How to Present Without Fear – PRACTICE

Public speaking is one of the largest fears that people face. Whether a toast at a wedding or as business meeting facilitator- public speaking can be a nuisance. Some balk at embarrassment while others fear hesitating. Even for the most learned or the professional speaker, public speaking is difficult.

Overcoming fear is similar to athletic competition- one must practice before competition. Research with hundreds of clients shows that when individuals practice speaking they become confident and unrestrained. Presentations are not as difficult as they seem; they require structure and framework. Get help with your next presentation with PRACTICE©.

Preparation – No presentation can begin or even end properly without proper preparation. All speakers require a framework that must include 1) your audience analysis, 2) your purpose or motive for the presentation, 3) your 3 or 4 main points 4) any stories or statistics required 5) your call to action. These five components are essential to every presentation. Meetings today are run too haphazardly. Productive meetings must have purpose.

Rapport – Some presentations are succinct and do not enable much time for your to build audience rapport. You can overcome this hurdle with consistent interaction. More importantly, adult participants desire becoming part of the presentation. When possible, stop for questions, engage participants with case studies, exercises, charts, etc. If you relax your audience you too will relax.

Attention – It is important to understand that you will never capture the attention of an entire audience. People filter during presentations are think about a myriad of items other than you. However, to ensure you capture an audience majority it is best to use metaphor, statistics, and even self-deprecating humor. Participants enjoy hearing new information especially that which is memorable.

Conviction – Passion and empathy are keys for presentation success. Avatars of the speaking world capture audiences with charisma. The best speakers include King, Kennedy, Robbins, Clinton and many others. Participants even in business meetings enjoy listening to those passionate about the subject.

Timely – Presentations must be time honored. Research proves that business meetings and classroom training are too long. Keep meetings succinct and agenda bound. No meeting should last longer than 45 minutes to one hour.

Information -Dependent – The best meetings have agendas and stick to them. Every meeting must have an opening three to four main points and closure. Do not offer similar bromides others do. If you want to run an effective meeting then you must honor the framework of an agenda with only three to four main points. This framework keeps meetings focused and energetic.

Close – Our work over 27 years proves that over 82% of meetings have little if any closure. Every meeting must have a summary of key points and a call to action. For a keynote presentation this is imperative, a classroom breakout- a return on investment and for the general business meeting- completeness of task.

Evaluation – On completion of any meeting take a few moments to digress your presentation for evaluation. Never focus on the rote “smile sheets” handed to participants, simply review your work and areas that you believe might need improvement.

There is no such thing as a flawless presentation. Even the “best” professionals mar their performances. The key is to not worry, remain relaxed and most important- have a conversation. The best presenters have a plan, know their purpose, speak with passion and hold their presence. Yet, the most imperative tool for any speaker is practice. So, for your next speech remember to PRACTICE Your Presentation©. Now make it happen!

Copyright (c) 2008 Drew Stevens PhD

How To Use PowerPoint During Sales Presentations

Using PowerPoint during group sales presentations is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. But how you use it, is something else.

The person giving the presentation is center stage not the PowerPoint slides, which is often the case. Your PowerPoint slides should reinforce your presentation – it should not be your presentation.

You know, I do a lot of keynote speeches and sales training programs for corporate America. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been bored to tears by somebody’s presentation. It makes me want to itch!

Look, I didn’t wake up in a bad mood today. I was just reading an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about a venture capitalist guy named Guy Kawasaki whose reaction to PowerPoint presentations is just like my own.

So it got me thinking. I thought I’d put together some do’s and don’ts to help you, just in case you’re committing any of these faux pas’s.

Don’t darken the room – it really can put some people to sleep.

Don’t fall in love with your technology. You don’t need glitzy transitions between every slide.

Don’t fill up every slide. Less can actually be more.

Don’t have sentences that build one after another, and another, and another. It literally drives people crazy when presenters do this.

Don’t walk in front of the projector and cast a humongous shadow on the screen.

Don’t use a small font size. If people can’t see it from the back of the room it doesn’t belong on a slide. Use a handout!

Don’t use a dark background color on your slides.

Don’t use too many slides and make too many points.

Don’t keep your slides on the screen during your entire presentation. It becomes a distraction. There’s a better way – keep reading.

On the other hand here’s a short list of things you should do.

Do turn on all room lights.

Do use a white background color for your PowerPoint sales presentation slides.

Do hit the period key on your keyboard to darken the screen in between slides.

Do hit the period key on your keyboard when you want to show your next slide.

Do move around a little so your audience doesn’t get the impression you’re tethered to the podium or anything else in front of the room.

Do follow Guy Kawasaki’s recommendation of 10/20/30. Keep reading.

Do use no more than 10 slides. Focus on what you want people to remember. You can make it stick if you use fewer and better slides.

