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June 3, 2016
12 Tips to Help You Become a Talented Presenter: Part 9
 
As this series of presentation tips draws to a close, these final two gems will ensure that all of your focus, hard work, and creativity will make a memorable and lasting impact on your audience. Our journey so far has helped you to:
  • Know exactly what you want to say and why your audience should care – Part 1
  • Really understand your audience – Part 1
  • Build a powerful structure – Part 2
  • Open with style and impact – Part 3
  • Make it memorable – Part 4
  • Make it visual – Part 5
  • Let your body speak – Part 6
  • Get to the point – Part 7
  • Speak with impact – Part 7
  • Get rid of nerves – Part 8
There are only two more things you need to do now to become a highly talented presenter.

Tip 11: Play Nicely
Remember when you were a small child and you asked your mother if you could go outside to play with friends? It’s likely that she said something like: “Yes, but play nicely.”

That was really good advice, because now you find yourself all grown up and presenting regularly to colleagues at work. That’s what they want from you too.

This time it around it means:
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Lighten up
  • Have some fun and help your audience to do the same
  • Enjoy the opportunity and experience; don’t dread it
Tip 12: Use Your Best Fireworks
When my son was growing up, his mother and I loved nothing more than to take him to Disney World in Florida. Every evening we would watch the fireworks display with such awe and wonder, thinking that what we were witnessing just couldn’t possibly get any better.  Every single night we were wrong; the flair, crescendo, and kaleidoscope of color at the very end of the display triggered such deafening applause that it almost felt like the fireworks were still exploding.

A great presentation should be like a brilliant firework display where you save your very best fireworks for the end. Your best fireworks may be:
  • A powerful quote
  • A compelling story
  • A call to action
  • A return to your opening
  • A thought-provoking statement
  • A powerful visual
  • A touch of humility
  • A sense of humor
One of my personal favorites is to end by saying: “In closing, I would like to leave you with one final thought…”

Then you leave them with a thought that will not only stay with them but inspire them to act on your message.

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Maurice De Castro is a former corporate executive of some of the UK’s best loved brands. Maurice believes that the route to success in any organisation lies squarely in its ability to really connect with people. That’s why he left the boardroom to create a business helping leaders to do exactly that. Learn more at www.mindfulpresenter.com
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