepparttar 119475 feeling that they're involved inrepparttar 119476 business.

We can makerepparttar 119477 job more interesting by giving people more responsibility, assigning projects and by training and developing them. We need to regularly give people feedback on how they're doing; focussing on what they're doing well rather than on what is not so good. To meet their need to feel involved we should regularly communicate both formally and informally. We could also involve staff in meetings they might not normally attend.

These steps will take time and thought however they'll make a huge difference as to how employees feel about their work. If they feel good and gain satisfaction from their work then they're less likely to find a reason to "take a sickie".

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