Top Reads Of The Week: Speak To Inspire, Present To Captivate

Speak To Inspire, Present To Captivate

Top Reads Of The Week: Speak To Inspire, Present To Captivate

Speak To Inspire, Present To Captivate

A huge part of our daily tasks and routines involve speaking. We speak to clients, our co-workers, and our teams when we have meetings. Once in a blue moon, some of us are granted the opportunity to speak or present to an even larger audience through webinars and live events. There is no doubt that speaking and presenting are a necessity in our communication with everyone around us. But a curious question comes to mind.

Are we actually good at projecting ourselves towards our intended audience?

The key purpose, other than to convey information, is indeed to inspire and spur on a course of action. But not all of our sharing sessions yield the most favourable outcomes we desire. There are times where our messages don’t come across the way we want them to. Or worst, having an audience who are more engrossed with typing away on their smartphones or engaged in conversation with others. Either way, distractions are always present, and it is up to us to carry the presentation to the best of our abilities.

Thus, we must captivate those we are presenting to. Gain their attention and take them on a journey with the end goal in mind. So how can we do that? Let’s find out more.

What It Takes To Give A Great Presentation

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Great presentations come with preparation. Many of the most memorable speeches or talks did not derive from the spur of the moment. They are usually well-rehearsed and have hours of thought spent behind them. And the most inspiring ones are those that come with the “wow” factor. Incorporate these into our personal style of sharing, and we’ll be on our way to captivating our audiences.

Do You Use The Power Of The Present Tense In Storytelling?

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It is true. The smallest adjustments can bring in the biggest change. And when it comes to imparting our knowledge and experiences, it is best to be in the present. Have a read on this short article where speaking in the present tense can have a positive effect on those listening and bring in optimal change.

16 Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Presentation Skills From 16 Powerful TED Talks

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Here are 16 ways we can improve on our presentation skills with examples from 16 powerful TED Talks ranging from Steve Jobs to Simon Sinek. They might be simple gestures, but the benefits that come with them can surprise us. These tips do not only work when giving talks at lecture theatres or auditoriums. They can also help us on a smaller scale, like in our office meetings, as well as when we are doing sales pitches to clients.

Bonus

How To Begin Your Presentation with Simon Sinek | Class Excerpt

This week, I would like to share a short video with everyone. Simon Sinek shares a few insightful tips on how we can carry out our speeches in a fun and captivating way, and yet, still getting the most important points across. Sharing and speaking to people have become second nature to most of us, and sometimes, we tend to neglect the engagement on the side of our listeners.

Have a watch, and I hope it inspires us to transform the way we speak and interact with our audiences. With that, I would like to wish everyone a great weekend ahead.

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