Do set aside 20 minutes for showing your 10 slides. People have shorter attention spans today.

Do use a font size no smaller than 30 points. Bigger fonts lead the way to making better points.

Do be brief and to the point when you’re making your key selling points.

Do have a sales conversation with your audience by asking them for their reaction to your key points.

Make your next PowerPoint sales presentation a more powerful one by using fewer PowerPoints!

And don’t overwhelm your audience with nauseating details.

Always leave them wanting more.

What Are The Risks For Employees Exposed To High Levels Of Noise?

onsite audiometric testing on their staff to ensure that they are not suffering form any hearing difficulties caused by loud sounds in their work environment.

What is noise and how can it affect your health

Noise exposure can be defined as the amount of sound that an individual is exposed to over a period of time. It can be caused by a variety of things, including machines, vehicles, and even people. When loud sounds are present in the workplace, it can cause a number of health problems for employees, including hearing loss, tinnitus, and stress.

It is important for employers to understand the risks associated with noise exposure and take steps to reduce these risks. Employees who are exposed to high levels of sound should be provided with proper safety gear, such as earplugs or earmuffs. In addition, employers should create a safe work environment where employees are not constantly exposed to loud noises by hiring professionals to carry out regular noise monitoring services. By taking these simple steps, employers can help protect their employees from the harmful effects of being exposed to high levels of sound.

In addition to the risks mentioned above, employees who are exposed to high levels of noise can also experience stress and anxiety. This is because loud sounds can be extremely distracting and make it difficult for employees to concentrate on their work. In some cases, this can lead to mistakes being made or even accidents happening in the workplace.

Employers should take steps to reduce the amount of noise that their employees are exposed to in order to protect them from the risks associated with such exposure. It is important for employers to create a safe work environment where employees are not constantly exposed to loud noises which can cause health problems.

One way to reduce such hazards in the workplace is by using soundproofing materials. There are a number of different types of soundproofing materials that can be used for this purpose, including acoustic foam and rubberized floor mats. These materials can help to absorb some of the sound that is produced in an office environment and prevent it from travelling throughout the room or building where employees are working. This will ensure that any loud noises which may occur during normal business hours do not pose a threat to employee safety or affect their ability to focus on their work tasks effectively.

The risks for employees exposed to high levels of noise

The risks for employees who are exposed to loud noises include:

Hearing loss: This is the most common risk for employees who are exposed to high levels of sound in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to loud environments can cause permanent hearing damage, which can lead to a decrease in overall quality of life.
Tinnitus: This is a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. It can be extremely disruptive and may require treatment from a medical professional.
Stress and fatigue: Such extreme exposure can also cause stress and fatigue, both of which can have a negative impact on employee productivity and safety.

Some of these conditions can be prevented by taking steps to reduce the risks of exposure in your workplace. For example, you can use ear protection such as earplugs or muffs when working around loud equipment or machinery; this will help minimize how much sound enters into your ears. You could also invest in noise-cancelling headphones if you have an office job and need some peace from outside distractions like busy street sounds etc.

Best practices for reducing risk:

Use hearing protection equipment (ear plugs/mufflers) when operating noisy machinery so it doesn’t enter into one’s personal space too easily. This prevents employees from being exposed over long periods without any breaks, which could lead to permanent damage.
Reduce overall levels of sound in the workplace by properly maintaining equipment and using sound-absorbing materials in the building’s design.
Encourage employees to take regular breaks away from such exposure, even if they are wearing hearing protection. This gives your ears a chance to rest and reduces the risk of developing long-term hearing problems.

How to protect yourself from noise-related health risks

If you are an employee who is working in a loud environment, you should know what you can do to protect yourself from developing noise-related health problems.

Here are a few tips:

Wear hearing protection whenever you are exposed to loud environments. This will help protect your ears from damage.
Try to limit the amount of time you spend in a noisy area, and take regular breaks away from it.
Keep your head tilted down when listening to music or other audio devices, as this will help keep the sound pressure off your eardrums.
If possible, avoid working in loud environments altogether. If this is not possible, try to find ways to reduce the sound level in your work area. For example, use earplugs or headphones with active noise cancellation technology.

What to do if you experience hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of working in a noisy environment

Regular audiometric testing is important for these employees who are constantly being exposed to high levels of sound. Such tests can be carried out by an audiologist, and they will be able to tell you if there has been any damage to your hearing.

If you experience any form of hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of working in a noisy environment, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to provide you with the necessary treatment and advice. Some employees may also be entitled to claim compensation for their hearing loss or tinnitus.

The risks for employees exposed to high levels of noise are real and can cause permanent damage if not managed correctly. By following these best practices, employers can reduce the amount of noise exposure their staff is subjected to on a daily basis. And remember, always wear hearing protection when working with loud machinery.