Topic, what does american dream mean? Highlights on powerful presentations A fe

Topic, what does american dream mean?
Highlights on powerful presentations
A few highlights on delivering powerful presentations from this past week:
1) Grab and Hold Attention– When presenting, you want to open in a way that grabs attention. [Do this in your narrated presentations this week!]. Some ways to do this include: making the material immediately relevant, for example, asking, “Would you like to make one million dollars this year?” A compelling quotation can be a great way to open your talk. For example, “Consider this quote: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are right!” Today I’m going to tell you about the power of belief and attitude.” As I’ve mentioned in our discussion forum, a personal story can be especially effective not only in grabbing attention but also in creating connection between speaker and audience. And personal stories are memorable. An image or example can also be effective.
2) Keep it Dynamic– Vary your vocal dynamics and the pacing of your phrases, including room for pauses. Silent pauses are another way to create emphasis and hold attention.
3) Add Structure– As humans, we love structure. Rather than just launching into your talk, tell us first what we should expect to hear. Our mind then prepares for what comes next, which is the body of the presentation, the core content. At the end, you can tie it all together with a summary of the key points and maybe include a quote or observation that will inspire us to act or to remember your information for the future. If you opened your presentation with a story, you might close it with the ending of the story. That is a powerful, advanced technique. Coming back to the beginning in any way is called making your talk “circular.”
4) Manage Nervous Energy– If presentations make you anxious, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are some things that can be helpful, including breathing exercises (slowing down breathing has been shown to calm the nervous system), positive imagery, positive self-affirming messages, shifting the spotlight off you by re-framing your focus on your message rather than your performance, making eye contact one person at a time so it feels more like a conversation (or making eye contact with someone’s forehead rather than their eyes if that is more comfortable). And practice, preparation significantly increase comfort in presentations.
5) Design for Your Listeners– When building your presentation, it is helpful to address the “What’s in it for me?” (WIFM) question that is in the mind of your audience members. Thinking about what is most relevant will help you design a presentation that lands with your audience and holds their attention.
6) Keep it Fresh– You want to practice getting away from reading a script and you don’t want to read the slides to your audience; they will get bored. They already know how to read. Better would be to include a few points on your slide (fewer words is better) and use your voice to expound on each subtopic or bullet point. For your own notes, you might want to make an outline of your key points or bigger points rather than writing out full sentences to keep you sounding fresh and in the moment.