5 Presentation Secrets That Will Change Your Life

Written by Debbie Bailey

You've been asked to give an important presentation. A lot is riding on how well you can deliver. The problem is, you're not sure where to begin. The last class you took on presentation skills told you to tie your hands behind your back and blend in with everyone else. Is that really a good approach?

The answer is a LOUD and RESONATING NO WAY. If you want to WOW your audience, you have to STAND UP and STAND OUT!

Here are 5 Presentation Secrets designed to help you see an immediate and dramatic improvement in your presentation performance.

Secret #1 - Manage Your Anxiety So That It Doesn't Manage YOU! Most ofrepparttar nervous symptoms you experience before a presentation are exactlyrepparttar 107985 same as those you feel when excited. Torepparttar 107986 body adrenaline is very simply-ENERGY. If we call it energy or excitement it is good, if we call it anxiety, it is bad. The first step toward successfully managing your anxiety is to removerepparttar 107987 negative label and rename that feeling you have right before you step up torepparttar 107988 podium, EXCITEMENT. Tell yourself that you are excited aboutrepparttar 107989 opportunity to speak in front of this group. "Excitement" is a much more manageable and positive emotion than "anxiety." Then use your excitement to energize you and help you communicate your enthusiasm to your audience.

Secret #2 - When It Comes To Your Delivery Style, Be More Of Who You Really Are! Everyone has their own innate "style" of presenting. Your style is made up of many different aspects of your delivery, including your body, voice, face,repparttar 107990 way you use language, level of formality, etc. The trick, within your style, is to be more of who you really are, which means knowing and then capitalizing on your greatest delivery strengths.

Many presenters focus too much attention on their words. With words only accounting for 7% of your power as a presenter, spending too much energy onrepparttar 107991 words alone is a big mistake. Your nonverbal delivery style-also called your presentation personality--accounts for 97% of your power as a presenter. To improve your chances for success, focus onrepparttar 107992 real source of your power-your nonverbal communication such as eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, movement, proximity, clothing, vocal variety, rate, loudness, and silent pauses.

Secret #3 - Giverepparttar 107993 Audience Allrepparttar 107994 Enthusiasm You Want Back! You can't expect an audience to be enthusiastic about a product or program you aren't excited about. Presentation author Doug Staneart concluded, "Your audience will have just about as much excitement about your presentation as you do, and no more." Enthusiasm is very catchy. Most audiences will match your level of enthusiasm pound for pound.

According torepparttar 107995 Lamalle Report on Top Executives ofrepparttar 107996 1990s, one ofrepparttar 107997 most important factors in determining financial success by those earning over $250,000 is being enthusiastic and having a positive attitude (46%). Apparently, along with being incredibly enthusiastic, successful people never underestimaterepparttar 107998 power of positive thinking.

Why does having a positive attitude matter so much? Research solidly indicates that expectations influence behavior meaning if you expect to succeed, it is likely that you will and if you expect to fail, you are more likely to be unsuccessful. Expectations create outcomes because we work towardrepparttar 107999 outcome we expect, even if it is failure. Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or think you can't--you are right."

Enthusiasm has amazing ransformational powers. As you release your energy using positive nonverbal behaviors (gestures, movement, loud voice, etc.), you will begin to relax. And, your audience will quickly become excited. It works like magic! Watch how easily you can transfer your enthusiasm to your audience.

Here's The REAL Reason Bush Won: The Dark Night Of The Leadership Soul

Written by Brent Filson

PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH: This article may be republished in newsletters and on web sites provided attribution is provided torepparttar author, and it appears withrepparttar 107984 included copyright, resource box and live web site link. Email notice of intent to publish is appreciated but not required: mail to: brent@actionleadership.com

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Summary: To winrepparttar 107985 election, George Bush had to get out ofrepparttar 107986 presidential bubble and start giving "leadership talks." In doing so, he provided a leadership lesson for all leaders. ======================================== Here's The REAL Reason Bush Won: The Dark Night Of The Leadership Soul by Brent Filson

George Bush wonrepparttar 107987 election because he was finally able to break out ofrepparttar 107988 presidential bubble and give "leadership talks" on a consistent basis.

But to do it, he had to facerepparttar 107989 dark night of his leadership soul. And this is a lesson for ALL leaders.

The presidential bubble is that physical and psychological insulation that descends uponrepparttar 107990 president ofrepparttar 107991 United Statesrepparttar 107992 moment he's sworn in.

Insiderepparttar 107993 bubble, people continually agree with him. Insiderepparttar 107994 bubble, he can give canned speeches in front of canned audiences all to his heart's content -- and think he's doing a great job as a communicator. Butrepparttar 107995 bubble ultimately is a blight, and it almost destroyedrepparttar 107996 Bush presidency mainly because it kept him from giving what I call leadership talks.

Presentations and speeches primarily communicate information, but leadership talks are a much more effective leadership communication tool. They establish a deep, human emotional connection with people.

It's taken me 20 years of working with thousands of leaders aroundrepparttar 107997 world to identify what leadership talks are and to show how they should be given. However, leadership talks have been around sincerepparttar 107998 dawn of history. In all cultures and countries, whenever a people had to do great things, one thing had to take place, a leader had to gather those people together and speak fromrepparttar 107999 heart.

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